The rumour that a 14-year-old black girl had been caught shoplifting by a Pakistani shopkeeper in the Lozells area of Birmingham, and subsequently raped in revenge by a score of his compatriots, is highly reminiscent of the blood libels that used to sweep through Tsarist Russia at the end of the 19th century and led to vicious pogroms.
…. Thoughts that are outrageous on Crooked Timber on Monday, are conservative talking-points by Wednesday and the conventional wisdom of the “decent” left by the following Sunday. Maybe I should be worried about that!
The offensiveness of, in particular, Dalrymple’s article notwithstanding, I don’t get why anyone criticized Bertram in the first place. Indeed, in my semi-annual class on “genocide and mass violence” I routinely propose a typology that includes pogroms:
Now the debate over the “uniqueness” of the Holocaust? That’s another matter entirely…