Report; Posted on: 2006-10-07 14:55:23
The argument that European Americans are not victimized by hate speech and hate crimes is a pathological denial of the truth.
This is a passive-aggressive example of the negative stereotype that young and old European Americans are not victims of hate speech or hate crimes. Bay Area Anti-Defamation League leader Barbara H. Bergen expressed this stereotype by letter to the San Francisco Chronicle printed on 3/18/98, a portion of which follows:
"Clearly, every minority group which has felt the pain and outrage of bias-motivated violence needs to speak out to demand better attention to and education about the problem of intolerance in our city and our society."
Her limitation of pain and outrage to members of minority group members is a mean restatement of the victimless majority stereotype. Even though Bergen denies that European Americans are victims of hate crimes, the California Attorney General tells another story. His "Hate Crime In California 1999" report shows that no fewer than 834 European American residents in California have been victims of serious hate crimes from 1995 through 1999.
The argument that European Americans are not victimized by hate speech and hate crimes is a pathological denial of the truth. European American children and adults are frequently victimized by hate speech and hate crimes. European Americans have a duty to speak out to demand that European American victims of bias-motivated violence are recognized and respected.
From the site Resisting Defamation
( http://www.nationalvanguard.org/story.php?id=10312 )
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