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  •  No surprise at all. (2+ / 0-)
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    pico, LuvSet

    What else could most of them do? Jews were routinely slaughtered by White (non-Communist) forces during the Civil War that followed the Tsar's overthrow. Several of the Communist leaders were actually quite anti-Semitic, but they wisely realized that educated Jews could fill a vacuum left by professionals who had fled Russia post-1918. They actively recruited educated Jews and promised them equality. Jews really they had two choices: join the Communists (who at least weren't slaughtering them left-and-right) or emigrate. It's easy to blame the Russians (Jewish and non-Jewish) for embracing Communism. We tend to forget the number of Americans (and not just African Americans) who naively embraced Communism, believing it would bring about a sort of Utopia on earth. And again, who can really blame them for hoping? That bit of our history was white-washed and forgotten after the Cold War began.

    Just a few years ago, a member of the Duma used the word "Yid" on the floor of the legislature.  Not only was he not censured, but the body couldn't even pass a mild and passive note of "It'd be better if we tried not to use racist language here", which failed to get a majority vote.
    I remember that. It's a very sad situation. Most of the Russians I've known throughout my life are incredibly warm and generous people, the most loyal friends, but like the US, their country has a long and ugly history of bigotry.

    Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by AuroraDawn on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 02:05:22 PM PDT

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