A little tip for Richard Silverstein, you don’t get to shout “Uncle Tom” or try to sound like a cartoon version of a black 60s radical when you’re whiter than cottage cheese.
You just don’t.
Perhaps proud black man, Richard Silverstein would consider Martin Luther King who said, “When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews, you are talking anti-Semitism” another Uncle Tom.
Richard Silverstein, an amateur hatemonger praised by the mainstream media because he directs his hatred at Israelis, melted down quite badly when discovering pro-Israel activist Chloe Valdary’s article criticizing Judith Butler.
Then Richard Silverstein suggested that Chloe couldn’t have written her article on her own.
Buffer, stepping in to help Richard Silverstein, the man with no filter. But don’t worry, the Forward and the New York Times will go on quoting Richard Silverstein and taking him seriously no matter how many crazy racist things he says on Twitter.
In response to Richard Silverstein’s racist rant, Chloe replied.
“To be honest, the attack really did hurt me. Not because of who had said it, but because I didn’t really think it was possible that in today’s world, in the 21st century, there would be such bold and overt racism expressed by someone who is looked up to in the media.”
“That someone would actually suggest that my writings should be questioned because I’m a young black girl, that was a painful reminder of what my ancestors had to endure, and it reinforced my sense of duty to the cause of freedom, to which all peoples must aspire.”
When this reporter expressed surprise that someone like Silverstein could hurt the feelings of someone like Valdary, she replied,
“Yes, Saturday was a very bad day for me. It’s not that he means anything, it’s just that you know my people’s experience is poignant and, to be frank, I’d never experienced anything even remotely resembling [the ugliness of] pre-civil rights movement in America. But it’s a teaching moment.”