Thursday, October 30, 2008

No, Josh, Khalidi Is Not About Race

Josh Marshall writes at Talking Points Memo about John McCain's link of Barack Obama to Rashid Khalidi, and without irony charges that it's all about race:

This is an entirely respectable, highly respected scholar. To go further into making a case for him would only be to enable and indulge McCain's sordid appeal to racism.
Khalidi is anti-Israel. Depiction of him as an unsavory character has nothing to do with him personally or his ethnicity, and everything to do with his own views of the Other.

The Khalidi controversy would disappear if the LA Times were to release the video of this harmless going away party. Who could be alarmed at the reading of poetry?

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