Are Jews natural race realists?

The question whether Jews are natural race realists might seem odd to some considering that Jews, since the 1950s, have been at the forefront of promoting the “race is a social construct” myth.  In fact, Jews today, following the lead of people like Franz Boas and Israel Ehrenberg (aka Ashley Montagu), have almost single-handedly transformed the social sciences away from Darwinian models toward black-slatist / race-does-not-exist models.

But things were not always this way.  Prior to WWII, Jews (and by ‘Jews’ I mean mostly Ashkenazis) were some of the most adamant race realists.   Mitchell B. Hart’s 2011 book by Brandeis University Press, Jews and Race: Writings on Identity and Difference, 1880 – 1940 (reviewed here), shows that Jews, prior to WWII, overwhelmingly believed in the reality and importance of racial differences.  Even Franz Boas, who later would promote the “race is a social construct” myth, early on believed in the hardwired reality of racial differences.

So what happened?  In short, WWII happened, whereafter Jews decided race realism was bad for Jews and began to promote race denialism.  Israel Ehrenberg (aka Ashley Montagu) and others even muscled the United Nations into declaring that race isn’t biologically real.

But things aren’t so simple.   Although Jews today prescribe race denialism for the West, in Israel they are the ultimate race realists and ethno-nationalists.  For instance, not only do Israelis deport and sterilize African immigrants, but they also practice eugenics (in the form of genetic testing of potential mates to avoid hereditary disease).  And such a double-standard is the norm among American academics, where anthropologists like Jonathan Marks & Alan Goodman stir up lynch mobs against goys (such as Nicholas Wade) who argue for the general truth of human biodiversity, but they themselves are rather silent on Israel.

Although the acknowledgement of this double-standard  a decade ago was limited to the fringes, awareness is becoming more mainstream.   For instance, Ann Coulter recently wrote a syndicated op-ed criticizing the casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson for supporting tough immigration laws for Israel but open-borders and amnesty for the USA.  And there are hundreds of similar blog posts floating around the web.  Twitter is awash with tweets about Israeli ethno-nationalism.  Even this week there was a protest in Israel against African immigration, where the Israelis were chanting, “Niggers, go home!,” which gained a lot of attention on Twitter.

My guess is that Jews naturally believe in HBD and naturally are very ethnocentric, but are terrified at the idea of white gentiles believing in HBD and being ethnocentric.  But what is important here is the “natural inclination”.  If race realism is the natural inclination of Ashkenazis and post-WWII race denialism an aberration, will Jews come back around?  Will the adamant ethno-nationalism of Israel force them to once again publicly acknowledge race realism?

Perhaps for some.  Others might just go ahead and deny race realism for and denounce Israel.  It’ll be interesting to see what happens.


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14 thoughts on “Are Jews natural race realists?

  1. You could see split with some of the more outbred Jews becoming consistent universalists denouncing Israel but with many Jews eventually having to come to terms with their double-standard….but only if this acknowledgement of the double-standard is forced upon them.

  2. Though Hitler (quite unlike Stalin) had at that time killed fewer people than the average South American dictator, the “anti-racism” campaign was well underway by 1938:

    By 1938 eugenics was “shunned in public discourse of the day.” (p. 250) Whereas such ideas were commonplace in the mainstream media in the 1920s, General George van Horn Moseley’s 1938 talk on eugenics and its implications for immigration policy caused a furor when it was reported in the newspapers. Moseley was charged with anti‑Semitism although he denied referring to Jews in his talk. The incident blew over, but “henceforth, the military determined to protect itself against charges of anti‑Semitism that might sully its reputation or cause it political problems …. The army projected itself as an institution that would tolerate neither racism nor anti-Semitism” (p. 252‑253).

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  4. Jews are naturally race-realist. Just like everyone else. Yes, the meme of “Nationalism for Me and not for Thee” has some legs. But the fact that “Niggers go home” is getting coverage from guys named David Sheen and Max Blumenthal is worthy of at least some attention. Progressivism is an existential threat to Israel every bit as much as it is to western nations.

    • But the fact that “Niggers go home” is getting coverage from guys named David Sheen and Max Blumenthal is worthy of at least some attention.

      Isn’t Sheen an Irish name (whether or not David Sheen is actually Irish)?

  5. >Are Jews natural race realists?
    The question whether Jews are natural race realists might seem odd to some considering that Jews, since the 1950s, have been at the forefront of promoting the “race is a social construct” myth.

    Are Coca-Cola executives natural refined-white-sugar-abstainers? The question might seem odd considering that Coca-Cola corporation tries to profit from persuading others to consume white sugar…

    To put it more plainly, just because the Frankfurt School has profited from selling nonsense to others in public, does not prove that the Frankfurt School believes such nonsense in private.

  6. I am not sure that i totally buy into this theory, maybe World War 2 catalyzed it, but the Jewish war on racial science and hereditarianism predates World War 2. Eugenicists in the 1920’s and 1930’s such as Madison Grant were already complaining about Jewish obscurantism

  7. While the trend you mention is true, it’s not just Jews: nearly all non-Jewish academics take a similar anti-realist view of race. And those you’re referring to are not best described as “the Jews” or “the Israelis” but more specifically many Orthodox Jews, who have always been race realists. While still a minority of the Israeli population, Orthodox Jews are dysgenically outbreeding the well-educated, secular, high IQ Jews in Israel. This is seen as a much bigger problem among most Israelis than African immigration, which occurred mainly in the late 20th century, and has since virtually ceased.

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