Monday, November 22, 2004

Backlash Justified ...but Within Reason, Please

Cathy Young, a columnist for the Boston Globe, has offered an interesting piece over at Reason. She makes mention of the controversy surrounding Michelle Malkin's book,Defense of Internment: The Case for "Racial Profiling" in World War II and the War on Terror, and insightfully portrays, I believe, Malkin's motivation for writing the book:
She hopes that if Americans can be persuaded to get over the Japanese internment guilt complex, the profiling of Arab Americans and Muslims will become more acceptable.
Young also mentions Anne Coulter's book, Treason, an "apologia for anti-communist witch hunts," specifically the McCarthy era. I have yet to read either book, but Young does offer something that all of us should keep in mind:
The left's obsession with America's allegedly unique evilness, and in particular with real or imagined racism, has prompted a fully justified backlash. But that backlash can morph into an ugly and disturbing mind-set -- one that regards all efforts to confront America's past wrongs as the province of sissy liberals and wild-eyed lefties.
In an age of increasing hyperbole, we should all attempt to be a bit more measured in our arguments. Vilification is just as likely to call into question one's own beliefs as it is those of the vilified.

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