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Late last week, MSNBC host Touré responded to a Twitter user who compared his family’s survival of the Holocaust to African-American’s survival of slavery with this message:
The power of whiteness: RT @hope_and_chains: My family survived a concentration camp, came to the US w/ nothing, LEGALLY, and made it work.
— Touré (@Toure) May 23, 2014
The Simon Wiesenthal Center addressed Touré’s ignorance and bigotry today:
“It’s obviously absurd and smacks of intense and disgusting anti-Semitism. It’s reverse-racism basically,” Efraim Zuroff, Israel office director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said in a statement to TheBlaze. “There is no question that part of the anti-Semitism that we see has its roots in the form of jealousy. This is a perfect example: ‘Jews made it because they’re white and Jews.’”
To the Tourés of the world, everything revolves around race – including whether or not you were ‘powerful’ enough as a ‘white person’ to survive, escape, and prosper during and after the Holocaust.
He hasn’t yet addressed the massive backlash surrounding what he said. His “The Cycle” show airs at 3 pm ET weekdays on MSNBC, so perhaps he’ll have a response at the next airing. Stay tuned.