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Schlussel on Racial Slurs

Debbie Schlussel, 19 September 2008:

Now, there is Sandra Bernhard…Her bigoted anti-Gentile video tirade against Sarah Palin is embarrassing, and as a Jew, I’m disgusted….The two slurs she uses against Sarah Palin–“goyishe” and “shiksa”–are derogatory terms for non-Jews, and I never use them. My dad taught me from when I was very little, to refrain. And I cringe when I hear other people use them. The terms are bigoted. Period.

Debbie Schlussel, 16 April 2007 (via Wayback):

… The Virginia Tech campus has a very large Muslim community, many of which are from Pakistan

* Pakis are considered “Asian.”…

When the connotation of the term “Paki” was pointed out to her by a commentator, Schlussel responded that

UH, ACTUALLY IT ISN’T A RACIAL SLUR. AND WHERE WERE YOU WHEN DICK CHENEY AND NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR FRAN TOWNSEND CALLED THEM PAKIS? SORRY, BUT WE HAVE NO USE FOR THE IMUS THOUGHT POLICE HERE. GO TO OPRAH’S SITE AND HAVE FUN THERE.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Eventually Media Matters took an interest, and Schlussel used this as an excuse to remove the posting on the grounds that “Nazis” were posting comments.

(It should be remembered that Schlussel’s entire foray into the VT Shooter tragedy was something of a fiasco.)

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  1. […] not using the word in either of these contexts, so that just leaves either colossal ignorance (cf Debbie Schlussel) or a deliberate – and opportunistic – decision to provoke. Given that on his blog he has been […]

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