It is the contention of your 20th century African-American Christ that "Content of Character" is primary. But character is revealed through words and actions and certain words and actions throughout history have been consistently associated with a certain people regardless of the label one assigns to them. Would you consider Shakespeare a White Supremacist? However you perceive him, what is clear is that he considered himself different from the Shylock.
Would U.S. sanctions against Cuba have already been lifted if Castro hadn't expelled and confiscated the property of Cuba's ethnically indentified Jewish community?
And Yes, the U.S. needs Chavez's Oil but the need to maintain his status as villain in the National Media is on account of the effect his actions has had, and is having on Venezuela's Jewish population.
“The atmosphere of intimidation is terrifying,” said Rabbi Pynchas Brener, 77, a prominent Ashkenazi leader and an outspoken critic of Mr. Chávez’s government. “We do not know when this pressure will start to ease up.”
However, if the messenger's credibility is destroyed, then much like his predecessors, he becomes another convenient scapegoat.
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