Martin Peretz, owner/editor of the New Republic, has come under fire recently for his anti-Muslim comments–leading to protests at Harvard, where Peretz is scheduled to be honored with an endowed chair in social studies named for him.
Peretz’s bigotry has been well-known for years–and is not confined to Muslims or Arabs, though those may be the most frequent targets of his prejudice. Here’s a remark made by Peretz at a forum on black/Jewish relations in 1994 (New York Newsday, 3/28/94; Washington Post, 3/28/94; cited in Extra!, 3-4/96):
So many people in the black population are afflicted by deficiencies, and I mean cultural deficiencies, which Jews, for example, didn’t…. I would guess that in the ghetto a lot of mothers don’t appreciate the importance of schooling.
UPDATE: Sourcing clarified; one missing word restored.
UPDATE 2: See “Double Your Standard: Repudiation, Forgiveness and Martin Peretz” (Extra!, 9-10/94) by Alexander Cockburn for reactions and non-reactions to Peretz’s comments.