A major Jewish organization dedicated to combating anti-Semitism and pursuing Nazi war criminals is criticizing MSNBC host Toure for suggesting that Jewish Holocaust survivors benefitted from being white.
Writer and MSNBC host Toure (Image source: MSNBC via YouTube)
Responding on Twitter over the weekend to another user who said their family survived a Nazi concentration camp during World War II and immigrated to the United States with “nothing,” yet still "made it work," Toure wrote: “The power of whiteness.”
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
“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 told TheBlaze on Tuesday.
“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,’” added Zuroff, who is considered a leading investigator of Nazi war criminals who perpetrated the murder of 6 million European Jews in the name of racial purity.
Toure's comment drew a slew of scathing reactions on Twitter. Twitchy found these:
@TwitchyTeam Not sure if I'm reading this right, but I think Toure & Co. are saying my family's overcoming Hitler was abt white privilege.— Dat's Racis' (.com) (@hope_and_chains) May 23, 2014
I still can't believe Touré basically told someone to check their Nazi concentration camp survivor privilege.— Jayvie Canono (@OneFineJay) May 24, 2014
.@Toure They so privileged even their kids had their own private houses.. pic.twitter.com/CXZMRSIyW3— S.M (@redsteeze) May 24, 2014
.@Toure White people even got police escorts and everything.. pic.twitter.com/LWDxA2LA2k— S.M (@redsteeze) May 24, 2014
Tom Rogan in a column for National Review Online wrote of Toure's tweet, “In four words he trivialized mass murder,” and suggested the host make a visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.
Earlier this month, the Twitter account for Ed Schultz’s MSNBC show tweeted then quickly deleted the comment, “Gay people were really the ones being persecuted in Hitler’s Germany.”