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LSS: Keith Kahn-Harris: How Racism Became Selective

Description: Good Jew/Bad Jew, Good Minority/Bad Minority: How Antisemitism and Racism Became Selective

Keith Kahn-Harris

These days both racists and anti-racists are becoming increasingly selective in choosing the minorities they love and hate. The antisemitism controversy in the Labour Party is a symptom of this.

Today, lifelong self-defined anti-racists are accused of antisemitism and life-long Jew-haters proclaim their love of Israel. In his book ‘Strange Hate: Antisemitism, Racism and the Limits of Diversity’ Keith attempts to unpick the reasons for such strange developments.

In this lecture, Keith draws on case studies of antisemitism controversies in the UK and US in order to argue that we are witnessing the rise of ‘selective anti/semitism’ – love for 'good Jews' combined with hate for 'bad Jews'. This is part of emerging selectivity in both racism and anti-racism. Recognising and combatting this selective hatred requires asking difficult questions about how it might be possible to live together in diverse societies.

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Location: Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester LE1 1WB
Date: Sunday, 27 October 2019
Time: 18:30 GMT
Access: Public
Category: LSS - Secular Hall - Public event*
Created by: Public Access ( by LSS editor )
Updated: Tuesday, 27 August 2019 15:22 GMT
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