Thomas Sowell points out that Jews are the most familiar but not the only middleman minority. Middlemen minorities perform a retail function and are resented by the masses. The perception is that they have created unjust wealth via little or no work.
Other examples are the local Korean grocer in the USA. The entire family works in the store often for seven days a week. Some of the locals here are hostile to my friends Sam and Omar from Pakistan . However the four brothers work seven days a week
with one brother on vacation. The myth is that a local has been prevented from owning a business by a sucsessful immigrant. This is not true as if you would like to start a business having a total family comitment is a big help. Most likely family members would not accept the grueling conditions.
Armenians and other middle eastern Christians and Jews filled these roles under Islamic oppression. Thus the fact that Jews and Christians were enslaved and fleeced via dhimmi laws is conveniently forgotten by the PC crowd. The PC crowd likes to ignore Copts, Assyrians and Zoroastrians as they do not fit their fake indigenous people framework.
Ibos and the Chinese of Indonesia also fill these roles in other societies. My friend Win can relate the brutal treatment of Chinese and Christians in Indonesia.The PC commie crowd calls Win a liar. They also do the same when Middle Eastern Christians, Jews or Hindus step forward. They also are fond of telling Cuban emigres how great life was in Cuba. I have seen Soviet Emigres look with rage at Commie tales of the great Soviet Union. My personal favorite as an old man beat the tar out of a NYC Commie who praised the killing of Kulaks. The persons father was a Kulak and the police took their time. They did not arrest the old man and I could not stop laughing. The person never said the word Kulak again.
Westerners tend to think of India as homogenous but there are several groups of middle men minorities. Parsees , Gujaratis and Sikhs are some of the groups listed.
Sikhs are not Muslims and have no connection to the colonial and human rights abuses that followed Islamic history. There are many Christians in India as well and I have several friends in the Assyrian Christian community. Assyrians often have Jewish sounding names and anti semites like Robert Lindsay assume they are Jewish. Robert Lindsay has also called Irishman John Loftus Jewish much to the bewilderment of regular readers. 167 has called Richard Poe a hellbound Zionista much to the bewilderment of Poe who seldom writes about Israel. Poe is a practicing Catholic but leftwing rednecks have an odd obsession with the 1% rule with Jews.
Lebanese Christians fill the middle man roles in Africa . The Indians of Uganda were expelled by the great humanitarian Idi Amin. The Indians were often Muslims themselves and Irsad Manji's family was one of them. Leftist also ignore human rights abuses in Africa such as the expulsion of Indians in Uganda or Zimbabwe's theft of White Farms, Subsequent famine and brutal treatment of gays. Leftist rail about crime in the USA butcry racism if one points to the high rates in South Africa.
Aparthied was evil but people did not starve in Rhodesia until Marx and Lennin were imported by Mugabbe.
This post will continue tommorow. Oriana Falaci's book is in and we may put Sowell on hold.
Beamish in 08, Ducky to replace Chomsky at MIT nobody notices because Noam is illucid and never made sense just like the Duck and 167 still trying to figure a way to spin his Communism into liberterianism. Use of pot does not make one a Liberterian.