There Were Red Flags

The alleged Kansas shooter made no effort to conceal his hatred of Jews:

In a 2010 radio interview, Frazier Glenn Miller, the man suspected of killing three people Sunday at a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement center in Kansas, said he was interested in the tea party, voiced support for then-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and spoke approvingly of Ron Paul, the Texas Republican congressman and presidential candidate. In late April 2010, Miller, a former Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon, was a guest on The David Pakman Show, a nationally syndicated left-of-center radio and television program. At the time, Miller was running for US Senate as an independent in his home state of Missouri with the slogan “It’s the Jews, Stupid,” and Pakman pressed Miller on his extreme views.

During the interview, Miller was unabashed about his anti-Semitic positions. When asked whether he thought the United States would be better off if Hitler had succeeded, Miller responded, “Absolutely, the whole world would…Hitler would have created a paradise on Earth, particularly for white people. But he would have been fair to other people as well.” He added, “Germans are blamed collectively because of the alleged so-called Holocaust.”

His views on gays were equally charming:

Miller regularly railed against the LGBT community. He told one interviewer that he sought “the creation of an all-white nation within the one million square miles of mother Dixie. We have no hope for Jew York City or San Fran-sissy-co and other areas that are dominated by Jews, perverts, and communists and non-white minorities and rectum-loving queers.”

In another interview, Miller was asked if he was “gay-friendly.” Wrong question, he told the interviewer. “If you think about what homosexuals do, if that doesn’t make you sick, you’re just as sick as they are,” Miller replied.

Mark Guarino notes that anti-Semitic violence has been on the decline in the US for some time:

The shooting comes at a time when incidents against Jews in the United States are dropping significantly. In a study released earlier this month, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reported a 19 percent decline in 2013 compared with the year before. This continues “a decade-long downward slide and [marks] one of the lowest levels of incidents reported by the Anti-Defamation League since it started keeping records in 1979,” the report says.

“The falling number of incidents targeting Jews is another indication of just how far we have come in finding full acceptance in society, and it is a reflection of how much progress our country has made in shunning bigotry and hatred,” added ADL National Director Abraham Foxman in the report.

But Zack Beauchamp examines the global data, which paints a very different picture:

Screen_Shot_2014-04-14_at_11.42.56_AMThe most comprehensive data on worldwide anti-Semitism comes from Tel Aviv University. Its Kantor Center for the Study of Modern European Jewry annually tallies official reports of anti-Semitic violence, death threats, and vandalism, which it publishes in an annual report. From 1989 to 2012, when the last report was published, the data shows a clear and consistent rise in anti-Semitic violence.

Most of the violence was, unsurprisingly, recorded in places with high Jewish populations. Thirty percent of the attacks Kantor recorded in 2012 took place in France, which houses the world’s third-largest Jewish population after Israel and the United States. Europe also has large Muslim immigrant populations, many of whom are poor and socially isolated. This “globalization of populations,” according to Ohio State sociologist William Brustein, explains the recent upsurge in European anti-Semitic violence.