Albert Russo
"Art is but a moment of happiness, it is like a lightning of bliss cleaving the never-ending horrors of our world."

America and the epidemic of political correctness

Concerning the Women’s March Association, I just found out how anti-Semitic they were, when they rejected a woman who wanted to join them, because she was Jewish.  See this article published in The Times of Israel:
Women’s March co-leader Mallory refuses to answer if Israel should exist.

Anti-Semitism, the oldest form of discrimination, dating back 3,000+ years, is a recurring sickness that is akin to acute cretinism.  And it is spreading exponentially in America, in universities and among the so-called liberals. Anti-Semites are as arrogant as they are ignorant.  America’s and Europe’s politically correctness is sickening and destructive to their own societies.

The Europeans  are losing their identity, because they are in denial, inasmuch as they fear their Muslim population.  Americans ought to learn from that lesson, lest their civilization disintegrate irremediably. The left and many so-called liberals are becoming too ideological and exclusive. They refuse to listen to other opinions.
They discriminate with the pretext of holding the truth. The same can be said about extremists of all stripe. You’re either pro-Palestinian and against Israel, instead of listening to both sides. The truth is never black or white, it is neither left, right or center, the truth or truths are facts and not ideologically tainted. The press is very
politically correct and often biased.  Here I include the NYT, the Washington Post, CNN, as well as Le Monde and Libération in France, the BBC, the Guardian and the Times in the UK, some of the once prestigious German, Spanish and Italian press.  I used to like these newspapers (I read them in five different languages).  It is the whole West that is now suffering from the Stockholm syndrome – meaning that the more terror attacks you get, the closer you lean towards the terrorists and excuse, if not condone them.  If that isn’t a sickness, tell me what is.

I studied and worked in New York City for quite a few years. New York and Tel Aviv are my two favorite cities, for they are both microcosms of the world, with peoples of all colors and creed intermingling like nowhere else.  During my stay in America I have never felt the tensions that now arise between ethnic groups there.  I am not a fan of Donald Trump, but I find the attitude of some of his opponents loathsome, in that they attack Israel ideologically on account of the President’s support of the Jewish State.  It is as stupid as if I hated America simply because I don’t approve of its president’s policies.

I now live in Israel and I speak regularly with Israeli Arabs who represent 20% of the population – about two million people.  They feel free and most of them are happy in this country, what’s more, they would never wish to settle in a future Palestine or in any Arab country, where women are oppressed, homosexuals condemned or even killed.  Christians and other non-Muslim minorities are threatened and murdered in the Middle East, with the exception of Israel.  What does that say?  Who are the racists, who apply the detestable laws of apartheid?

By the way, Israel is the most racially mixed nation I have ever lived in, after having resided on three other continents. Because here there are Jews of all colors: white, brown, black and Asians.  So much said for apartheid.  I have witnessed the real apartheid for having traveled to South Africa year after year.

Ill-intentioned people use words without knowing their meaning, they twist history and spread lies all around them.  More and more American academics brainwash their students, teaching them the wrong facts and the wrong values of life.  People who support Farrakhan ought to be ashamed – well-known writers among them.  Have they forgotten how many Jews fought along African-Americans against racism and for human rights?  Remember what the great Martin Luther King or the wonderful Louis Armstrong had to say about their Jewish brethren and about Israel.

Concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and BDS, you can go to my blog in The Times of Israel.  How inane are the proponents of BDS!  Without Israeli medical and scientific innovations, they wouldn’t be able to use their computers, their cell-phones and so many other high-tech products.  They are so ignorant that, without knowing it, they take drugs and medicine invented by Israeli researchers.  Of course, there are problems in Israel, like in any true democracy, but I am witnessing the evolution of an exemplary society, a society admired by countries like India, China, Black Africa, by the majority of Buddhists, etc.

I would advise you to read about the great French-Moroccan freedom fighter Zineb El Rhazoui who worked as a journalist at Charlie Hebdo (you do remember that the best French comics artists were murdered by Islamic terrorists three years ago). She is now fearing for her life in Paris. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zineb_El_Rhazoui

Are you aware of the fact that Black Africans are despised by Muslims in general? European-led slavery was a horrendous crime. But why is it that in America, no one ever mentions the Arab slave trade, which is still going on – see Mauritania today and how foreign workers are treated in Muslim countries, they fare no better than prisoners, since their passports are usually taken away from them by their employers?  For having been born in the Congo and raised in Central, Eastern and Southern Africa, I know how my African brothers and sisters feel about their former Arab slavers.  They are again suffering under the attacks of  Islamic terrorists.

You may wish to read my AFRICAN QUATUOR, which is being studied on all continents and especially in African universities by the new generation, the generation which, I hope, will make Africa flourish.

About the Author
Albert Russo who has published worldwide over 85 books of poetry, fiction and essays (35) and photography (50), in both English and French, his two mother tongues, and sometimes in Italian, (Italian being his 'paternal' tongue) - he also speaks Spanish and German and still has notions of Swahili -, is the recipient of many awards,such as The New York Poetry Forum and Amelia (CA) Awards, The American Society of Writers Fiction Award, The British Diversity Short Story Award, The AZsacra International Poetry Award (Taj Mahal Review - US$ 500), the Books & Authors Award, several Writer’s Digest poetry and fiction Awards (winner and finalist), aquillrelle Awards, the Prix Colette and the Prix de la Liberté, among others. His work has been translated into about 15 languages in 25 countries, on the five continents. He has co-published Gaytude with Adam Donaldson Powell, which won Best Gay Book in the USA. Albert Russo’s major books are the AFRICAN QUATUOR (AQ), his memoir CALL ME CHAMELEON (CMC), his humorous ZAPINETTE Series (Zapy), GOSH ZAPINETTE, the first ever series of global Jewish humor, his books of stories and of poetry encompassing 40 years of writing, entitled: THE CROWDED WORLD OF SOLITUDE, vol. 1 -CWS1 (the stories and essays) and THE CROWDED WORLD OF SOLITUDE, vol. 2 (the poems) CWS2 + the two big books dedicated to his beloved mother Sarah Russo (SR) + about 50 books of photos. His definitive biography penned by the Norwegian African-American writer, poet and artist Adam Donaldson Powell, UNDER THE SHIRTTAILS OF ALBERT RUSSO was released by l’Aleph (November 2017), Wisehouse Publishing. A humanist with roots in Central, Southern Africa, and the Mediterranean, he has been acclaimed by James Baldwin, Edmund White, Martin Tucker, Douglas Parmee of Oxford University, Joseph Kessel, Pierre Emmanuel, both of the Académie Française, among many other literary authorities, as well as by his African peers, Chinua Achebe among them. Albert Russo was also a member of the 1996 jury for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature which often leads to the Nobel Prize of Literature. Latest Prize: Best 2013 Unicef Short Story award in defense of childhood worldwide, for Revenge by proxy / Vengeance par procuration.  His 50-odd books of photography have garnered awards in the USA, UK, Russia, France, etc. Some of his work has been exhibited in the Louvre Museum, at the Espace Pierre Cardin, both in Paris, in Times Square, New York, at the Museum of Photography in Lausanne, Switzerland, in Art Berlin, in Tokyo, in Moscow, etc. The former Mayor of the Big Apple, Mr Bloomberg, has lauded his two photo books on Paris and New York. Some of his novels and memoirs have also been filmed in English, with videos 90 and 100 minutes long. Latest award: I have just received the following award. "Dear Albert, It is with great pleasure to announce that you have been selected as a Book Excellence Award Finalist for the following book: 'GOSH ZAPINETTE! the first ever series of global humor’ (770 pages). There were hundreds of entries from around the world and 'GOSH ZAPINETTE! the first ever series of global humor' was selected for its high-quality writing, design and market appeal. Congratulations. The Book Excellence Award Committee.” The Book Excellence Awards Advantage. More than just an awards competition, the Book Excellence Awards provides authors and publishers with extended support and resources on topics such as publishing, marketing, writing, publicity and social media. The Book Excellence Awards is a smart investment on your publishing journey and the results and benefits will last a lifetime! Literary website: www.albertrusso.com - "Art is but a moment of happiness, it is like a lightning of bliss cleaving the never-ending horrors of our world." Albert Russo “Inspiration is like delicious food that your taste buds remember, or a perfume you have long forgotten and whose whiff suddenly brushes your nostrils again, giving you pangs of nostalgia.” Albert Russo
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