How can one race be hated for so long? This question came to mind when evaluating the PBS broadcast television series on anti-Semitism, The Longest Hatred. Not understanding and having never experienced racism in my life and witnessing the testimonies of real-life survivors of Holocaust and the people who study anti-Semitism was ludicrous to my eyes and ears.
The drawings of Jews being forced to eat animal excrement and the murdering of their people is hard to believe and hard to comprehend. Watching this film, I now understand that hatred has been around for a long time and is going to be around for a long time to come. Richard Rubenstein, Professor of Religion at Florida State discussed that the Jews were the murderers of God, who was a Jew himself, and a people who decided not to follow the Christian faith (Rubenstein, quoted in film). People believe that the killing of Christ has caused the world to have plenty of evil and total damnation and so "they" blame the Jews for all the evil in the world.
John Rothe, a professor at Claremont McKenna College, also stated that the "Christian anti-Jewish tradition was a "necessary condition" for the Holocaust to occur, but it did not cause the Holocaust" (Rothe, quoted in film). In other words, the Jews deserved all the persecutions, tortures, and wars that they experienced over the long period of time. After watching the film, I also went over Professor Gordon Thomas' notes about the history of Anti-Semitism and why it so controversial. He discusses the fact that people do not actually know who killed Christ because the passages that Thomas took from the Bible are from Mathew 27:24-26, Mark 15:6-15, Luke 23:13-25.
He states that most Christians today would not say that these texts mean that the Jews per se killed Christ; the Jews may be taken to be "the people" in general, from whom all Christians and Jews are de…