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Penn State Academic Paper Claimed ASQ's Levinson Repeated "White Supremacist Sentiment"
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A paper published by Pennsylvania State University labeled an article written by ASQ State Section Chair William Levinson as echoing “white supremacist” views.

The paper, entitled “The White Meme’s Burden: Replication and Adaptation in Twenty-First Century White Supremacist Internet Cultures,” was written by Laura Jeffries and published in 2018. The article analyzes the twisting by alt-right pundits of an 1898 poem by Rudyard Kipling, claiming it is “frequently invoked in the online postings of white supremacists making various arguments about contemporary race relations.”

To make her point, the author pointed to an article written by Levinson on Israpundit in 2010. In that paper, Jeffries claimed Levinson’s article amounted to sharing “white supremacist sentiment:”

The versatility and opportunism of this meme is well illustrated by proponents of Israeli supremacy over Palestine who gather support from the poem, echoing some white supremacists’s sentiment that “Kipling is as right today as he was in 1899.” According to Bill Levinson’s 2010 Israpundit blog post, “It is easy for the politically correct Left to dismiss Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The White Man’s Burden’ as racist because of its title, but. . . . it was common at the time to use ‘White’ as a catch-all for ‘advanced and civilized.’” Substituting “Western” for “White,” Levinson and his readers are comfortable with the claim that Kipling was “100 percent correct” about the need to enforce the “Western” way. Jews were not within Kipling’s construction of whiteness, though Levinson freely adapts the concept to his purposes.

Levinson is currently suing Oxebridge for publishing the opinion that Levinson’s views are racist, and for pointing out that some of his articles were subsequently republished or linked to from KKK websites. Levinson argues his views are not racist, and that he only seeks to “dehumanize” terrorists. Levinson has falsely claimed that Oxebridge supports Palestinian terrorism.

Levinson continues to have the support of ASQ, Quality Digest, and other organizations in the quality profession, and has been promoted by anti-immigration pundits such as Michelle Malkin and Pamela Gellar.

 

 

 

 

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