Daniel Torday, Director of Creative Writing, on 'The Incoherence of Hate'
In a piece on Literary Hub, Daniel Torday, professor and director of the Creative Writing Program, writes about the anti-Semitic tract The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, QAnon, and President Trump.
From the article:
"Here are some facts about 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion': they were first published in the U.S. exactly a hundred years ago this summer. While they were presented to readers in 1920 as the secretly recorded words of a Jewish leader forming a conspiracy to overtake the world, we now know it is a fabrication, created by tsarist agents in Russia two decades earlier. Published here by Henry Ford in his anti-Semitic Dearborn Independent newspaper starting in June 1920, The Protocols purport to be the minutes of a series of lectures given by a Jewish elder, plotting world domination. And in their broad incoherence, they sound a lot like the conspiracy theories inundating our discourse now—and the president’s speeches."