[Marxism] "It's All About Your Benjamins"

MM marxmail00 at gmail.com
Thu May 2 12:16:11 MDT 2019


> On May 2, 2019, at 2:02 PM, Andrew Pollack via Marxism <marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:
> 
> This morning on leaving home I stepped through the usual collection of
> menus, merchandise offers and other come-ons -- including one from
> Northfield Bank with the slogan in the subject line and a picture of the
> Franklin bill covering the brochure's face.
> 
> Someone in their advertising department who doesn't follow the news?
> Or perhaps in fact someone with a sense of humor who actually follows the
> news closely?

The phrase “It’s all about the Benjamins” had a huge pop culture footprint well before Omar used it; the official video for the song of that title has well over 2 million views:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0c58ppLPJcQ

This is why the attempt to smear Omar on the basis of her use of this phrase was so ridiculous to anyone familiar with it; it’s just not credible unless you think any talk of the influence of money in politics in relation to Israel is anti-semitic (which I trust we all recognize as an absurd position). It was probably the most easily debunked of the various comments she made that were invoked as evidence of anti-semitism.

I don’t think there’s any reason to suppose the bank’s use of the phrase was influenced one way or another by the Omar accusations. In fact it’s entirely possible the slogan was chosen before the whole thing blew up. 



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