Friday, October 2, 2015
"SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE....."
Thank goodness for the Anti-Defamation League of the B'nai B'rith and its continuing crusade against injustice. The lynching of businessman Leo Frank 100 years ago in Marietta, Georgia, was probably the worst example of anti-Semitic violence in our country's history and it prompted the creation of the Anti-Defamation League of the B'Nai B'rith
I am astounded by the number of times I have heard anti-Semitic remarks in my community. I live in a small, rural county and there are no more than 4 Jews in the county, but even though the stereotype is that they all "stick together", I only know TWO of them personally!
Recently, an anti-Semitic remark was made in my presence. I asked the person, "How many Jews do you know?" She was visibly shocked and answered that she didn't know any. I asked, "Then how can you use derogatory terms about people you do not know?" She answered that she had heard it all of her life. I responded, "Then you've been offensive all your life!" I thought, but did not say, "At least you didn't counter with the old saw 'Some of my best friends are.....!'"
There is an ARYAN NATION group in our county. I would not be surprised to have a cross burned on my yard.
CLICK HERE to view history of the Leo Frank case:http://www.adl.org/press-center/c/a-century-later-leo-frank-tragedy-still-resonates.html