Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Here we go again … open season on Jews.

Kyrie Irving, whose main claim to fame is that he can throw a ball through a hoop, not only endorsed a so-called “documentary” that defamed Jews, but took it a step further when he contended the Jews were running the slave trade. I’m sure there were Jews involved, but the greater number by far of slave holders were in the South, where Jews were not too popular.

The simple fact of the matter is that the majority of those involved in the slave trade were other Africans who captured rival tribes, brought them to the ports and sold them to ships transporting them to the United States and the Caribbean plantations.

Before taking a step back, he doubled down on his comments. Then, under pressure, he donated $500,000 to a Jewish organization, matched by his team. He could easily afford what he donated.

Charles Barkley, a retired basketball player (and a Black man) wanted to know why Irving was not suspended (he eventually was). The simple answer is that neither the team nor the National Basketball Association had the testosterone to do so. You don’t need a license to hunt Jews.

Roseanne Barr lost her career for a racially insensitive comment. Michael Richards went back at a heckler in his audience who was making loud negative comments. Richards used a racial slur and was confined to oblivion. Chef Paula Deen lost a television show and a career after she admitted using a racial comment. But it’s open season on Jews.

Jesse Jackson, no friend of the Jews, called New York City “Hymietown” and never lost a step with Black and white supporters. Ed Koch, then running for mayor, was warned not to bring up the comment or attack Jackson or he would suffer politically. Louis Farrakhan called Judaism a “gutter religion” and never lost a step. That’s all OK because it’s open season on Jews.

Kyrie Irving never even (sincerely) apologized for his comments. He joins that “paragon of virtue” Kanye West, Ye or whatever sobriquet he is going by this week. His comments have spurred an avalanche of antisemitism. Look at the scum who were hanging banners on the Los Angeles Freeway with a message emblazoned that said, “Kanye Was Right.” But it’s open season on Jews and, again, you don’t need a hunting permit.

Pogo Possum was right when he said: “I have seen the enemy and he is us.” So long as we permit the Kyrie Irvings, Kanye Wests, Louis Farrakhans and Jesse Jacksons to spit on us, others will feel free to do so as well.

Bob Nesoff
New Milford
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