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Thu Mar 5, 2015, 03:01 AM

Letter: Tolerating stereotypes allows discrimination to flourish

Anti-Semitism is certainly not a new phenomenon, and current headlines emphasize that anti-Semitism is very much a current event. From the kosher supermarket in Paris to the synagogue shooting in Denmark, anti-Semitism is not a historical reference but a current movement. Last summer, the Anti-Defamation League conducted a global survey of anti-Semitism, involving 102 countries and territories and interviews with over 53,000 people. Sadly, the survey found that 26 percent of the world’s population still harbors anti-Semitic attitudes — that’s 1.09 billion people.

As French Prime Minister Manuel Valls powerfully said in a speech to the French National Assembly, “History has shown us that a reawakening of anti-Semitism is the symptom of a crisis of democracy.” Hate is powerful and rocks the foundation of our communal belief in the pursuit of equality and justice.

Anti-Semitism is certainly not only a European problem. It is an issue in the United States — as we saw in the horrific shooting at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas, last year, for example. Anti-Semitism is unfortunately a New Orleans problem, as well.

This Mardi Gras, on the St. Charles Avenue parade route in New Orleans, amidst the revelry and joy of celebration was an anti-Semitic sign that read “Don’t be a Mardi Jew. Throw me something mister.”¯Someone used a hateful stereotype about Jews in a public plea for Mardi Gras throws. This sign in the midst of a traditional and well-traveled parade route demonstrated that anti-Semitism exists with a strong heartbeat in our community.

more: http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/opinion/11758550-123/letter-tolerating-stereotypes-allows-discrimination

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This is just sad. New Orleans is such a neat place, but there is a vein of anti-Semitism which is very prevalent there.

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