By Nicholas Stix
Back in 1992, when I was living in predominantly Italian Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, a racist, predominantly black jury acquitted racist, black Haitian Lemrick Nelson Jr. of murdering Orthodox Jewish Australian scholar Yankel Rosenbaum during the Crown Heights pogrom.
Nelson had confessed to police at least twice; cops found the bloody murder weapon (a knife) in Nelson’s pocket; and Rosenbaum identified him, asking, “Why did you do this to me?,” before dying.
After acquitting Nelson, some of the black jurors hugged him, and went out to celebrate with him and his lawyer. It was worse than the Emmett Till case, which at least had mitigating factors.
(The wife of one of Till’s killers claimed that the whole thing began when Till put his hands around her waist, and demanded sex from her. Till was himself the son of a serial rapist and murderer of white women.)
The next day, while I was waiting to be served in the local frozen yogurt shop, a 40-something, Italian stranger being served at the counter noticed me, and said, “Fucking niggers.”
Did I get mad at him, and accuse him of being “prejudiced”? Of course, not. He was a Roman Catholic, and had instantly recognized me as Jew, and yet, he was expressing sympathy and brotherhood to me. I understood what he was saying, and took it in the spirit in which it was offered.
“Rodgers declined to repeat the (‘really inappropriate’) comment that he found offensive. He said it was ‘that kind of prejudicial ideology that I think puts us in the position that we’re in today as a world.’”
I would say that Westerners’ failure to express hatred towards those who seek variously to enslave and slaughter us is, in Rodgers’ words, “that kind of prejudicial ideology that I think puts us in the position that we’re in today as a world.”
I guess no one will ever mistake me for Aaron Rodgers.
Aaron Rodgers upset by “prejudicial” comment during moment of silence for Paris
By Associated Press
November 16, 2015, 6:31 P.M.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Packers quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers said he was disappointed by a fan who made what he called a “really inappropriate” comment during a moment of silence before Sunday’s game between Green Bay and the Detroit Lions.
NFL games across the country Sunday included a moment of silence to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris. At Lambeau Field, a fan could be heard yelling an anti-Muslim comment. Someone then shouted, “Show some respect!”
After the Packers’ 18-16 loss to the Lions, Rodgers said it was important to hold such moments, adding that “We’re a connected world — you know, six degrees of separation.”
Rodgers declined to repeat the comment that he found offensive. He said it was “that kind of prejudicial ideology that I think puts us in the position that we’re in today as a world.”