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The Racism & Social Injustice Catch-All
No, don’t you see?!! I’m living in government housing so i can break the system from the inside! Also, the rent is cheap. But mostly to break the system...soon, I promise.’

Former Scorpions drummer James Kottak has been saying super racist and misogynistic stuff on Twitter for a while:

Quote:Late Tuesday night (November 26), Kottak took to his Twitter to write: "OK so the percentage of black Americans in the US is about 13% so why are they represented 50 to 60% on all commercials? Just saying call me out if you have a reasonable argument?"

A short time later, he added: "Maybe none of you have any balls to speak the truth?"

This is not the first time Kottak has called out what he sees as disproportionate representation of certain races in advertising. This past October, he tweeted that he was "sick" of seeing commercials featuring "interracial couples," insisting that "this is not reality. It is Hollywood shoving it down our throat," he added. "I don't have one friend or friends who live in this category...just saying"

Some other recent comments:

Quote:In recent months, Kottak has repeatedly used Twitter as a way to voice his controversial views. On November 3, he opined that "all law enforcement should be men." In September, he raised eyebrows when he questioned whether climate change is real, writing in a series of since-deleted tweets: "Tell me when one time you have seen 'killed from climate change' or 'death from second hand smoke' appeared on a gravestone....and I am a total anti smoker... it's all b s"

Back in July, he angered some people on the social media platform when he wrote that "anyone against America is a socialist communist asshole."

The unusual Independence Day greetings came after the musician wished his 18 thousand followers a happy holiday on Twitter.

"Happy Fourth.... Trump rules!" the 56-year-old musician wrote, adding in a separate tweet: "Any one against America is a socialist communist a hole . Happy fourth"
Most rock drummers can only count to four.

Noone like you! (should ever wear a uniform and badge)
the only response to that is:

okay, boomer.
"Why did she do it?"
"Why are you the fucking Police?"

(11-28-2019, 12:09 PM)ska oreo Wrote: the only response to that is:

okay, boomer.

nah, the response should be

"OK, you ignorant, washed up alcoholic, kicked out of the Scorpions, cliche rock 'musician' was prison in Dubai?"
I used to be with "it", but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what I'm with isn't "it", and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me.   -Grandpa Simpson
Some asshole adults took offense to black high school football players kneeling at a game.

Quote:The postgame fracas between members of the Detroit Denby High School football team and Almont High escalated as Denby players were spit on, cursed at and endured racial slurs, according to witnesses, the Free Press has learned.

Detroit Public Schools Community District Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said Sunday the school district was withholding any possible disciplinary action pending a review of Saturday’s Division 5 state semifinal football game, which was called off early in the fourth quarter because of excessive personal fouls.

Almont won the game, 36-8, at Walled Lake Central High School.

As players were exiting the field, tensions escalated after a Denby player shoved an Almont band member. Almont fans then began hurling racial slurs at Denby players, some of whom reacted by throwing helmets or shoes or climbing a fence that separated fans from the playing field.  
According to Denby coach Deon Godfrey, the racist remarks included the N-word and began as early as when Denby players took a knee during the national anthem before the game. 

And yeah I recommend not reading some of the so-called adult comments on the faculty's FB page. Ugh...
Two men in Sussex County, New Jersey stockpiled guns and far-right propaganda.  Racism and anti-Semitism have been on the rise in the county since the rise of Trump:

Quote:New Jersey investigators were looking into a routine complaint from a woman who said her ex-boyfriend was harassing her, when they uncovered something far more dire: The 25-year-old man had stockpiled weapons and far-right propaganda and had talked about shooting up a hospital.

Two months later, New Jersey State Police responding to a crash in the same county discovered illegal assault weapons in the back seat of a car. Later, they found 17 more firearms, a grenade launcher and neo-Nazi paraphernalia in the driver’s home.

The arrests of the two men rocked law enforcement officials in Sussex County, raising fears that far-right extremism is growing in this sleepy, rural area in New Jersey.

It is impossible to know if the two arrests so close together are a fluke or signal of a growing white supremacist movement in the county, law enforcement officials said. The two men appear to have no connection to one another.

Sussex has lately been seeing ugly signs of increasing racism and anti-Semitism. Vandals have scrawled swastikas in schools, and in a highly-publicized incident last fall, supporters of a Jewish congressman had their Sussex County home vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti.

Bias-related crimes rose from four in 2016, when President Trump was elected, to seven in 2018, prosecutors said. Though the numbers are small, officials say the general upward trend is still troubling in a county of only 141,000 people, and reflects similar increases across the state.
A grenade launcher?

Another day, another scandal(s) in Orange County:


That’s what one attorney is calling the rapidly growing evidence scandal that has swept the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and that threatens to alter the criminal justice landscape in one of California’s largest counties. 

The ramifications are real: Orange County’s guilty could go free; the innocent wrongly jailed on convictions built on tainted evidence – or evidence that was never filed at all. 

Thousands of criminal cases in this Southern California megalopolis of more than 3.2 million people are now potentially tainted after a week of back-to-back bombshells: internal reports revealing that hundreds of sheriff’s deputies sat on evidence and dozens of others lied about filing it. 

Now Orange County Sheriff’s officials are blasting assertions by the county’s assistant public defender, Scott Sanders, that deputies failed to book evidence in as many as 9,000 cases and are fielding terse demands from the county’s district attorney for more information in the wake of the audits that showed two years of nearly department-wide evidence mishandling.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department in 2018 undertook a pair of evidence audits. The first one looked at almost 99,000 police reports over a two-year period. It showed evidence in 30 percent of the reports was mishandled in some way, and the department did not retain evidence in nearly 72,000 cases.
To avoid a "media circus," the UNC Board of Governors gifted the infamous Silent Sam statue and a $2.5 million trust - and then they tried to sneak it all past the public in a pre-Thanksgiving news dump:

Quote:Last Wednesday, with large swaths of the American workforce winding down and looking ahead to a long weekend, an unusual deal was struck. The University of North Carolina’s board of governors, the group that sits atop the state’s public college system, announced that it had reached a $2.5 million agreement with the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV). The lawsuit filed by SCV concerned the decision by the state’s flagship university, UNC-Chapel Hill, not to remount its controversial Confederate statue, known popularly as Silent Sam, after students tore it down last August. Rather than take the case to court, the UNC board settled with SCV, with the terms of the agreement stipulating both that SCV would receive custody of the statue and that the $2.5 million trust had to be spent on “certain limited expenses related to the care and preservation of the monument, including potentially a facility to house and display the monument.” 

In effect, the board, using money pulled from interest accrued by the system’s endowment investments, had paid in full for a new home for Silent Sam, the location of which would be decided by a group that can comfortably be called Confederate sympathizers, at the very least. The announcement came as a shock to many who had been following the case—prior to the board’s press release, it wasn’t public knowledge that a lawsuit had ever been filed by SCV, nor was it clear why the UNC board would settle with them at all. Commanding a weighty endowment and public funding as well as a cadre of legal experts, it seemed clear to even the untrained eye that the board could have taken the case to court and won, either through an initial ruling or by bleeding out SCV’s coffers. 

Then, on Saturday, North Carolina lawyer and UNC alum T. Greg Doucette noted a curious line in The New York Times’ write-up of the settlement: Speaking with the head of SCV, the Times noted that “he did not know specifically when his group had sued the university but said that negotiations had been going on for months.” In a thread that would quickly go viral, Doucette wrote that it was odd that one would not even have a ballpark figure on hand for when a lawsuit was filed, especially when fielding a press interview about said lawsuit. 

After digging through North Carolina’s digital legal filings database, Doucette discovered that in fact everything happened in the span of a few hours—SCV filed the lawsuit, the UNC board offered an overly hefty settlement agreement with very specific stipulations, both parties signed it, and a press release was sent out from both parties. All on the eve of a national holiday. It’s a sequence of events that inevitably raises questions. “The whole damn thing is ludicrous,” Doucette wrote in a message to The New Republic, pointing out, as he had on Twitter, that $2.5 million amounts to an “annuity” for Confederate apologists.
George Zimmerman is suing Trayvon Martin's family for 100 million dollars because this is the garbage reality we live in now:
Zimmerman decorating someone's front bumper would be a nice Christmas present.
Originally Posted by ImmortanNick 

Saw Batman v Superman.
Now I know what it's like to see Nickelback in concert.

That's my review.

Quote:A number of West Virginia government employees were suspended Wednesday after a recent photo emerged showing them performing a Nazi salute. 

The photo shows roughly 30 employees of the state’s Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety making the racist gesture, which was used to hail German dictator Adolf Hitler while he oversaw the slaughter of millions of Jews during World War II. They posed under the text “HAIL BYRD!” ― a phrase similar to the one used to salute Hitler.

“I have directed Secretary Jeff Sandy of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety to continue actively investigating this incident and I have ordered the termination of all those that are found to be involved in this conduct,”

In 2016, our apathy allowed this disease to take hold, and these grotesque human beings to decide it was safe to crawl out of their hiding holes into the light of day.

In 2020, we either stand up and shame them back into hiding, or before long they'll be doing this kind of thing without fear of reprisal.
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Fiftenn years ago, Alaska's fastest-growing area decided against paying for more local police officers. Instead, tt's continued to rely largely on state troopers.  Meanwhile, 98 small villages received no state law enforcement this year and 70 had no police of any kind:

Quote:Because this emergency fell just outside of Palmer city limits, it too was considered a job for troopers, not city police. “I am the closest unit, and I’m 17 miles away,” Anderson said.

Nowhere in Alaska is the two-tiered justice system more evident than here in the fastest-growing region of the state. Many far-flung Native villages go unprotected while mostly wealthier, and mostly non-Native, communities on the road system receive the lion’s share of state-funded law enforcement.

Troopers like Anderson work for a state police agency created in 1953 to provide basic law enforcement in areas too small or too remote to employ local police. In addition to search and rescue missions, felony investigations and highway patrol, they also must protect any area where residents can’t or won’t pay for their own cops.

But what happens when one such community is also one of the most highly populated and easily accessible places in Alaska? Fifteen years ago, a blue-ribbon task force recommended the Matanuska-Susitna Borough adopt police powers and begin paying for its own law enforcement. It didn’t follow that advice. And since then, the population here has grown by 41%.

A similar scenario is playing out in other well-populated areas outside city limits, including on the outskirts of Fairbanks and on the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage. They, too, use troopers to respond to burglaries, domestic violence calls and other incidents that in other states would be handled by city police or county sheriffs.

With a limited number of troopers available statewide, those who stand to lose out are villages, many with predominantly Alaska Native populations that have no law enforcement of any kind. The Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica reported in May that 98 villages — communities with a total population of 30,000 — had no state-funded law enforcement at some point in 2019. (Of that number, about 70 communities had no local police of any kind, meaning no village city police officers or tribal officers.)

Residents in these communities sometimes have to wait hours, or even days, for a trooper to respond to an emergency. They report being forced to lock themselves in their homes or even having to tackle and duct-tape suspects until a trooper arrives. Victims of sexual assaults sometimes must avoid showering for a day or more until they can be flown by plane to a larger city for a sexual assault examination.

This, anthropologist Rosita Worl said, is what inequality looks like.

“We are citizens of the state of Alaska,” said Worl, who is from the Tlingit tribe and president of the Juneau-based Sealaska Heritage Institute. “We are entitled to the same services that the state provides other citizens.”
This video is really something:

Quote:Holy fuck. You guys need to check out this video of the protest in Seattle yesterday. This SPD officer *trips over his own bike*, and then uses it as an excuse to violently attack and arrest a protester 10 feet away from him (who was moving backwards, obeying orders). Appalling.

This one too:

Quote:BUT THAT'S NOT ALL. Just 20 minutes before that, Seattle Police officers were recorded running into pedestrians with their bikes, and then violently arresting the victims for what they claimed was assault. Even for SPD, yesterday was a vicious escalation.
Alaska: "We need more cops!"

Seattle: "We can spare some."

Alaska: "Nah, we're good, thanks."
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Click the link to see all three pictures of the symbol from three separate cadets:

This video is shockingly violent, so maybe wait until after work.  Good grief, though, is it shocking:

Quote:A school resource officer is on leave after surveillance video captured him body-slamming a North Carolina middle schooler to the ground twice while escorting him to the school’s office, according to local media reports.

The video taken at Vance County Middle School and obtained by local news outlets shows the sheriff’s deputy walking alongside the child, only described as being under the age of 12, before the deputy suddenly lifts the boy up and throws him to the ground.

The deputy then grabs the boy’s limp body off the floor and throws him down again before pulling the child back onto his feet and dragging him down the hall.

Vance County Schools filed a complaint with the sheriff’s office on Friday. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation will now investigate the matter, Vance County Sheriff Curtis Brame told WNCN.

“We went over and when we first saw the video, we were stunned, we were shocked,” Brame told the local station. “We all are parents and grandparents that have children at that same age, so it brought some great concern to us.”

Brame added that the school resource officer, one of two assigned to the school, has been placed on paid leave amid an investigation into the incident.

Vance County Schools said it is fully cooperating with that investigation.

“I don’t expect my deputy or any deputy or law enforcement in North Carolina to carry out their duties in that way,” the school district said in a statement obtained by WNCN. “The safety of our students has been and continues to be of the utmost importance to our district.”
William Stark, who lives next door to a school where 60% of the students are not white, says the Nazi and Confederate symbols he's plastered outside his house are not racist:

Quote:A homeowner living next to an elementary school in Iowa is facing backlash for painting Confederate battle flags and swastikas on pallets around his property. The symbols are clearly visible from the school.

"It's a free country," William Stark said. "I'll put it out there if I want to."

He added that people shouldn't construe the painted pallets as racist.

But Morris Elementary in Des Moines disagreed and released a statement denouncing Stark's display. School officials say the students, who are about 60% nonwhite, see the symbols when arriving and leaving the school and even from the playground.

"They don't know their history, evidently," Stark said. "That's the only reason I can think of that they can think anything bad about it—they don't know their history."

Meg Viola, a school parent, said the swastika is a symbol of white supremacism and is racist, offensive, and disgusting.

"It'd really be nice if they just take the stuff down," Viola said.

But Stark said he has no plans to do so.

City officials labeled his property a nuisance earlier this year.

"What they have posted out there is not teaching our children to be inclusive and to love everyone," Viola said.
Part of me is morbidly curious as to what this dipshit considers "history" that absolves these symbols of their thoroughly racist meanings and connotations....

...but most of me knows any answer he gives would be bullshit misinformation and there's no talking to him about it anyway.
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He'd probably start crying about reverse racism because of course he would.
Originally Posted by ImmortanNick 

Saw Batman v Superman.
Now I know what it's like to see Nickelback in concert.

That's my review.
An interesting piece about a rabbi seeking a Muslim's advice after the Jersey City shooting:

Quote:After Tuesday’s massacre in Jersey City, New Jersey’s Jews are still in shock, just like the Jews in Pittsburgh last year. When our Shabbat services ended the day of that shooting, I left the sanctuary to be greeted by a fleet of police cars surrounding our synagogue. As I learned what happened 350 miles to the west I thought of Sinclair Lewis’ ironically titled 1935 novel, “It Can’t Happen Here.” What he meant, of course, was it can happen here. And it just did.

I’ve been thinking about the words of leaders from my own community. This morning’s Jewish Insider, a daily email digest of news of interest to the Jewish community, quotes two of them:

“Are Jews safe in New York City? It seems that in the New York metropolitan area, they are not.”

“We have to be clear as a Jewish community that we are not simply offended, but we're wounded by attacks on any one of us. And if it's unsafe to walk around Brooklyn or go to the grocery store in Jersey City, that's a very serious issue for our entire community.”

The first quote is from Rabbi David Niederman, called a leader in the Satmar Hasidic community by the “Jewish Insider.” The second is from Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism. I suppose we can take comfort that these leaders of the right and left flanks of the Jewish religious community are on the same page.

And having worked closely with local and state police and federal agencies during my 20 years leading a large congregation, I know they are fully committed to our well-being as a Jewish community.

And, perhaps, this latest massacre will increase the momentum for the serious and effective gun policies this country so obviously needs.

All of which is well and good. But, If antisemitic incidents are on the rise, we Jews have to figure out what we do next. Then, I thought, who better to ask than a Muslim? And I knew which Muslim to ask.

My friend Ahmed Shedeed, president of the Islamic Center of Jersey City, was Sen. Cory Booker’s guest to the 2016 State of the Union address. Ahmed founded a program of annual visits to Jersey City by West Point cadets to learn about diversity. He serves on the FBI, NJ Attorney General and Homeland Security community relation committees.

He is a religious Muslim and one of the most civic minded people I have ever met. He’s been friends with every rabbi to serve in Jersey City for the last few decades and was a speaker at last night’s interfaith service at Temple Beth-El.

I asked, Ahmed, what should the Jewish community do?

He did not hesitate. “Do not isolate yourselves. Do not bar the doors. That would be the worst thing of all. In fact, whenever our community has faced a crisis, like when President Trump signed the first Muslim ban in early 2017, nobody stood up for us more than the Jewish community.”

His words were heartening. And instructive. Over the last few days, social media has been ablaze with the need to circle the wagons: “We have to take care of our own.” “It’s us against the world.” “We cannot depend on others.” Jewish gun hawks are emboldened.

But Ahmed advocates a better course: we should reach out for help. Now.

Some Jews view antisemitism as unique; it has nothing to do with other prejudices. But that is wrong. Almost always, the violent antisemite is also anti people of color, anti Muslim, anti immigrants. He or she is often anti anyone who does not look, sound or believe like him or her. And under the leadership of a president who, after Charlottesville, insisted that there are “good people on both sides,” they feel empowered to act.

Many Jews were part of civil rights era coalitions. (My own predecessor, Rabbi Joachim Prinz, spoke just before Martin Luther King, Jr. at the March on Washington.) And as Ahmed noted, many Jews protested the Muslim ban and many have traveled to the southern border to protest the treatment of immigrant children. Why? Because it was the right thing to do.
First-degree murder for a Nazi who stabbed a black soldier in 2017 because of his skin color:

Quote:Sean Urbanski, the man charged with fatally stabbing Army 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III on the University of Maryland’s College Park campus in 2017, has been convicted of first-degree murder.

The jury deliberated for about two hours Wednesday following a two-week trial in Prince George’s County Circuit Court.

Earlier in the week, Judge Lawrence Hill tossed out the other charge Urbanski was facing — a state count of hate crime resulting in death — ruling prosecutors had failed to show that Urbanski, who is white, stabbed Collins to death in May 2017 specifically because Collins was black.

Urbanski, who will be sentenced April 16, will face a maximum sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole.

Prosecutors in the case had argued the killing was racially motivated, that Urbanski had “poisoned” his mind with Nazi and white supremacist propaganda, including racist memes that were found on his phone.

Urbanski’s defense attorneys did not dispute that Urbanski stabbed Collins, but they asked the jury for a verdict of second-degree murder, arguing the ex-University of Maryland college student was “stupid drunk” at the time of the stabbing and too intoxicated to form the premeditation necessary for first-degree murder.

Quote:An Army investigation into the hand gestures flashed during a broadcast of last week’s Army/Navy football game found they were not racist. Disappointing but not surprising.

According to NBC News, an internal investigation by the U.S Military Academy found that the students were playing “the circle game.” In this game, a person holds a circle below their waist and they get to punch whoever notices.

What is the point of playing the circle game on national TV? Are they going to personally visit the homes of millions of viewers to punch them in the shoulder? These are cadets, the age group that quite likely could have grown up with 4Chan, 8Chan, and far-right YouTube. One has to wonder if these factors were even considered in the surprisingly short investigation.

So, our government is now openly covering for and promoting white supremacy.

Good times.
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(12-21-2019, 08:20 PM)farsight Wrote:

Quote:An Army investigation into the hand gestures flashed during a broadcast of last week’s Army/Navy football game found they were not racist. Disappointing but not surprising.

According to NBC News, an internal investigation by the U.S Military Academy found that the students were playing “the circle game.” In this game, a person holds a circle below their waist and they get to punch whoever notices.

What is the point of playing the circle game on national TV? Are they going to personally visit the homes of millions of viewers to punch them in the shoulder? These are cadets, the age group that quite likely could have grown up with 4Chan, 8Chan, and far-right YouTube. One has to wonder if these factors were even considered in the surprisingly short investigation.

So, our government is now openly covering for and promoting white supremacy.

Good times.

The Circle Game has been a thing at the service academies (and the military in general, at least when I was in) for a long time. Decades at a minimum.
Yeah... it was a game Military brats played on base when I was kid. It is a dumb game, but I think the symbol was appropriated by racists and most people really don't know. The first time I heard of that usage, I couldn't figure out where or what was going on.
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Not buying it. The circle game in my experience is supposed to be making that gesture below the waist.
There's also no reason to be making the gesture where it can only be seen on camera. What's the game? "Now I get to go to every TV viewers' house and sock 'em!"???

This is what assholes do when they're called out for being assholes. And what assholes in government do to protect fellow assholes.
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Yeah, 4chan/8chan do this a lot it would seem. Get something innocuous like Pepe; tell everyone it now means white supremacy; actually start using it to represent white supremacy; try to get it into the media as such; then if any normy authority asks if it means white supremacy say "What do you mean? It's just a sad cartoon frog". Which is true. Then go back to using it to signal one another about being white supremacists.
Its like taking semiotic hostages.

The circle game is the same sort of thing (which is also the ok sign upside down, which has been appropriated as a W and a P sign). Then bros try to get it on TV to amuse their friends. (there was some senate staffer or something who did it a while ago after someone rang her up on camera too).
I don't know how much fuss to make out of it, to be honest. In a way it's a trap, but one if you don't walk in to you wonder where they're going to worm their way in next.
I think it’s kinda bullshit that white supremacists just get to have the OK sign now. For my whole life, I’ve been fine with that simply meaning ‘OK’
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Scary stuff:

Quote:Multiple people were stabbed and wounded in an attack at the house of a rabbi during Hanukkah celebrations on Saturday night.

The attack occurred as people gathered at Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg’s home in Monsey for Hanukkah. Per the New York Times:

It was a terrifying scene, the officials and witness reported, saying that the violence occurred at about 10 p.m. as numerous people were celebrating Hanukkah at the home of the rabbi, Chaim Rottenberg, in Monsey, which is in an area with a large population of ultra-Orthodox Jews.

“I was praying for my life,” said Aron Kohn, 65, who said he was in the rabbi’s home at the time. “He started attacking people right away as soon as he came in the door. We didn’t have time to react at all.”

The suspect is in custody.

One local official said to the Times, “Obviously, there’s been a history in the region of violent attacks upon the Orthodox community. This is something very nightmarish to have happen in our town.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement last night, “I am horrified by the stabbing of multiple people at a synagogue in Rockland County tonight — the latest in a string of attacks against members of the Jewish community in New York this week.”
"We are not safe as Jewish in New York."

Quote:“There’s a lot of horror,” Shoshana Bernstein, a community organizer and mother who lives in Monsey, told me. “It’s tapping into every fear.” Part of the shock is that this happened in Monsey, a densely Jewish community just north of New York City, in the metropolitan area that is home to the largest population of Jews outside of Israel. Jews have been in New York since before the city got its name, and have deeply influenced its culture. At one point, they made up as much as a quarter of its population. Now, according to researchers at Brandeis University, roughly 1.7 million Jews live in the metropolitan area, nearly 10 percent of the population. By comparison, Jews make up roughly 2 percent of the United States population as a whole.

Here, of all places, Jews should feel safe. But the Monsey stabbing is just the latest in an escalating drumbeat of violence in the area. Less than three weeks ago, a pair of assailants allegedly murdered two Jews, a law-enforcement officer, and a clerk at a kosher grocery store in Jersey City, New Jersey. There have been at least 13 anti-Semitic incidents in New York State since early December, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo, and at least 10 in the New York–New Jersey area in the past week alone, according to the Anti-Defamation League. The Monsey attack could mark a fundamental turning point for Jews in New York, and across the country: Jews are being targeted for violence, whether they live in the heart of Brooklyn or the suburbs of Rockland County, where Monsey is located. “I think the reality is seeping in,” Bernstein said. “It doesn’t matter who you are [or] what your religious affiliation is. We’re not safe as Jews in New York.”

There has always been anti-Semitism in New York City. Orthodox Jews, who are usually visibly identifiable by the way they dress and the geographically concentrated nature of their communities, have often been the targets. But Evan Bernstein, the New York–New Jersey regional director at the Anti-Defamation League, told me he has seen the situation “ramping up” over the past few years. “We’re seeing more and more assaults,” he said. Incidents have included graffiti sprayed on the walls of Jewish schools, men stabbed on their way to synagogue, and verbal and physical harassment following a measles outbreak earlier this year.

Still, the suburbs of Rockland County have continued to feel somewhat removed from the violence, Rivkie Feiner, another local community organizer, told me. Monsey has been the kind of place where mothers send their kids out to ride bikes or around the corner to play at a friend’s house without worrying, she said: It’s “an insular, safer community.” Recently, however, as Hasidic enclaves have grown in size, local community members have clashed over issues such as traffic and taxes. In April, the Rockland County Republican Party released a widely condemned video warning that “a storm is brewing” and that Jews were “plotting a takeover” in the area. Saturday night’s stabbing was “like lighting a match and throwing it on a pile of tinder,” Bernstein said. “There’s a lot of hate out there.”

After a lifetime of feeling secure in the suburbs of New York, Feiner is no longer confident that she and her family are safe from violence, especially because her sons dress in a way that clearly marks them as Jewish. “You have to be aware of your surroundings,” she said, “and not have your head buried in the sand.” Bernstein, who has long worked with the Rockland County Jewish community on security issues, said she plans to teach her 11-year-old son how to defend himself on his way home from the bus stop: “‘Use your briefcase as a weapon if someone approaches,’” she said, giving an example of a possible tactic. “Just thinking that I have to do that is just beyond horrifying, as a parent.”

The Hanukkah stabbing has started a new conversation about communal security, says Yossi Gestetner, a co-founder of the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council, who lives a seven-minute drive from the house in Monsey where the attack took place. Ambulances were still at the scene when he got there last night, he told me, but people were already saying it was time to embrace stronger forms of self-defense. One person quipped to Gestetner that “‘we have sidelocks,’” referring to the long curls of hair that some Jewish men wear close to their ears, and now “‘it’s time for sidearms.’” “I don’t think it’s in the culture of Hasidic Jews to be with weapons,” Gestetner told me.

Government officials have announced plans to strengthen security measures: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio promised a stronger police presence in Jewish communities following the Jersey City shooting, and on Sunday, Cuomo pledged to aggressively enforce the state’s hate-crimes statutes, calling the latest attack an act of terrorism. Stepped-up security is not a cure-all for violence and harassment, however, or for addressing a rising culture of anti-Semitism. Increased security often places a financial burden on religious communities that have been attacked: Hiring security guards and arranging for extra police presence can be expensive. It can also reinforce people’s fears. Jews have long lived and moved freely in New York, feeling safe in a city they helped build. The more security barriers Jewish communities have to erect, the clearer it is that Jewish identity can also be a source of vulnerability.

While recent deadly synagogue attacks in Pittsburgh and Poway, California, were allegedly perpetrated by white supremacists, at least some of the recent anti-Semitic violence in New York has been exacerbated by long-standing and complex racial tensions, especially in certain neighborhoods of Brooklyn. “People need to feel safe,” Audrey Sasson, the executive director of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, a progressive Jewish advocacy group, told me. “If bringing police into your neighborhood makes you feel safe, then there’s no finger-wagging coming from us. But we’re also scared that that’s not going to help the situation. It’s going to deepen divisions between our communities. It’s sort of like a vicious cycle.”
This officer was later fired for concocting the hoax:

Quote:A Junction City McDonald’s is receiving national attention after a Herington police officer said he received a coffee with foul language written on it.

The owner of the Junction City McDonald’s, Dana Cook, said they have video showing it wasn’t their employee.

The owner sent KSNT News this message:

“My McDonald’s have the utmost respect for all members of law enforcement and the military and were troubled by the accusation made. We thoroughly reviewed our security video from every angle, which clearly shows the words were not written by one of our employees. We look forward to working with Chief Hornaday as he continues his investigation.”

Herington Police Chief Brian Hornaday wrote on Facebook when he found out what happened.

He wrote, “the U.S. veteran that continues to serve deserves much more than this. We deal with enough frustration in our daily duties every day. To have something like this to start off your workday while you’re driving to the place where you are going to serve its citizens, is just very frustrating,” said Hornaday.

Hornaday spent Saturday at the McDonald’s looking at the security tape, but couldn’t find any evidence.

On Sunday, the owner of the Junction City McDonald’s told him they found new video that proves it wasn’t their employee.

They told Hornaday they would bring in the clip, but canceled because of snowy roads. They said they will show him on Monday.

Hornaday said he just wants answers.

“Acknowledgment that something was done wrong is kind of what we always want,” Hornaday said. “Whether it’s something like this that happened at McDonald’s or in the criminal justice system.”
I liked when the chief says the officer "meant it as a joke."

You know, the old "get a person fired for kicks" prank. Good stuff.
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(12-31-2019, 11:12 AM)Mangy Wrote: I liked when the chief says the officer "meant it as a joke."

You know, the old "get a person fired for kicks" prank. Good stuff.

I like how, even though his actions could have gotten an innocent person fired, they're keeping the officer's name private because they've deemed the incident a "personnel matter."
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