Friday, November 27, 2009

Kick a Jew Day

By Capt. Fogg

I hesitate to make more of this than it really is. Middle School students aren't deep thinkers, if they're thinkers at all and if some idiot kid in a Naples, Florida school thought "Kick a Jew Day" would be a blast, it doesn't necessarily mean that they've even heard of anti-Semitism or that their parents are Aryan Nation followers. The misbegotten event wherein Jewish kids were subject to being kicked last week was a "funny" take-off on "Kick a Ginger Day," which in turn derived from the supremely idiotic "South Park," the show that features a talking turd as part of the cast.

I think it may be a bit much at this point, to tie it to some sinister neo-Nazi or other anti-Semitic group. Still, some boys and girls were kicked and at that age, when peer approval is everything, the humiliation can be expected to matter a lot in their lives.

Although Fox News did comment on the kicking of redheads, I haven't seen any mention of the Naples story so far and so it's not fair and balanced to comment on what they might use the story for. I'm sure that there are people who will haul out the old PC straw man and grumble about Jews looking for pity and I'm more sure that some Jewish parents will overreact and call for more than the one-day suspension handed out to 10 pre -teens. For my part, I think the Jewish kids have learned a valuable lesson about living in a self-styled Christian Nation: Kick Back!

I had some idle thoughts about printing up some T-shirts and sending them over to Naples, but it's been done.

(Cross-posted from Human Voices.)

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  • These kids didn't get their idea from nowhere. Somewhere in their home environment they didn't learn about religious tolerance. They singled out Jews. That is a Naples community "crime".

    And, if there was physical assault involved, that's a statutory crime - in this case a hate crime. As such, dealing with it belongs in the justice system, not the school system.

    No, I'm not looking to put these kids in jail but the school suspension and tolerance talks (or perhaps something a bit more intense) should be the decision of the Naples legal system, or possibly the State of Florida.

    Prosecution of their hate crime, if it was so, is vital in order to demonstrate to these kids AND their parents the seriousness of such a cavalier attitude toward their fellow citizens and neighbors who happen to be Jewish.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:25 AM  

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  • Southwest Florida has - and to some extent still is - ruled by the rich Catholic planter families that came here in the 1890s. The decendents of these families are the useless spoiled children that were involved in this. These kids need slapped desperately.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:36 AM  

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