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“clique-ish and un-neighborly”

The African-American faculty at Columbia is “clique-ish and un-neighborly.” Oh, wait. My mistake. I read that wrong. Jews in New Jersey are “clique-ish and un-neighborly” and when a newscaster says it as some sort of rationale behind a real hate crime, it’s totally acceptable. The NY Post’s Phil Mushnick caught this whopper of a double standard on a local newscast here in NYC:

October 21, 2007 — On Wednesday night, Oct. 10, Ch. 11′s local newscast included two stories about suspected hate crimes, two disturbing stories, yet stories presented in two very different ways.

The first led the broadcast, thus it was positioned as the station’s most important of the day. It was about a black Columbia University professor who had found a hangman’s noose pinned to the door of her office. Cathy Hobbs, Ch. 11′s reporter, made it very clear that she felt that the professor, Madonna Constantine, had been the victim of horrible, intolerable and totally inexcusable race-based crime. And on the surface, it seemed all of that.
Later in the newscast, where stories deemed less important are placed, Ch. 11 reported that an Orthodox Jewish man, 53-year-old Mordechai Moskowitz, in Lakewood, N.J. had been beaten into critical condition by a man using a baseball bat.
Ch. 11′s reporter, Vanessa Tyler, further reported that the suspect is a black male in his 30s and, according to witnesses, the attack was unprovoked. Thus it was being investigated as a hate crime. Lakewood is home to several ethnic communities, including a large Orthodox Jewish population.
And then Tyler added something else, something mind-blowing. “Some people say that people get along here,” she said, “Other people say [that] the Jewish community is clique-ish and un-neighborly.”
Good grief. Does that mean that there was some justification for a member of that Jewish community to be beaten nearly to death with a baseball bat?

The rest here.


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