Far be it from me to suggest that we forget history. Indeed, history is one of favourite reading topics.
So it certainly of interest to note the travails of Hank Greenberg, in an article entitled: Hank Greenberg’s Triumph Over Hate Speech
On a central Illinois baseball field in 1931, a 20-year-old minor leaguer named Hank Greenberg was heckled by the opposing team’s third baseman with anti-Semitic insults — language that we in 2014 would call hate speech. When Greenberg could no longer stand the provocations, which were echoed by an angry, roaring crowd, he confronted the third baseman and was rushed out of the park by local police for protection. Greenberg later said the fracas was “scary.”
Born in New York’s Greenwich Village, Greenberg, standing a little under 6 feet 4 inches, spent most of his major league career as a first baseman playing for the Detroit Tigers. He hit 58 home runs in 1938, only two short of Babe Ruth’s 1927 record, and he was twice chosen as the American League’s most valuable player. He achieved this against a recurrent aural backdrop of “Christ killer!” and other anti-Jewish taunts.
But something else bothers me.
In its coverage of present day events, that I think should be of greater concern to a newspaper, The New York Times utterly ignores a new threat to Jews: from Muslims.
In fact, it goes out of its way to not report this frightening story.
Just look at its reporting of the Paris riots (posted here), in which neither Islam nor Muslims are mentioned even once. The entire article is rather low key, as if the reporters were deliberately attempt to downplay the events.
On the same day, it prominently featured a story on Jews in New York throwing eggs at Muslims (posted here).
Thus, perhaps to silence critics of their coverage, they dig up a story from 83 years ago.