Here is the latest installment of our Real Racism series. And it is a truly head-shaking one.
From Isaac Avilucea’s article for The Trentonian:
Councilwoman Robin Vaughn claimed in defending embattled council president Kathy McBride that “to Jew someone down is a verb” and demanded the city law department investigate the source of the leak of closed-door conversations.
McBride is under fire after she allegedly said during a Sept. 5 executive session that a city attorney was “able to wait her out and Jew her down” to settle a personal injury lawsuit for a lower amount.
“We really need to get a more acute meaning and understanding of ‘anti-Semitic,’” Vaughn wrote in comments on Facebook responding to questions from constituents about the controversy, which were obtained by The Trentonian. “I believe her comment ‘Jew down’ was more in reference to negotiating not ‘I hate Jews.’ Inappropriate in today’s PC culture absolutely, but to Jew someone down is a verb and is not-anti-anything or indicative of hating Jewish people.”
“To Jew someone down is a verb”??? “We really need to get a more acute meaning and understanding of anti-Semitic”??????????????????
I have a question for Ms. Vaughn and Ms. McBride, both of whom are Black.
Suppose someone was trying to figure out a way to fix a problem, wasn’t capable of figuring out a permanent solution, and referred to his temporary alternative as “nigger-rigging something up”.
Would you have a problem with that? Would you find it racially offensive? And, if you expressed those concerns would it be troublesome to you if the term was defended as just “a verb”, with the accompanying suggestion that “we really need to get a more acute meaning and understanding of racism”?
We all know the answer, don’t we? We all know that, in addition to use of an odious word, it references an offensive stereotype of Black incompetence as well.
A little like “Jewing someone down” invokes an offensive stereotype of the cheap Jew. Right? Uh….right, Ms. McBride and Ms. Vaughn?
Real racism. It can come from any source in any form. No group is immune to it or from it. Certainly not two members of the Trenton City Council who are either amazingly ignorant or just plain anti-Semitic. Maybe both.