Friday, November 27, 2009

Kick a Jew Day

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 red heads, 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.


Susannah said...

I read this story online, though don't know what the source was @ the moment.

Stupid, adolescent punks, is what they were. And you're right about middle schoolers - this kind of thing can be a BIG deal. And the fact that Jews were the target just shows that antisemitism isn't dead (though these kids probably weren't conscious of the bigger picture). That's just sad, too.

ALSO, I have a vested interest in the 'ginger' story - so I'm not mad to hear it was reported on FNC (though, it could have been FNC website where I read the Jew-story). All 3 of my kids are red-heads, as is my very handsome husband.

No matter who the target is, it's not cool, not funny & certainly not Christian.

Now. We agree on something. That's something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, no? ;)

Hope yours was nice.

Capt. Fogg said...

Well, it's odd when your a thousand miles from the nearest relative, although it's also sort of nice when you're a thousand miles from the nearest relative.

Had dinner at the yacht club with friends.