After LeBron James called NFL owners ‘old white men’ with a ‘slave mentality,’ he then quoted a rapper’s lyrics to his 43 million Instagram followers, using the term “Jewish money.”
For those who might not understand why this was so offensive, Alex Kirshner writes in SBNation:
….The association with Jews and money goes back to at least the Middle Ages and has had dire consequences all over the world. It played a key role in Nazi propaganda leading up to the Holocaust, when Hitler sought to portray Jews as leaches sucking up the German state’s resources as they infringed on the country’s racial purity. Visit any Holocaust museum, and you’ll see 1920s and ‘30s propaganda like this poster, which depicted Jews as rich people “pulling the wires” on the rest of society:
The Nazi regime then killed six million Jews.
The branding of Jews as a money-grabbing cabal quietly corrupting society has persisted, sometimes subtly, as a tool of bigotry for generations. It goes right along with insinuations that we, the Jews, control global politics and media….
James has since apologized, pleading ignorance about the meaning of the lyrics.
But Newsweek’s reporting of the story featured a headline that is either the dumbest of the century, or an unconscious “compulsion to confess.”
Or maybe both.
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) December 23, 2018
Yes, only 'conservative critics' get upset at anti-Semitism. https://t.co/6UY6zlpyqg
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) December 24, 2018
So you're saying liberals are okay with anti-Semitism?
— Ken Rusnak (@KenRusnak) December 24, 2018
Damn pesky conservatives, always getting angry over anti semitism.
— Scout (@Scoutdomain) December 24, 2018
So liberals are cool with anti-Semitism. Got it. Already knew it but nice of you to confirm it
— DRM (@JTMSDADDY) December 24, 2018