At a time of increasing anti-Semitism in many parts of the world, it is deeply disturbing that the city of Clifton, N.J., -- in the shadows of New York City -- is considering naming a park after a virulent anti-Semite and racist named Chester Grabowski, who died in April.
Throughout history, dominant groups have depicted or represented minority groups in a variety of negative ways in order to maintain control or mastery. I have found many clear and stunning connections between historical representations of LGBT people and Jewish people.
In his famous letter to the first Jewish synagogue in America, George Washington wrote that the United States government grants "to bigotry no sanction." But because our government does grant to all its citizens freedom of speech, it protects the rights of Pamela Geller.
At least as a Jew I could have turned to my family, friends or school if I had experienced an anti-Semitic attack. But as a little gay boy, I had nowhere to turn. I was bullied, spit at, punched, called names, humiliated and threatened.
From the age of 17 up until two days before his death, Schnitzler kept a diary -- some 8,000 pages, now collected in 10 volumes -- that is notable for the casualness with which he describes his sexual encounters, as well as for his obsessiveness.
We thought that once the story got out that the filmmaker of was a Coptic Christian, and not Jewish, the conspiracy theory would die down, and the anti-Semitism with it. But instead it has gone viral at warp speed.
James Fallows wrote of Romney, "there is so little there, there." Isn't it funny that a few days earlier, in a column comparing Romney to Hemingway's Jake Barnes, I wrote of the Republican nominee that "there is no there there"?
Hate crimes are antithetical to equality and justice and silence is the environment where the virus of hate thrives. By speaking up we can inoculate our country from the spread of this deadly spiritual disease.
The California State Assembly has just passed a bipartisan resolution by voice vote which constitutes a serious attack on academic freedom and the rights of students and faculty to raise awareness about human rights abuses by U.S.-backed governments.
The vicious assault on Michigan State University student Zachary Tennen has been plastered across the Internet. By the victim's account he was attacked because he was Jewish. The East Lansing Police disagree.