Really? In this day and age? Posted on a blog, for all the world (well, at least a few people in Delmar) to see? Yes, folks! Ignorance, anti-semitism, racism…it’s alive and well on a little-read blog in Delmar. The blog is Delmar Daily and it is run by a Delmar resident…T.J. McGuire…yup, the same T.J. McGuire who ran for commissioner and who’s wife ran for Mayor!!
On Tuesday, there was a huge house fire in Delmar! The home was being remodeled and apparently, an electrical fire started on the first floor, quickly spreading and engulfing the home. The heat was so intense that it also melted siding on neighboring homes and caused substantial damage to one home and the utility lines that ran in front of the home. On TJ McGuire’s blog, there was a post about the $250,000 blaze, entitled,
I am not Jewish, however, I have an abundance of Jewish friends. I also have two grown sons, both Jewish, based upon the fact that their Mother was Jewish. If you know anything about Judaism, you’ll know that children of a Jewish Mother are automatically accepted as Jews, no matter the Father’s religion. BUT, even without my special affinity for the Jews in my life, I would still be offended by TJ’s remark. It is a casual, off-hand remark, that rolls easily off the tongue, without thought or premeditation. That’s because prejudice can be overt and outward, or it can be subtle and ingrained into our thought and speech patterns, sometimes the most insidious prejudice of all!
Now, we all know that ignorance can lead to stereotypes and use of stupid phrases that your Daddy or Grand-Daddy might have commonly used and thought nothing about! But, in times when racism is still rampant in America and there seems to be a rise in anti-Semitic remarks and actions, everyone needs to be aware of the stupid things they say, BEFORE the words escape their lips or leak out of their pen, or jump the arc from their fingertips to the keyboard.
We all have a responsibility, now, more than ever, with the worldwide ability for anyone to write anything about anybody, to pick our words and phrases carefully. If TJ’s anti-Semitic remarks were meant to be just that, then that’s what he meant; he’ll not want to change or apologize. However, if his post title was merely an ignorant mistake, then folks, we all need to demand an apology from him. If you’re going to put your words and thoughts on a public forum, you have to take responsibility for it. TJ…I demand an apology from you for your anti-Semitic remarks; or, if you meant them as such, then I demand that you explain yourself and your philosophy!
TJ McGuire lives in Delmar and his blog can be found at: http://thedelmardaily.blogspot.com/ I encourage everyone that is offended by his remarks to visit and let him know what you think!