|What's going on in 'Israel supporting, Jew loving' America when a rapper can get away with calling himself Dirty Jew?|
A rap artist calling himself Dirty Jew performed Wednesday night — during the start of the High Holy Day of Yom Kippur — at a Colorado Springs nightclub.
It wasn’t a big draw for the Jewish community. But many Jewish people saw a listing for the concert at Union Station that ran in The Independent and were disturbed by it.
Jeri Robb, a receptionist at Temple Shalom, said the synagogue had received several calls from concerned congregants who had seen the listing, and she said she was offended as well.
The Dirty Jew is a Denver rapper who was born Chris Mccrory; his mother is Jewish and his father is Christian.
Robb said the fact that Mccrory has Jewish heritage doesn’t soften the blow.
“The whole idea of someone of the Jewish faith calling themselves a name like that — I can’t understand that.”
Rabbi Anat Moskowitz of the Temple Shalom was not available for comment.
Bruce DeBoskey, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, agreed wholeheartedly.
“The perpetuation of stereotypes is offensive regardless of the identity of the person who’s doing it,” he said. “Stereotypes are one of the foundations of bigotry.”