Page one of the March 4 Jewish Journal highlights the success of the new Jewish Georgia Senator Jon Ossoff, and the recent anti-Semitic incident of a Lowell politician using the word “kike” by on live TV.
In Georgia, there’s been real progress in addressing anti-Semitism after one of the most heinous anti-Semitic actions in the lynching of Leo Max Frank in 1915. The story had received national attention after his consensus wrongful conviction for the death of child laborer Mary Phagan at the National Pencil plant where Frank was a manager. The case drew national attention abd Governor John Slaton commuted the sentence from capital punishment to life imprisonment. The national press attention led to an anti-Semitic backlash, and a group of armed men lynched Frank. The case was a cause célèbre for years until the Georgia Board of Pardons pardoned Frank in 1986. The achievement of the Jewish Senator in the State of Georgia does shine a more favorable light on a state that highlighted the word anti-Semitism in the United States for years.
Leonard Friedman, Middleton