Watson Coleman Urges Greater Sensitivity to Anti-Semitism
"Whether that hate is based on gender, race, sexual orientation or identity, religion or ethnicity, we must shine a light wherever we see it."
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, DC (April 12, 2016) ― Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) released the following statement denouncing any form of discrimination and urging greater sensitivity to anti-Semitism after reports that Princeton High School students engaged in an anti-Semitic drinking game:
“It is unacceptable to make light of discrimination, violence, and genocide that devastated families and left scars that endure to this day. In addition to concerns about the dangers of underage drinking and binge drinking, I am disappointed with the anti-Semitic overtones displayed by the young people who took part in this activity.
“These students made poor choices, however I am grateful for the teaching moment that now exists. While some may explain their actions as a harmless game or prank, activities like these allow hate to fester. Whether that hate is based on gender, race, sexual orientation or identity, religion or ethnicity, we must shine a light wherever we see it – like Jamaica Ponder bravely did when she exposed her peers’ behavior. With the help of their parents and community members I am confident these students will learn from their mistakes, and I am happy to lend my support in whatever way necessary to support and guide our children.”
Rep. Watson Coleman is a member of the Bipartisan Taskforce on Anti-Semitism, a group of Members of the House of Representatives dedicated to ensuring that Congress develops and implements policies that condemn anti-Semitism and promote tolerance around the world through education for Members of Congress, engagement with the Executive branch and foreign leaders, and cooperation with civil society organizations.