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New Jersey council members defend
colleague's reported use of 'Jew
her down': 'It's nothing vicious'

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Posted By: Ribicon, 9/17/2019 2:52:30 PM

Two city council members in Trenton, New Jersey, have defended the council president’s reported use of an anti-Semitic slur after she said “Jew her down” during a closed-door meeting earlier this month. Trenton City Council President Kathy McBride is facing calls to resign after she said on Sept. 5 that a city attorney negotiating a woman’s personal injury lawsuit was “able to wait her out and Jew her down” on settling for a lower amount, the New Jersey Globe reported.(Snip) “You know, it’s like a car dealer, they wanted $5,000, you Jew ‘em down to $4,000,” he told the Globe.


Quite the conundrum. Black people by definition cannot be racist. On the other hand, as with The N Word, it's up to the community in question to call the tune on what's offensive and what's not.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: tom7 9/17/2019 3:01:23 PM (No. 182455)
The term "anti-Semitic" no longer means anything in modern discourse. It is like "racist" - just an empty insult toward anyone you disagree with.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rotten in Denmark 9/17/2019 3:03:20 PM (No. 182459)
I’m sorry. I still use the term as it reflected in the business practices as shown in many movies, in real world situations. It is a simple business practice described. Much better that Hillary and her “ Effing JB” tirade that drew no condemnation to speak of. Meh.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: justavoter 9/17/2019 3:05:03 PM (No. 182461)
I always thought the term "Jew 'em down" was a compliment to someone negotiating skills.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: coyote 9/17/2019 3:07:22 PM (No. 182463)
It means something. It's the old slur that Jews are out to get your money, to cheat you.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: earlybird 9/17/2019 3:07:30 PM (No. 182464)
I cannot tell a lie. In olden thymes that was a fairly common expression that meant “haggle during a negotiation until the price came down to an acceptable number”… I don’t remember using it, but I do remember hearing it...
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Reply 6 - Posted by: M2 9/17/2019 3:12:17 PM (No. 182468)
It’s unconscious anti-semitism. It uses the stereotype of Jewish people being concerned with bargaining and haggling. There is always a grain of truth in most stereotypes. When you look at the history of the Jews going all the way back to the Bible, there are multiple references of Jews and businesses.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: DCGIRL 9/17/2019 3:28:34 PM (No. 182476)
This council person is an African American and I guess it makes it okay for her to use trash talk because she is black. Well, it doesn't and I'm offended by her language and I'm not even jewish. She needs to apologize or step down.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: earlybird 9/17/2019 3:39:38 PM (No. 182479)
Re #4, I have never heard it used in that context. It was about haggling to get a better price.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: thethirdruffian 9/17/2019 3:42:29 PM (No. 182482)
If it makes anyone feel better, you should hear what us Jewish people say about the parsimony of the Sheep-Shaggers; er, I mean "the Scots".
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Reply 10 - Posted by: WV.Hillbilly 9/17/2019 3:45:40 PM (No. 182485)
How niggardly can you get?
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Hairy Eyeball 9/17/2019 4:08:10 PM (No. 182499)
Well done, #10!! Well done!
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Reply 12 - Posted by: mobyclik 9/17/2019 4:11:52 PM (No. 182501)
It's only offensive if a white male conservative says it. THEN the libs and media go nuts. Everyone knows that.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: marbles 9/17/2019 4:50:27 PM (No. 182519)
# 3 Not if you're Jewish.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: 68BattleofBealeVet 9/17/2019 4:56:57 PM (No. 182523)
Then I guess it's OK to use Afro Engineer?
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Reply 15 - Posted by: DVC 9/17/2019 5:54:12 PM (No. 182561)
Used that term many times in my youth......I guess it isn't OK any more.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Anaverageguy 9/17/2019 6:32:45 PM (No. 182608)
Don Novello,as Fr. Guido Sarducci, would "Presbyterian" someone down if the price was too high. Like in 1984, all are equal, some more than others. It's a pejorative when Jew is used as a verb.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: lakerman1 9/17/2019 6:51:35 PM (No. 182628)
The term, Mill Hunky was a negative term to describe Eastern European immigrants who worked in the steel mills of Pittsburgh, Pa in the early 20th century. Rather than stewing over it, the workers made it into a badge of pride, as honest, hardworking individuals. (Some wordsmiths believe the negative word 'honkie' came from the African American dialect version of of hunky. )
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Reply 18 - Posted by: KTWO 9/17/2019 7:13:15 PM (No. 182639)
The words and phrases one hears early are very hard to completely purge from the mind. Your tongue may, rather opportunistically, grab onto one at any time to make a point. So I urge tolerance for such mistakes. McBride apparently used the term more that once. Not a good sign.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Rumblehog 9/17/2019 8:30:41 PM (No. 182684)
Just say, "Arab them down," instead. It's the same thing.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: padiva 9/17/2019 10:15:57 PM (No. 182738)
#19 I work in retail. Your words are sooooooo true.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: PChristopher 9/18/2019 1:40:37 AM (No. 182799)
I'm sorry, but saying something like "Methodist them down" just wouldn't have the same impact.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 9/18/2019 2:29:39 AM (No. 182815)
If a Jew said something derogatory about blacks, she would be the first to complain. I am sick of 'black privilege'
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Reply 23 - Posted by: Trigger2 9/18/2019 2:31:17 AM (No. 182816)
I've heard of "chew them down" but never "Jew them down." I'd say it was a definite anti-Semitic slur.
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