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Atlanta Journal-Constitution Publishes Jewish ‘Slur’ In Crossword Puzzle…

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and many other papers landed themselves in a bit of hot water recently after they published a syndicated crossword clue that is often used as a derogatory phrase to describe Jewish people.

Last Friday’s crossword puzzle clue for 32-down read “Shylock, e.g.,” prompting many readers to immediately think of the age-old slur used against Jewish people, based on the eponymous money-lending Jewish character in Shakespeare‘s The Merchant of Venice.

To many readers’ astonishment, the answer was, indeed, “Jew.”

“If they put ‘African American’ as a clue, they wouldn’t put ‘Uncle Tom’ as the answer,” one puzzler told Atlanta’s WXIA-TV. “It’s just as inflammatory as what Paula Deen said.”

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a national group that fights antisemitism, picked up on the controversial puzzle and complained to the puzzle’s syndicator, Tribune Media Services, asking for an apology. The company promptly responded, expressing the company’s sensitivity “to racial or cultural references in the content we distribute,” adding:

“The puzzle should not have been distributed with that clue, and we apologize for the offense it caused. The issue has been discussed with the creators and editors involved, and the clue will not be used again in a Tribune Media Services crossword.”

The apology was also printed in the newspapers that carried the puzzle.

Watch the report below, via WXIA-TV:


[h/t The Blaze]

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