I am a recent graduate of the public history graduate program at Rutgers University. I currently serve as the digital media coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, where I wrangle bloggers and tackle our social media platforms.
In the last two years I've created an oral history database using StoriesMatter for the Salem County Historical Society, collected data on school group attendance for the education department at Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and I've digitized the Balch Institute Ethnic Images in Advertising Collection at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. I volunteer at the Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey and the Digital Center at HSP.
In my spare time I am often silly and irreverent.
I agree, this is offensive. But is it abuse? Let’s not forget freedom of speech. He may say what he likes.
Thank you for your concern!
Now, as this is a history blog written by a person who likes to make sure that people know that they are talking about, I feel obligated to inform you of the fact that a. “freedom of speech” in the American Constitutional context means that people have the right to freely criticize the government without fear of official reprisal or punishment; it has nothing to do with calling out bigots on the internet, and b. tumblr’s community guidelines state that tumblr is not for:Malicious Bigotry: Don’t actively promote violence or extreme hatred against individuals or groups, on the basis of race, ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, or sexual orientation. While we firmly believe that the best response to hateful speech is not censorship but more speech, we will take down malicious bigotry, as defined here.
In accordance with tumblr’s above policy, I responded with more speech and a link to a relevant educational blog post after reporting the user for said malicious bigotry.
I hope this post cleared up any concerns you, and others who share your concerns, may have! If, after considering what I put forth in this post, you decide that you don’t like how I handle anti-Semitic reader comments (and this was not the first) then you always have the option of unfollowing :)
If anyone has any additional concerns with my policy, then please leave it in my ask box so I can reply to you without continuing to clog up my readers’ dashboards with material of this nature.
I apologize to my readers who are tired of this topic. You can expect an actual history post within the next two days.