Letter: Seeking dialogue, respect in East Ramapo
According to the biblical Book of Esther, Haman was an adviser to the king in ancient Persia who plotted to kill the Jewish people. His defeat by hanging is commemorated during Purim.
During the recent Purim holiday, we witnessed the hanging in effigy of a life-sized doll allegedly depicting Haman — although this doll was black-faced, wearing a hoodie and beaded dreadlocks.
Last year at this time, outside a Spring Valley yeshiva a similar incident occurred and the police were notified. The head of the school acknowledged the inappropriateness of the occurrence, apologized and assured the NAACP he would initiate racial, ethnic and cultural sensitivity into the school’s curriculum. Read more…