We are all aware that President Trump refused to acknowledge the anti-Semitic marchers in Charlottesville, Va., who were hollering “Jews will not replace us.”
He said there were good people on both sides.
Recently in Italy, the Italian Soccer Federation was confronted by fans of team Lazio, who distributed anti-Semitic literature in the stadium that demeaned the famous teenage Holocaust victim and diary writer Anne Frank.
Unlike Trump, who put his head in a barrel, the Italian Federation is doing something about it — according to The New York Times’ Oct. 25 sports section. Before Series A, B, C, matches in Italy all week and amateur and youth games over a weekend, a passage from Anne Frank’s Diary was to be read over the loudspeakers, combined with a moment of silence to promote Holocaust remembrance.
According to Italy’s foreign minister, who helped arrange these events, “We are all Anne Frank when faced with the unthinkable.”
The chosen Anne Frank diary passage reads: “I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness, I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more.”
Can you imagine our president agreeing with the Italian foreign minister? I can’t and he won’t!
The writer is chairperson emeritus of the Richmond County Democratic Party.