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Despite the headline, perhaps Richard Silverstein actually can read Hebrew (Aussie Dave adds: well…), but he certainly does not understand it. The full-time Israel-bashing basement dweller posted on Facebook that the “Sec. Gen. of Israeli national sports authority (INSA) calls basketball players who won Euro League championship “N-ggers.”
He links to the following article.
Due to his lack of the most basic of Hebrew language skills he presumes, or was told that “כושים”, (Kushites in English) translates as the “N word”, it does not. Kush is the name of an ancient African Kingdom, it is referenced biblically, most famously in the first verse of the book of Esther.
“This is what happened during the time of Xerxes, the Xerxes who ruled over 127 provinces stretching from India to Kush”
The geographical area of Kush is most often associated with Sudan, which is why the Airline of South Sudan is called Kush Air.
Although Kushi was once used quite commonly in Israel as a non-pejorative means of describing people of African descent, its use as such is now frowned upon, much as Negro is in the United States. But it is not the N word. Silverstein wouldn’t know that because, well, he’s an idiot.
Here is how Google translates it.
Thus Silverstein is unknowingly apoplectic that the Sec. Gen. of the INSA referred to some of the IBA basketball players as Negroes. A word that Silverstein flings about like a fry chef flings hash in a diner. For example…
And who could forget Silverstein’s legendary racist rant directed at Chloe Simone Valdary.
This is one of the few times we agree with Silverstein; it was obscene for the ISA head to use the pejorative Negro, it is equally obscene for Silverstein to use the exact same pejorative over, and over and over and over again.
We pray for the day when Silverstein will rise above his baser inclinations and judge others not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character… but we’re not holding our breath.