"I'd be crying if I looked like that too bro," the man says to the little boy. "That's f*cked up what they be doing to you."The boy, who appears to be about three or four years old, stands silently staring at the man while he continues talking."You probably had the full wash and set - they should be fired if they ain't cut your sh*t," he added. "F*ck it though bro, it's your life."The video appears to have been taken by a man named Quai James, who first posted it on Facebook on Saturday. "Had to really let my son know how i felt about the whole Jewish Haircut... Pray for the lil homie," James first wrote. He later edited the post, and removed the word Jewish from the caption. But by Monday afternoon neither the video nor James's Facebook account were accessible. Screenshots from users who had reported the video showed that Facebook removed it for violating its community standards. A spokeswoman for Facebook confirmed late Monday that the video "violates our bullying policies and we took it down upon investigating."A Twitter account in the name of James later responded to a New York Post reporter on Monday apologizing for the video."I truly apologize for posting that video of the young man," James wrote. "I never meant to come off as a racist. I have nothing against any race or religion. I posted the video just for a few laughs i didn’t think of how sensitive... the video actually was. I never meant to offend anyone." The same video was tweeted out by @_LoveMeSomeJess on Sunday, and was retweeted close to 40,000 times. But many were angry at the content and reported it to Twitter as abusive."Wtf kind of person speaks this way to a child - to a CRYING child - and what kind of sick f*ckers like and share this," Batya Ungar-Sargon, the opinion editor at the Forward, tweeted on Sunday. "This is what happens when we allow an entire community to be spoken about like they are subhuman: it becomes ok for a grown ass man to approach a crying child and make fun of him....What's so upsetting is the glee with which his dehumanization of a tiny child was met, the lipsmacking delight with which garbage people on the internet gobbled this up."
Here is the video by @quaijames where this grown man stalks Orthodox Jewish children to mock them for their for appearance. There is no doubt this speech by some is connected to very real antisemitic violence we see on the streets of NYC today. pic.twitter.com/5UM4H5CWzR— Rafael (@rafaelshimunov) May 6, 2018
New York City council member Brad Lander wrote that the video was "gross viral anti-Semitism" and it is "critical to push back against this small-minded & dehumanizing hate."
I think what's most upsetting about the video is that this man does not see this child as a human, or as someone with whom he shares anything. It is total dehumanization that we are witnessing, and that we've all been complicit in to someone who doesn't look like us. I feel sick.— Batya Ungar-Sargon (@bungarsargon) May 7, 2018
Mordechai Lightstone, the social media director for Chabad.org, appealed to Twitter to remove the video."I love Twitter and the community it builds - but a video of someone making fun of a small child for his religion is too much," he wrote.Writer Emily L. Hauser tweeted on Sunday that "I think a lot about the fact that people forget that Jews were regularly killed, over the course of centuries, for their names, noses, or haircuts up until a single lifetime ago. Murderous antisemitism is neither made-up nor ancient history."
Thanks @bungarsargon for calling out this gross viral anti-Semitism. I’m honored to represent thousands of Hasidic Jews. Smart & funny & pious & deeply committed to values. Critical to push back against this small-minded & dehumanizing hate. https://t.co/l2McXzkW6h— Brad Lander (@bradlander) May 6, 2018
Late Sunday night, the tweet was gone, and the woman who posted it claimed that she deleted it herself. She also said that - despite the many reports - her Twitter account had not been suspended, writing "LMAO THEY TRIED SO HARD." She later noted that she deleted the tweet after some people called her place of employment to register complaint.A press representative for Twitter did not respond to a request for comment.
I think a lot about the fact that people forget that Jews were regularly killed, over the course of centuries, for their names, noses, or haircuts up until a single lifetime ago. Murderous antisemitism is neither made-up nor ancient history.— Emily L. Hauser (@emilylhauser) May 6, 2018
LMAO THEY TRIED SO HARD https://t.co/kbXkL5Yf23— JJ. (@_LoveMeSomeJess) May 7, 2018