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Do african americans still refer to NYC as Hymietown?
Posted by: Cunning Linguist ()
Date: March 09, 2015 03:58PM


Fifteen years ago, over breakfast at Washington, D.C.'s National Airport, presidential candidate Jesse Jackson uttered those four words to Milton Coleman.

Coleman was then a national political reporter at the Washington Post, covering the campaign. He motioned Jackson to go ahead. As Coleman wrote in a first-person piece in the Post's Outlook section some two-and-a-half months later, after a major controversy developed over Jackson's remarks, "Jackson then talked about the preoccupation of some with Israel. He said something to the effect of the following: `That's all Hymie wants to talk about, is Israel; every time you go to Hymietown, that's all they want to talk about.' "

Coleman, who had no notebook or tape recorder, made a mental note of Jackson's remarks; he knew this conversation was important. Coleman had talked to other reporters on the Jackson campaign and they'd heard the same thing. He therefore considered Jackson's talk "sorta semi-public."

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