We would have been quite naive to think that the horrific shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh last year would be a standalone hate crime.
There are, in 2019, no more standalone hate crimes, it seems. There’s just one, after another, after another. The details change, the locations change, and sometimes even the group the particular killer hates so much, changes.
Once again, Saturday, though, on the final day of Passover, it was Jews who were targeted. Jews who were targeted for murder simply because they were Jewish is something I learned about in Hebrew school, some 30 years ago, when we were taught history.
It’s sometimes hard to believe in 2019 that it’s not history, it’s very much present.
The worshipers at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue were in a safe place, they thought; just 23 minutes after their Passover celebration, a 19-year-old man who’d taken the time to write a long manifesto about how much he hated Jews walked in and started firing an AR-style assault rifle, killing a woman named Lori Gilbert Kaye (pictured above) and injuring three other people, including a rabbi.
The killer fled the synagogue after being shot at by an off-duty Border Patrol agent, and the killer then called police to say he was involved in the shooting.
He was proud. So, so proud of himself, for what he had done.
I am disgusted as a Jewish person, as a human being, and as an American by this shooting.
Love is stronger than hate, and good is stronger than evil, and I always say in this space that there’s way more good than bad people in the world.
But the bad people ain’t going away anytime soon.
***OK, let’s switch gears to something much happier and lighter. Jimmy Fallon and Paul Rudd teamed up last week to do an absolutely spectacular remake of a great 1980s video/song by the British band Dead or Alive. (Hat tip to my friend Amanda for pointing me toward this.)
I give you “You Spin me Round” (Like a Record.) This is so damn good.
On a related note, what kind of powerful drugs are Fallon and his creative writing team on to THINK of doing stuff like this? I want some of it, whatever it is.
**And finally today, proving that in the world of the NFL, nothing can ever not be made bigger and all-encompassing, the now-three days of NFL Draft ended on Saturday night, with hundreds of players seeing their dreams come true. (Why the draft can’t just be held on one day like it was for ever, I don’t know, but TV ratings prove that people just can’t get enough of this Draft stuff.)
Anyway, there were a few exciting moments at the Draft the last few days (Giants fans scratching their heads and screaming about their first pick, joining Raiders fans in that regard), but by far my favorite was this two-minute monologue/intro by ex-Colts punter Pat McAfee, who was hilarious and cutting and everything you could want in a pick announcer.
He’s the greatest.