School apol­o­gizes for anti-Semitic art­work

The Buffalo News - - NATIONAL NEWS -

AN­NAN­DALE, Va. – Of­fi­cials in Vir­ginia’s largest school sys­tem have apol­o­gized for art­work from a high school stu­dent that de­picted Jewish peo­ple with anti-Semitic stereo­types and was dis­played at a lo­cal col­lege.

The im­age was one of eight in a port­fo­lio called “Racial Irony” that won a re­gional art award. The se­ries was in­tended to con­vey a mes­sage that the “ex­ag­ger­a­tion of stereo­types spreads ig­no­rance,” ac­cord­ing to Fairfax County Pub­lic Schools.

But the work from a South County High School stu­dent sparked crit­i­cism from some mem­bers of the Jewish com­mu­nity, who said the art per­pet­u­ated anti-Semitic im­agery. The im­age, shown as part of an ex­hi­bi­tion from Feb. 15 to March 14 at North­ern Vir­ginia Com­mu­nity Col­lege’s An­nan­dale cam­pus, de­picts a man with a hooked nose car­ry­ing a bag of money.

The cap­tion reads, in cap­i­tal let­ters, “No Jew in the world un­der­stands the im­por­tance of money,” ac­cord­ing to a photo of the im­age cir­cu­lated by the Sub­ur­ban Vir­ginia Repub­li­can Coali­tion, a po­lit­i­cal ac­tion com­mit­tee that also crit­i­cized the im­age.

Schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Scott Brabrand apol­o­gized on March 28 in a let­ter to the com­mu­nity and said the stu­dent did not in­tend to of­fend any­one.

– Wash­ing­ton Post

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