MAILBAG: Why Are The Usual Suspects In Jackson So Paranoid?

Ocean County Prosecutors Office has placed an anti-hate trailer in Jackson. Prosecutor Billhimer said that the trailer was placed there following an “uptick in hateful rhetoric on social media.”

The sign reads: #StandUpToHate – Hate Has No Home In Ocean County.

It doesn’t mention hatred toward a specific group of people, and it doesn’t call anyone out. It simply urges people not to be hateful towards anyone. Period.

But for some apparently very paranoid people in Jackson, the trailer is an attack on them. In a Facebook group named “Take Jackson Back” (from who, you can guess), as well as on the Ocean County Prosecutor’s page, residents – including the infamous Elenor Hannum and Jennifer Cusanelli – clearly took offense.

“Please go to this page and let the prosecutors [sic] office know how this is all effecting [sic] your life,” one commenter self-identified as Jenna Glrza (whose real name is Jen Cusanelli) wrote.

An anti-hate trailer is negatively affecting your life? Seems a bit extreme.

“This is such a joke that they are painting Jackson residents out to be antisemites!” she added. “They are stirring the pot for sure.”

Way to be paranoid about something that wasn’t even mentioned.

She demanded in another post to “see proof of the so called uptick” in hateful rhetoric, and then immediately complained about… Orthodox Jews.

Another commenter with the name Hope Anne (real name Hope Drew) wrote: “Once again only the Frum are being represented by OCP & REINA!! Why is Mordy [Burnstein] and Tzvi [Herman] there? They are not elected officials.”

Again, this is a trailer telling people not to be hateful. It wasn’t an attack on anyone and any individual who is anti-hate should be proud to show up there. Why is Hope so upset? And how does an anti-hate trailer equal Orthodox Jews being the “only” ones represented? Again, sounds very paranoid.

Elenor Hannum was so upset about the trailer that she apparently called the Prosecutor’s Office about it. Seems like a bit of an overreaction from someone who is totally not hateful to begin with, right?

She added: “Also. It’s VERY INTERESTING that Ocean County is the ONLY county in the state with these signs.”

Okay, and?… Maybe other counties should follow Ocean County’s lead and work to reduce hate, too. That should be something everyone could agree upon.

“It seems like this is only fitting one agenda, as usual,” commenter Nicole Leigh posted. “There is no hate here in Jackson against anyone, except for maybe the government here,” she asserted.

Well, if there wasn’t hate in Jackson, why did the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office cite numerous examples of online antisemitism, including comments like “we need to get rid of them like Hitler did” and “filthy [expletive] cockroaches”? Seems weird for a town without hate.

Regardless, some Jackson residents are clearly very paranoid, and one might wonder why.

A Proud Jewish Jackson Resident

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  1. From Morgan Freeman

    You’re going to relegate my history to a month?” asks Freeman. “I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history,” he says, noting that there are no white or Jewish history months.

    How can we get rid of racism?

    “Stop talking about it. I’m going to stop calling you a white man,” Freeman says to Wallace. “And I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man. I know you as Mike Wallace. You know me as Morgan Freeman. You wouldn’t say, ‘Well, I know this white guy named Mike Wallace.’ You know what I’m sayin’?”

    I think most people would agree that the cry of racism is being used as a tool by certain minorities. A photo op by politicians pushing the hate narrative seems to me to be trying to further an agenda not to build bridges.

    BTW I am a frum yid. Just dislike untruths.


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