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Discrimination: Ed Sederbaum, associate director of the Anti-Defamation League’s New York regional office, gets the last word in an article surveying some Empire Staters about Michael Bloomberg’s recent comments. (via e-mail from Pennant)

“We get calls all the time from elderly people whose neighbor has painted a swastika on their door … In New York City, you don’t have to travel far to find a subway poster with ‘die fag’ on it or a black teenager who’s been followed in stores because she’s black.

Most biased sentiment does not rise to the level of a crime, and its impact in fear and lowered self-esteem is not always visible … It’s important that our politicians and our social discourse recognize the seriousness of discrimination and not just feel that because history has made it a less constantly visible phenomenon, it’s not an issue.”

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