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Saturday, April 18, 2015 

Spring Valley yeshiva caused outrage with blackface doll on Purim

A yeshiva's students caused a needless row with the NAACP by hanging up a blackface doll last Purim, and passing that off as Haman:
A Purim display by yeshiva students turned into a lesson in cultural sensitivity after it was interpreted as the depiction of a lynching by members of this diverse village's African-American community.

The controversy was touched off by a Facebook video posted last month showing a black-faced doll dressed in colorful clothing hung out a window at Yeshiva Degel Hatorah on Maple Avenue.

The doll, which was displayed during Purim, was meant to depict the hanging of Haman. According to the biblical Book of Esther, Haman was an advisor to the king in ancient Persia who plotted to kill the Jewish people. His defeat is commemorated during Purim.
This is peculiar. As far as I know, Haman, like many of the Persians, was of Aryan background, and white. So why did these students, who may be Haredi, want to make it look like a "golliwog" doll? The doll was removed soon after the discovery, but it's a shame they had to draw the ire of an otherwise unreliable source like the NAACP.

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