ADL Slams Russell Simmons For Comparing Horse Carriages To Holocaust And Slavery
Russell Simmons was slammed by the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) on Friday after he compared New York’s horse carriages to the Holocaust and slavery. While speaking at an anti-horse carriage event on Thursday, Simmons said the use of them is similar to “ethnic cleansing” and “putting people in ovens.”
Abraham H. Foxman, the National Director of the ADL and a Holocaust survivor, said he thought Simmons’ comparison was “outrageous, offensive and insensitive.” He continued, “Russell Simmons should know better than to use inappropriate comparisons to the Holocaust or slavery, particularly in New York City, which is home to the largest Jewish community in the U.S., as well as to Holocaust survivors and a large African-American community.” Foxman noted, “The murder of six million Jews and millions of others who perished in the Holocaust, and the many millions who suffered under slavery, should never be used to make a political point.”
Simmons tried to clarify his comments in an Instagram post, writing that he was not comparing horses to the suffering of people, but was “referring to the worst karmic disaster in human history.” He continued, “That is the ongoing suffering of the 100 billion animals who are born to suffer unimaginable atrocities every year. So we can destroy mother earth and poison it’s inhabitants.”
Simmons later further explained his comments in a lengthy Facebook post, citing an excerpt from his new book (see below). What do you think about Simmons’ comments and clarification?
UPDATE: Hours after the Instagram and Facebook posts, Simmons took to Twitter to again clarify. “Never meant to offend some members of Jewish community with my comments about abuse of animals. Will use term “mass murder” moving forward,” he wrote. “Made it my lifelong mission to combat anti-semitism + would never want to offend those I love.”