(JTA) — The editor of a quarterly journal published by the historical commission of Dearborn, Michigan was fired after he published an article about Henry Ford’s history of anti-Semitism in the publication’s 100th anniversary issue.
Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly terminated the contract of The Dearborn Historian magazine editor Bill McGraw, and prevented the January issue of the magazine, paid for by the city, from being mailed out.
The cover includes a black and white photo of Ford next to the quote: “The Jew is a race that has no civilization to point to, no aspiring religion, no great achievement in any realm.”
“I think given what’s going on in the world today with the rise of anti-Semitism, what happened to Pittsburgh in October and with the 100-year anniversary of the paper last week, it’s important to know that’s still playing a huge role online with extremists. It seems if Dearborn is going to be proud of Henry Ford, we should look at the whole picture,” McGraw told The Detroit News.
The Dearborn Historical Museum Commission is calling on O’Reilly to rescind his firing of McGraw, who has lived in Dearborn for 30 years and is a former reporter and editor for the Detroit Free Press.
O’Reilly in a statement released on Friday afternoon noted that Dearborn’s population is about one-third Arab-American and said publishing Ford’s offensive opinions “could become a distraction from our continuing messages of inclusion and respect.”
The article was published online on Deadline Detroit.
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