Religion & Beliefs

Does The New York Times Obituary Section Have a Jewish Problem?

Sheila Michaels, who passed away recently, is only the latest notable Member of the Tribe whose identity was erased by the Paper of Record. Read More

By / July 10, 2017

You may have missed a fascinating obituary from last week: that of Sheila Michaels, the feminist and civil rights activist who is credited for propagating the use of the honorific “Ms.” Outside of this news-making accomplishment, her life was fascinating, from being expelled from college in part due to her outspoken anti-segregationist views, to working as a cabdriver, to becoming a restaurateur. The New York Times piece adds a lot of color and detail in a short amount of space to the life of an amazing woman. But there’s one glaring omission: Michaels was Jewish.

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