michigan suspends employee over hitler’s image on video boards
A Michigan State University employee has faced termination after an image of late German politician Adolf Hitler appeared on the video board at Spartan Stadium, a stadium in East Lansing, Michigan, United States.
Alan Haller, the athletic director at Michigan State University, said that he suspended the employee because he was involved in allowing Adolf Hitler’s image to be shown on video boards. He said in a statement on Sunday Night, “Antisemitism must be denounced.” He further added, “The image displayed prior to Saturday night’s game is not representative of who we are and the culture we embody.”
What happened to the employee?
The employee, who was not named, did not take the permission from the authorities to use his content on the scoreboard as part of a pregame trivia quiz. The employee showed an image of Hitler and his birthplace of Austria during the pregame trivia quiz, just 80 minutes before kickoff between the rival schools.
Michigan State University athletic director Alan Haller said, “The video was not part of a sponsorship. An involved employee was identified and suspended with pay pending the results of an investigation.”
He said that the incident caused harm to the Jewish community, “which is currently experiencing a rise in antisemitism, including acts of violence.”
The employee was suspended immediately.
What was the reason behind the suspension?
The incident comes at a sensitive time. The Jewish community is suffering because of the war between Israel and Hamas fighters. The conflict has sparked a rise in antisemitism in the United States. Israel-Hamas conflict has also caused humanitarian catastrophe in the region.
Antisemitism played a major role in Adolf Hitler’s thinking and killing of Jews. He used antisemitic ideas to kill Jews. Between 1941 and 1945, he murdered European Jews. Hitler was the dictator of Germany from 1933 until his suicide in 1945.
The US has long condemned the killing of Jews during World War II. Hitler and the Nazi party turned anti-Semitism into genocide, killing six million Jews.