By Alan Kirschenbaum

Mayor Greg Fischer and community leaders have taken a stance there is no place for Confederate statues in Louisville.

Yet, Fischer graciously cut the ribbon at The Edison Center, honoring a renown, virulent Jew hater – Thomas Edison.

When Edison held a lock on the silent film industry in New York, he produced an array of anti-Semitic titles. Also, his refusal to give work to young and rising Jewish film directors resulted in their exodus to California to create what is known as Hollywood.

While slavery is indisputably a bleak age in America, likewise is anti-Semitism, especially among early 20th-century industrialists. Such hatred should not be exempt from what is today’s wave of rewriting history.

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