Nathan Cayton of the Municipal Court in Washington, in which he charged the existence of a Jewish crime wave as “utterly false as well as injudicious. They fly contrary to facts and statistics.
“Whether the remarks of the Judge were inspired by his desire to curry favor with the Gentiles by posing as a stern and impartial critic, or whether it was due to gross ignorance, I cannot tell. Let us give him the benefit of the doubt and say that he is a victim of an illusion to which unthinking masses are so much subjected. These people have what we call in psychology stereotyped judgments of minority groups, which are derived from the few delinquent members which stand out prominently in their minds. The word ‘Jew’ brings to their minds not a Heifetz or a Rosenwald, but a Rothstein. We can condone such opinions when they are held by ignorant and unthinking individuals, but that they should be entertained by a man holding the high office that Judge Cayton does is indefensible.”