Assemblyman Wayne P. DeAngelo (D-14), Hamilton, doesn’t want New Jersey to honor the late cartoonist Thomas Nast of Morristown.
In fact, DeAngelo wants Nast removed from this year’s list of nominees for induction into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, citing Irish Catholic community worries regarding anti-Irish imagery portrayed in the political cartoonist’s works.
“As an Irish Catholic myself and the state Assemblyman representing a large Irish community, I am deeply troubled by the nomination of Mr. Nast given disturbing imagery and depiction of Irish Catholics in the 19th Century,” DeAngelo wrote in a letter to the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
“I do not believe that his works represent the people of New Jerseyans from all cultural backgrounds in an appropriate or respectful manner. We should not be honoring any individual who contributed to the popularization of bigotry and prejudice in our country,” wrote DeAngelo, who served as the 2011 Grand Marshall of the Hamilton St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The statewide Ancient Order of Hibernians also has called for the removal of Nast from the list of nominated individuals.