Jamaican Broadcaster Salutes Hitler on Live Television

Veteran Jamaican broadcaster Rohan Daley on Sunday, July 13th, 2014 saluted Hitler by uttering the phrase “Heil Hitler” in celebration of Germany securing the 2014 World Cup title. It was inconceivable to think that a broadcaster would have uttered such a phrase on national television. In so doing, Mr. Daley single handedly tainted what had otherwise been perceived as superb coverage of the games by CVM television.

The Holocaust has been regarded as the worst genocide in our world to date. The effects of one of the most sordid events on human record is still vivid in the minds of countless individuals. It was an event in our history that saw the murder of over 6 million Jews, and was overseen by a man whose ideology of racial purification led to the victimization of others. Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Toronto, Doris L. Bergen noted:

“Nazi Germany persecuted, incarcerated, and killed millions of Slavic people – Polish gentiles, especially members of the intelligentsia; Soviet prisoners of war; and others – and attacked Communists, homosexual men, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Afro-Germans, and other people considered unwanted in the “new European order.” (Bergen, War & Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust; 2009)

  
Adolf Hitler Nazi salute
– Adolf Hitler giving the Nazi salute during a rally in 1939. (AFP/Getty Images)

In a simple salute, Rohan Daley diminished his own value and saluted an ideology which, had it not been contained, would have caused the peril of a nation such as Jamaica and its diverse citizenry. His comments were insensitive at best, and ignorant to say the least. His actions lacked good judgement and eroded the expectations to which a person within his position is held. What is even more alarming is the seeming disparaging treatment of the comments by the television network. Numerous Jamaicans voiced their discontent with the broadcaster’s remark, and to date an official statement has not been issued by the network. To his credit, Mr. Daley issued an apology in a segment which followed the World Cup broadcast, however I find a mere apology insufficient. The network has a responsibility to respond to the criticism levied against it following the offensive remarks. In addition, it was a insult to the viewing audience to have Mr. Daley continue his broadcast following what may be perceived as possibly the most racially insensitive utterance made on Jamaican television in recent history.

Alarmingly the Jamaican media seemed to have ignored the incident. On Monday, July 14, 2014 only a brief letter to the editor in the Jamaica-Gleaner (the local newspaper) made reference to the unfortunate occurrence. It is necessary that as Jamaicans we demand that our media professionals exhibit proper judgement and exercise professionalism at all times. We must establish a standard of respectability that must be demonstrated throughout our society. For too long we have settled for mediocrity, and it has only led to our demise as a nation. Our politicians are another example of a group which constantly exercise poor judgement, make offensive and disparaging remarks, circumvent laws and do without any fear of electoral retribution. Building a better Jamaica is our responsibility as a people. It starts by challenging the systems that are in place which erode our civility as a people. In a world that is now interconnected we must be mindful of the past of not only our nation, but that of others. It is imperative for us to be attuned to the sensitivities which exist in our world.

CVM Television by its lack of action as displayed so far, has negated and marginalized a segment of the Jamaican population. The network is adding insult to injury by its silence on the matter. However, the blame rests with us; ordinary Jamaicans that fail to demand good and morally sound leadership by those in positions of authority.

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Dimitri Lyon

A graduate of Texas A&M University-Commerce, Dimitri Lyon holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Political Science and Speech Communication. He also holds dual Master of Science degrees in Higher Education and History. Currently Dimitri works as a Senior Admissions Recruiter with Texas A&M University-Commerce, and works independently as a motivational speaker.

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Janet Margaret Davis
6 years ago

Rohan Daley should be severely reprimanded…it’s a disgusting way to act. Racism is everywhere but he has shown, with his actions, he is also racist…

Deb VintageSoul Bonner

Just very ignorant I think. not necessarily racist.

Shane Evans
6 years ago

These Jews are too god dam sensitive.

Sasha Prince
6 years ago

This article is very pointless and irrelevant. You are just looking for something to say to cause provocation. You are an idiot!

Sasha Prince
6 years ago

“The Holocaust was regarded as the worst genocide in our world today….” What about Rwanda? What Hitler did was wrong, but what the Israelis are doing now is no different. Tired of reading this rubbish! They need to get over this and stop dwelling on this past History behaving like they have had the worst atrocity in History. Should I start talking about Slavery, the extinction on the America Indians, dropping Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima. Who ever wrote this article need to go find something else to do. Furthermore, how is saying “Heil Hitler” actually be ‘Saluting Hitler’? Did they… Read more »

Patrick Lennon
6 years ago

Really out of context as I think it was out of mere excitement on Germany winning ….although we all should be mind full of our utterances …as a people we search for the negatives in everything and highlight them in or out of context

Kirk Daley
6 years ago

taken out of context

Karen Ann
6 years ago

I think the author, dimitri lyons is a conservative douch bag. I agree w/Sasha ‘ s response. The Holocaust was not the worst atrocity in human history. Like Sasha mentioned, there were plenty other genocides that have happened throughout history. No one is dismissing what mr.Daley did, he made a mistake and he used bad judgment; I think he got carried away with all the excitement during Germany ‘ s win.

Karen Ann
6 years ago

@ dimitri lyo stop beating the Hornet ‘ s nest.Must be a slow day @ the office.

Colin Sterling
6 years ago

The Isreali’s are no different from Hitler, as a matter of fact in many instances they are worst. Just before the 3 Israeli kids were kidnapped and killed, 2 Palestinian boys were executed by Israeli special forces. This was caught on surveillance camera. Not much was made of this as they were Palestinians, but as soon as 3 Israeli boys were killed it was all over cnn and all other networks. Since then Israel has murdered over 200 civilians, mostly women and children and injured over 2000. There is no difference between Netanyahu and Hitler. Hitler murdered thousands of Jews… Read more »

Rohan Whyte
6 years ago

police killings are happening almost every day in our country where in your comment on that? Our children are being killed almost every day still didnt see your post about any of that. Mr Daley was wrong we all agree on that but you are also like the rest of us Mr Lyon if our standard only speak to the spot light issues but not the every day issues that affects every day people.

Matthew Hall
6 years ago

There are really more important things going on in Jamaica then a this. Write about them.

Christon SupremeCassanova Henry

it is very irrational how people are taking this out of proportion… the phrase used is not apart of Jamaica’s culture and the manner in which Mr. Daley did it was in support of the German team for the Fifa World-cup hence it should and only should be classified as a slight mistake under the part of ignorance and nothing more!!!!!

Wayne Lowers
6 years ago

The holocaust is the extermination of the palestinian people for their land , thats what the holocaust represents to me

Christopher Smith
6 years ago

It’s unfortunate that this happened but wether it was ignorance or taken out of context, there is alot more to that phrase than just the words. If a white broadcaster slipped and said the N word or anything racially suspect, he’d get in alot of trouble, ingorance or not. If ANY news person said this on american tv, they’d be fired IMMEDIATELY, no questions or explanations. What he referenced was a painful time in human history that changed the entire world. This is not saying those events are any more valid than any other human atrocity as they are all… Read more »

Dion Daley
6 years ago

We have made this unfortunate event of the earlier part of the century into something bigger than what we as black people have gone through and continue to go through. Slavery and its ramifications for blacks continue to this day and yet it doesn’t receive the same spotlight as these things. It was stupid of the broadcaster to do such a thing if it indeed happened the way it has been reported above, but for the love of God give it a rest. To this day the Jews are receiving payment from Germany. I don’t know of anyone of black… Read more »

Shanellee Mckenzie
6 years ago

i am sure mr daley wasn’t expecting some fanatic to take it this far

Demaur Corniffe
6 years ago

Well for all those who weren’t watching the post game show , he did apologize repeatedly for his arrogance…. just so you know.

Chinna Gold
6 years ago

The biggest holocaust on planet earth is africans from then on till now. From my point of views hitler was just a Germany thing but for us Africans is a global reality so people wake up from your sleep hitler is a joke to what is happening to Africans in the global holocaust

Nadia Hunter
6 years ago

KMT Really???? Jamaicans have a laid back view of everything. He didnt say it to be offensive and everybody in Jamaica knows this. We are not Americans where the mention of colour gets us riled up to start a lobby group. Come on! I don’t see this kind of outrage being extended to an ever travelling Prime Minister who refuses to answer questions about the business of Jamaica.

LAB Photography
6 years ago

Chantelle Brady Imagine the 400 million black slaves some of who were thrown overboard during the middle passage while still alive babies clutching to their mothers still into the black waters of the deep sea.

Sanjay Lawrence
6 years ago

you people are taking this too seriously. Hitler is big part of German history, the man simply made a ‘pop culture’ reference. nothing to lose your minds about.

Jermaine Bagaloo
6 years ago

the man was excited his football side won he apologies so lets forgive and for get,you don’t have to hang him over it.

Sasha Prince
6 years ago

Point taken Chantelle Brady..but how many of those ‘Holocaust Survivors live in Jamaica or in earshot of that ‘Heil Hitler’ Broadcast? Like I said, this article is exaggerated and uncalled for

Sasha Prince
6 years ago

Point taken Chantelle Brady..but how many of those ‘Holocaust Survivors’ live in Jamaica or in earshot of that ‘Heil Hitler’ Broadcast? If there are any, I’m sure there would have been outcry at ‘Allo Allo. I’m not debating who did what in terms if committing atrocities or who suffered as a result of it! I am saying that this article is a very disproportionate response to what was said. It is uncalled for and unnecessary!

Evon Bennett
6 years ago

I hear stories of how Hitler kill the most Jews but i don’t hear anything about which nation kill the most people and still killing them to this day, the black man was slaughtered during slavery the Mexicans, red Indians and many others and still feeding us with poison food bomb anyone when they ready stir up wars and watch others been kill so that they can fix it to gain access to what ever they want and no one even dare to ask too much questions which is the lesser evil a mass killing or a long history of… Read more »

Albert Spence
6 years ago

go get a life… Rohan Daley did nothing wrong. It was pure humor. Hitler was involved in a power struggle just like all the world powers in present time and the past. right now worst atrocities are being carried out on people around the world for gains and benefits. Get with it such is life.

Sasha Prince
5 years ago

“The Holocaust was regarded as the worst genocide in our world today….” What about Rwanda? What Hitler did was wrong, but what the Israelis are doing now is no different. Tired of reading this rubbish! They need to get over this and stop dwelling on this past History behaving like they have had the worst atrocity in History. Should I start talking about Slavery, the extinction on the America Indians, dropping Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima. Who ever wrote this article need to go find something else to do. Furthermore, how is saying “Heil Hitler” actually be ‘Saluting Hitler’? Did they… Read more »

Patrick Love Lennon
5 years ago

Really out of context as I think it was out of mere excitement on Germany winning ….although we all should be mind full of our utterances …as a people we search for the negatives in everything and highlight them in or out of context

Deb VintageSoul
5 years ago

Just very ignorant I think. not necessarily racist.

Kirk Daley
5 years ago

taken out of context

Karen Ann
5 years ago

I think the author, dimitri lyons is a conservative douch bag. I agree w/Sasha ‘ s response. The Holocaust was not the worst atrocity in human history. Like Sasha mentioned, there were plenty other genocides that have happened throughout history. No one is dismissing what mr.Daley did, he made a mistake and he used bad judgment; I think he got carried away with all the excitement during Germany ‘ s win.

Christon SupremeCassanova Henry

it is very irrational how people are taking this out of proportion… the phrase used is not apart of Jamaica’s culture and the manner in which Mr. Daley did it was in support of the German team for the Fifa World-cup hence it should and only should be classified as a slight mistake under the part of ignorance and nothing more!!!!!

Shane Evans
5 years ago

These Jews are too god dam sensitive.

Christopher Smith
5 years ago

It’s unfortunate that this happened but wether it was ignorance or taken out of context, there is alot more to that phrase than just the words. If a white broadcaster slipped and said the N word or anything racially suspect, he’d get in alot of trouble, ingorance or not. If ANY news person said this on american tv, they’d be fired IMMEDIATELY, no questions or explanations. What he referenced was a painful time in human history that changed the entire world. This is not saying those events are any more valid than any other human atrocity as they are all… Read more »

Janet Margaret Davis
5 years ago

Rohan Daley should be severely reprimanded…it’s a disgusting way to act. Racism is everywhere but he has shown, with his actions, he is also racist…

Albert Spence
5 years ago

go get a life… Rohan Daley did nothing wrong. It was pure humor. Hitler was involved in a power struggle just like all the world powers in present time and the past. right now worst atrocities are being carried out on people around the world for gains and benefits. Get with it such is life.

Nadia Hunter
5 years ago

KMT Really???? Jamaicans have a laid back view of everything. He didnt say it to be offensive and everybody in Jamaica knows this. We are not Americans where the mention of colour gets us riled up to start a lobby group. Come on! I don’t see this kind of outrage being extended to an ever travelling Prime Minister who refuses to answer questions about the business of Jamaica.

Rohan Whyte
5 years ago

police killings are happening almost every day in our country where in your comment on that? Our children are being killed almost every day still didnt see your post about any of that. Mr Daley was wrong we all agree on that but you are also like the rest of us Mr Lyon if our standard only speak to the spot light issues but not the every day issues that affects every day people.

Evon Bennett
5 years ago

I hear stories of how Hitler kill the most Jews but i don’t hear anything about which nation kill the most people and still killing them to this day, the black man was slaughtered during slavery the Mexicans, red Indians and many others and still feeding us with poison food bomb anyone when they ready stir up wars and watch others been kill so that they can fix it to gain access to what ever they want and no one even dare to ask too much questions which is the lesser evil a mass killing or a long history of… Read more »

Dion Daley
5 years ago

We have made this unfortunate event of the earlier part of the century into something bigger than what we as black people have gone through and continue to go through. Slavery and its ramifications for blacks continue to this day and yet it doesn’t receive the same spotlight as these things. It was stupid of the broadcaster to do such a thing if it indeed happened the way it has been reported above, but for the love of God give it a rest. To this day the Jews are receiving payment from Germany. I don’t know of anyone of black… Read more »

Sasha Prince
5 years ago

Point taken Chantelle Brady..but how many of those ‘Holocaust Survivors’ live in Jamaica or in earshot of that ‘Heil Hitler’ Broadcast? If there are any, I’m sure there would have been outcry at ‘Allo Allo. I’m not debating who did what in terms if committing atrocities or who suffered as a result of it! I am saying that this article is a very disproportionate response to what was said. It is uncalled for and unnecessary!

Colin Sterling
5 years ago

The Isreali’s are no different from Hitler, as a matter of fact in many instances they are worst. Just before the 3 Israeli kids were kidnapped and killed, 2 Palestinian boys were executed by Israeli special forces. This was caught on surveillance camera. Not much was made of this as they were Palestinians, but as soon as 3 Israeli boys were killed it was all over cnn and all other networks. Since then Israel has murdered over 200 civilians, mostly women and children and injured over 2000. There is no difference between Netanyahu and Hitler. Hitler murdered thousands of Jews… Read more »

Sasha Prince
5 years ago

Point taken Chantelle Brady..but how many of those ‘Holocaust Survivors live in Jamaica or in earshot of that ‘Heil Hitler’ Broadcast? Like I said, this article is exaggerated and uncalled for

Chinna Gold
5 years ago

The biggest holocaust on planet earth is africans from then on till now. From my point of views hitler was just a Germany thing but for us Africans is a global reality so people wake up from your sleep hitler is a joke to what is happening to Africans in the global holocaust

LAB Photography
5 years ago

Chantelle Brady Imagine the 400 million black slaves some of who were thrown overboard during the middle passage while still alive babies clutching to their mothers still into the black waters of the deep sea.

Sanjay Lawrence
5 years ago

you people are taking this too seriously. Hitler is big part of German history, the man simply made a ‘pop culture’ reference. nothing to lose your minds about.

Jermaine Bagaloo
5 years ago

the man was excited his football side won he apologies so lets forgive and for get,you don’t have to hang him over it.

Demaur Corniffe
5 years ago

Well for all those who weren’t watching the post game show , he did apologize repeatedly for his arrogance…. just so you know.

Wayne Lowers
5 years ago

The holocaust is the extermination of the palestinian people for their land , thats what the holocaust represents to me