This Day in Jewish History 2012: Florida Governor Orders 'Shylock' Stricken From State Statutes

Oddly, the term was added to Florida law in 1969. Even U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has used it, only to apologize later.

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On April 27, 2012, Florida Governor Charlie Crist signed a bill that ordered the excision of the word “shylock” from state statutes restricting usurious lending practices. The move was meant to eliminate the...