The U.S. ambassador to Germany is not at all impressed by the "jerks" who abused one of his staffers, an African American man, at a soccer game in August, and he posted an open letter on the embassy's website to say so. It went up in the "speeches and texts" section of the site last week, with no hype or press push or anything like that, but since then the Internet has started taking notice of the hotly worded letter, and the awful run-in it describes (in which two German soccer fans jostled, insulted, and poured beer on an African American embassy staffer). It went up on Reddit on Wednesday morning, and Business Insider a few hours later. What's odd about the letter isn't that the ambassador, Philip Murphy, is outraged at the racist incident -- who wouldn't be? -- it's his odd obsession with the word "jerks" in this official State Department space:
In this case, the consequence is that the ambassador to your country calls you a jerk on his official website.
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