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Do Jews and Black people have a shared struggle?

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(3) Dvirah, November 14, 2015 7:41 PM


We have a shared struggle to eliminate blind hatred and bigotry from the world.

(2) Judah, November 3, 2015 7:29 PM

Never heard him say one good thing bout jewish people or israel

Did anybody say self hating pity hes whats out there hes rotten to the core

(1) Leslie Ruder, November 1, 2015 11:17 AM

Drop the prejudice and see the commonalities

Ever since I was a child, pounding my little fist on the dinner table when the word "shvartza" was used, yes, of course derogatorily, I would correct my parents and ask them, in my Minnie Mouse voice "How could we Jews, who have suffered so much persecution and prejudice be prejudiced against ANYONE?" The ludicrousness of it continues to baffle me. And it's increasingly disturbing to see how negatively the African-American community (not necessarily individuals) often has a very negative position on Jews as well. It's very obvious to me that both nature (a fullness of soul, a deep yearning for connection to our Creator, a zest for life and expression), the painful aspects of our histories, and yes, even the current prejudice under which we all operate (to different degrees and expressed in different ways, I admit), give us much more in common with each other than, as Jon Stewart put it, "the Whities." While no healthy African American or Jew should focus on our enslavements and murderous treatment by others who consider us sub-human life forms over centuries and millennia, but rather on each of our people's gifts, strengths, and purpose on the world stage, that shared history should help us to understand and respect each other and yes, love each other as well.

I was shocked to find out recently from an African American Jewish friend that even here in Israel, she and her children experience the prejudice of ignorance. I had always naively assumed that since they are observant Jews, the color of their skin was a non-issue in their community. How foolish and insensitive of me to have made such an assumption! While there is an innate fear and thus dislike of "the other", we are all beholden to overcome that knee-jerk reaction in every case, and use our intellect to guide our emotions and actions. I guess I'm still pounding on the table.


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