The recent Journal article headlined, “Anti-Semitism and Black Lives Matter,” fails to acknowledge several important points. First, the fact that several individuals associated with Black Lives Matter have expressed anti-Semitic ideas does not discredit the BLM organization or the broader social movement against police violence and systemic racism of which it is a part.
Second, while it is true that Jews have been significant and important partners in the fight against racism, it must be acknowledged that Jews have also and sadly as individuals and groups engaged in discriminatory behavior and racist practices. In fact, just as Jews were victims of restrictive housing covenants, some also wrote or supported covenants forbidding housing in some suburban areas to non-Caucasian. Nor were Jews always innocent in the practice and reaction to redlining in real estate.
Third, and shamefully to my mind, some of the major donors to Trump’s campaign and creators of some of the policies that are antithetical to the values for which Herschel and King marched over 50 years ago and for which Judaism stands are Jews.
Fourth, and most importantly, the greatest anti-Semitic threat comes from Trumpism, its enablers in the disgraceful Republican Party, and the White Nationalist anti-Semites who chant “Jews will not replace us,” and are happy to post George Soros conspiracy theories in support of Trump. Trump’s father, as many have noted, was associated with a New York KKK rally and as many have confirmed, including his niece, in this case a bruised apple falls not far from the tree.
Finally, let there be no mistake, ask the Southern Poverty Law Center, the ADL, or anyone with open eyes or ears, the greatest threat to American Jews is not a few anti-Semitic people of color, but the reelection of Donald Trump, his gangster entourage, and the destruction of our democracy.
Robert Shuman, Marblehead