I have been reading the Journal’s Letters to the Editor regarding Black Lives Matter very carefully. I can see that some writers have found credible reasons not to support the Black Lives foundation and I presume, the movement. Yet, accusing anyone of downplaying the anti-Semitic vitriol coming from the top down seems to downplay another reality.
Anti-Semitism is coming from many organizations on the political right and on the political left. Surely, we do not need the ADL to tell us there has been a significant uptick in anti-Semitism. But for some, being willing to separate the two injustices, is not downplaying either.
Perhaps a less divisive explanation is that some of us separate the BLM brand, the BLM slogan, from the reality of racial injustice. Maybe someone can prove me wrong, but I think it would be difficult to find a rabbi that will tell you that not standing up to racial injustice makes you a more righteous Jew.
Ann Navon, Swampscott