The #BlackShul initiative left me feeling very unsettled.
Picketing a shul on Yom Hashoa is NOT solidarity. Picketing a shul at any time is NOT solidarity.
Saying “you suffered THEN, we suffer NOW” is NOT solidarity. You want to use the Holocaust for your own activism, get in line. It’s a very, very long one.
This is something that’s been bothering me about other Jewish-Black initiatives as well. It’s never about real solidarity. We never hear from the Black community when Jews are attacked. It’s about taking Jewish symbols and practices and applying them for the Black cause.
I just wonder how it would go down if Jews would picket a funeral of a Black person killed by the police and exhort the congregants to fight antisemitism, as a show of solidarity of course.
I see A LOT of Jewish support for #BlackLivesMatter on my dash. Real support, not just using a Black issue in order to push a Jewish agenda.
I see A LOT of Black antisemitism. Especially coming from people who supposedly fly the flag of anti-racism. When it comes to Jews, especially European Jews that you can lump together with the White folk who wanted to wipe them out, then everything goes. I’m a colonialist, oppressive White, I’m not really Jewish, I’m responsible for all the suffering of Black people. And that’s just a taste of what I’ve been getting the past few months, ever since I joined Tumblr.
If the Black community wants to show solidarity - start by fighting antisemitism amongst your ranks. Speak up when you see something antisemitic, and don’t wait until it gets to the first Jew who has to set things straight. Don’t erase the help and support you got from Jews in the past, just because you think now we’re not jumping fast enough for you. Don’t erase the help and support you’re getting now, just because not everybody is joining in.
Otherwise, don’t bother calling it solidarity. Jews will fight for your cause anyway, and we’re used to being stepped on no matter what we do.
I realize there are Jews involved in these initiatives, and I hope you take this to heart - you want to get Jews to care? Then drop the media hype and act like you’re part of the Jewish community. Don’t stand outside a Yom Hashoa ceremony to preach about the suffering of others. Go inside and participate. Then, when you later talk about the suffering of others, people might listen.