Do Black Lives Matter? Not According to Some Jews!
What happens when a Jewish publication announces that one Jewish organization will be remembering the lives of 8 African-Americans killed by police in the United States during the eight days of Hanukkah? Certain Jews get angry and show how little Black lives actually do matter to them.
I came across the following article searching for imagery of African Jews celebrating Hanukkah. The Jewish Daily Forward published the article “8 Nights of Hanukkah for 8 Black Lives Lost” on December 16th announcing that, “Jews around the world” will “commemorate the Black victims of police violence in America”, or “At least, that’s the hope of an ad-hoc coalition of social justice activists who have launched “#ChanukahAction: A Jewish Day of Action to End Police Violence.”
The article goes on to list the names of 8 Black victims of killing at the hands of American policy enforcement officials, all of whom were unarmed when killed. Included among the dead are 7 year-old Aiyana Jones who was murdered as police stormed her home in wee hours of the night as she slept. The officer who shot her will not pay a price for taking her life in the court systems as it stands. 12 Year old Tamir Rice and a 14 month old defenseless infant are also mentioned in the article. #BlackLivesMatter
When Black Lives Don’t Matter (Isaiah 53 speaks of this)
After calling for readers to show compassion for the suffering of others the responses were less than humane, less than sympathetic, empathetic or even civilized. Please note that this is the second article about Black victims of police violence and killing on Jewish publications where I have observed a similar attitude by too many Jews who classify themselves as “White”.
Keep in mind that the Torah repeatedly commands the Jew to be passionate for justice for the poor, the weak, and the despised. Black people in the United States of America and even outside of it most certainly meet all three conditions since the establishment of the system of White Supremacy.
“To do justice and righteousness is more acceptable to HaShem than sacrifices (Proverbs 21:3) Sacrifices were in vogue only while the temple was in existence, but justice and righteousness must exist with and without the temple. Sacrifices atoned only for sins committed in error, not for presumptuous sin: justice and righteousness atone for all sins.”-Midrash Devarim Rabbah
Times of Israel readers “embarrassed” that rabbis are marching with protesters of police violence in Ferguson, Missouri.
Reading these comments, I have to ask if Black lives matter among non-black Jewry?