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50% of us were the targets of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), as were the other group, comprising the remaining 50%. Both Jews and Blacks were the hated class-groups of the white supremacist organizations’ focus. We mostly knew the face of the KKK’s racial bigotry only from the Black perspective, being that it was pretty arresting to see the write-up in the paper, along with the photos, of its poor victims lynched at the tree.
Did this really happen? The write-up? The photos? The murder of innocent people, whose only crimes were to encounter the magnitude of others’ prejudices-turned-pathological? Yes, they did. It’s hard to believe that only a few decades ago, society in America acted in such a manner.
And, if we think about it, it was only seventy-some-odd years ago that the Holocaust took place. But, while the larger society has moved on from these tragedies, those of its victims continue to feel the scars of its pain, long after even the lives of those who have lived its era have passed on.
And so we find ourselves continuing to lick what others would term our imaginary wounds — even those to whom the generational memory has been given via the lives led by their ancestors — in the communal memories that linger, and in the mitochondrial DNA that inherits the sorrows from the inflictions of the afflicted, generations before our present time of existence.
In Judaism, we are commanded to remember and to retell to our generations the times of our lives under slavery some several-thousand years ago in Egypt, when all knowledge of Joseph, our Israeli Jewish ancestor, and his wisdom through which he had saved Egyptian civilization from famine, had been forgotten and erased from all records, and, in time, all memory. The modern Pharaoh then saw the Israelites in his land as interlopers, and so he enslaved us, and this continued for several hundred (430?) years, until our Israelite ancestor, Moses, had his first of many encounters with G-d, and with G-d’s guidance, led us out of bondage and, eventually, into The Promised Land.
It is commanded us not to forget. It is something that we must always remember, so that it does not happen to us again. If we cannot let go of this memory after so much time has passed, how could it be expected that the Black people would be so easily able to set aside their memories of the more-recent upheavals of their national roots in another nation, and the forced migrations to the unaccustomed cold climes of the Americas and Europe, toiling under hard labor as slaves themselves?
In undignified fashion, they were treated as non-human chattel, whose lives were their masters’ property, and in whose care they could be expected to receive even less-humane treatment than was provided to the livestock of the home. There was no hope for advancement or escape, in most such situations. Live a slave, die a slave, be born into a life of slavery.
Generations passed that lived like this in the United States. Eventually, as enlightenment of the human race advanced, so, too, did the situation for the people held as slaves. It took a long time to implement, but little victories in the notion of human rights soon began to germinate. A few brave individuals helped to thwart the continuance of slavery by freeing some slaves and enabling others to make their escape.
Civil rights advocates began to form groups and agencies to help enact the passage of laws granting Black people equality, which should have been available for everyone, as the Constitution guarantees; but they had been previously considered to represent the worth of only 3/5ths of a human. Voting rights had to be gained and marches had to be organized. Schools and neighborhoods needed to be desegregated, so that Black people could receive comparable benefits such as had been provided in areas already built up, subsequently offering more resources.
We have come a long way, but we have only arrived to it by a long and embattled process, which has been shared by many. We still have a long way to go in correcting lingering attitudes which persist in discriminating.
The Jewish people have been no stranger to the prejudice and discrimination which gripped Europe, the Americas, and most of the free world. The pogroms, the Inquisition, the auto-da-fes, the Crusades, and the Holocaust are all specific movements by groups of non-Jewish people who have institutionalized the wholesale massacre of Jews throughout the ages. We experienced the second portion, unbeknownst to many, that the KKK and the silver-spoon-set dished out to us. We were excluded from Universities and employment in non-Jewish firms (including law firms; that’s why we made our own, and why there were so many of them).
We weren’t made full citizens of anywhere, ever (except in our own country, Israel) until France extended equality to us around 1790-91 and took us out of our formerly-legalized second-class status. That’s only nine years short of the 1800’s. We have only been legally considered “equal” for approximately 225 years. Other nations took longer to grant us that same legal right. And then that great non-equalizer — SOCIETY — lags behind the legal status by about 175 years to follow.
We fought our own legal battles and, instead, formed our own schools, hospitals, and businesses, where society would have closed those opportunities to us. It prompted us to be resourceful and industrious and to apply ourselves towards establishing our own successes. We became really good at this, but we’d always been good managers of our civilization and resources, as well as with those of others.
It infuriated others that, rather than being under their thumbs, where they wanted us, we were squeezed out through the holes in their hands which couldn’t contain us. The people they’d classified as “vermin”, fit for nothing but extermination, were succeeding in all manners of business, and that was just unseemly.
Deep down, they knew that we were really equals, at heart, and that is why they had to fight so hard to maintain that the opposite was true. A narrative part of Christianity, which said that the Jews had to be disgraced, because we had rejected this new Messiah, had to be proven in living reality, if it were indeed to be considered true. While this Replacement Theology position may be said to no longer apply, it never really seemed to be papally disclaimed, either, considering that claims that we were no longer the so-called “Chosen People” had been made for nigh hundreds of years.
The fact that edicts barring Jews from guilds and industries only strengthened Jewish aptitude in Jewish business endeavors, really stuck in the craw. Worse yet, in the industries forbidden to religion, as such, due to religious laws concerning loans, interest and usury, Christians forbade themselves from engaging in the financial arts, and made the Jews perform these functions, among one of only relatively few options for the Jew in conducting business within the society. And now people make slurs against Jews being involved in finance!
What developed as attempts to keep the Jew in inferior societal status just only seemed to make his star rise. And that drew resentment. We were not supposed to succeed. We were the hated “other”, and this did not fit the narrative. We experienced the discrimination in America, too. We started with nothing in our pockets, and grew, in a manner of speaking, collectively well. A slight sense of jealousy is sensed.
And that is just what is happening in the Black Lives Matter movement, who has taken a stance to call for a boycott of anything Jewish-Israeli; anything Arab-Israeli, or perhaps Christian-Israeli, would be just fine, considering that they join demonstrations of Palestinians in Israel, while yet protesting against Israel (so, therefore, they only are against Jews, as shown by this act).
They want us to give our land to people who call themselves a name inferred upon Israel by the ROMAN legions, who overran it in the first- through second-century A.D. Meanwhile, during that time, Israel (aka “Palestine”) was still run by Jewish kings for most of that time period. The Herodian dynasty, of several kings called Herod, as well as the Maccabean dynasty, are several examples found, even in literature written in outside sources, attesting to the veracity of this statement. Yes, it was put on maps as “Palestine”, but it referred to the land of the Jews, which was Zion/Israel/Judaea/Samaria/House of David, and all of our beloved names for it, before that.
It grieves me to no end that the Black Lives Matter movement, comprised of roughly some sixty interest-affiliated groups, would discriminate against Israel and her Jewish people. Once upon a time, and even still to this day, Jewish people have fought hard for civil rights for Black people, in addition to ourselves, as well as for women, and for gender-differentiated individuals, and for same-sex relations. Our fights often paved others’ way. What human rights in equality have been realized have, for a considerable bulk of matters, been achieved through efforts by Jewish people, aside from the significant work of thousands of countless others additionally engaged in these battles.
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel marched arm-in-arm with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1965 Selma March in Alabama. Jews helped found and fund the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Three boys, abducted and killed by the KKK, included two Jews among them, and their lives in service to this cause I refuse to have trivialized. Please see this annotated brief regarding some of the contributions to civil rights made by the Jews:
Over the course of religious history, many attempts at proselytization and conversion, whether willful or coerced, have been made by one society against another. Some have succeeded, remarkably, while others have failed. Judaism has failed to convert to Christianity. Christianity and Islam have gained many souls to their respective causes.
Christianity has made great, though long-drawnout, strides over the years in reaching the people of the African nations, who had once known none of the “monotheistic three” religions of Judaism, Christianity, or Islam. Through Christian missionaries, little by little they won over many people, though at first it appeared as an utter failure, until recent times. The Dutch colonization of Africa and the Boer Wars saw the loss of a great swath of African individuality and the imposition of apartheid policy in the southern tip of the horn, of South Africa.
This discriminatory policy was only recently ended. While the Dutch still ran most of everything, especially in South Africa, Jews had found a home there, as well, and had settled into a small community, doing fairly well for themselves, once they had become established. Because of their prominence in this respect, I think the Jews have become the scapegoated target upon whom all blame for apartheid has now been projected. Blame needs to go where it belongs — on the Dutch. Jews happened to live in South Africa, as well, but they were not the cause for the apartheid policy.
Part of the crux of this matter can be found in the Islamization of Africa, which occured over many thousands of years, when Islam burst out of Arabia in the 600’s A.D. and began a conquest, by sword, of land and its people, eventually reaching Africa, where Africa’s people became captives to this ideology and new master. Some Africans were enslaved; others converted to Islam and adopted some, though not all, of the tenets of the new culture and religion.
The Koran contains passages in which it calls on Muslims to kill the Jew, as well as other infidels (non-Muslims), unless the Muslim extends second-class dhimmitude status to the Jew or to the Christian, in order to allow them to remain in their preferred faiths through payments of tributary wealth. They are now considering changing the word, “dhimmi”, to “citizen”, being that most people are wise to its true meaning, but the concept will still remain unchanged, regardless. Just as Saudi Arabia only recently, on paper, ended the practice of slavery, this linguistic replacement of “dhimmitude” will be a “paper policy”, which rids no place of the continued and ongoing practice.
From the spread of Islam and the Arabic language and local adaptations of its religion throughout Africa, the active Arabian slave trade brought the Black people to lands far from their home. A deep affiliation then began to take hold. Entrenched with the hatred for the Jew by the Arab, the Muslim African began to hate with the same prejudices.
I hate to say it, but the Africans are being used by the Arabs, who are mostly contemptuous toward the Black race, almost as much as the Arabs are toward the Jews. Yet the Arab benefits by all the work that the Black man will now do and the added numbers of people they will provide to their cause.
This would be denied by the Arab, of course. They will insist, to your face, that you are an equal, and you will be made managers of their operations. I am not saying this to be divisive, but I’ve heard it with my own ears within the Arab community just how prejudiced they are against Black people. It will never be an equal status if you are not an Arab, of the same “Holy language” in which the Koran is written. I’m sorry to have to inform you of this.
I don’t really know why anyone would choose to be part of a religion which started off, and even still continues, as an oppressor to the people it purports to include. Well, I guess everyone started somewhere. Not everyone started off with an original religion, or stuck to the one they inherited or adopted.
The recent Black empowerment groups of the 1960’s, like the Black Panthers and others, adopted as their ideological mascot such leaders as Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the group called Nation of Islam. He is a virulent anti-Semite, as was Malcolm Shabazz (aka “Malcolm X”), taking their cue from the Muslim Brotherhood group, founded in Egypt, on which they’re modelled.
As a conspiracy theory “aside” to my writing, I believe that there were some not-so-kosher aspects of the behind-the-scenes incidents involving the Jacksons and their dealings with the Nation of Islam, for they always seem willing to accept the riches of an accolyte of the Hollywood- and music-based gainsay, while denouncing the vituperous self-same lifestyle found in America, the “Great Satan”. You know this is a load of double-speak, anyways, for just look at the lifestyles of the oil-rich Arabs, with their palatial mansions, and cars, and gold watches, etc.
Israel is a Parliamentary Democracy, the only one of its kind among the monarchies of the Middle East. It is also not a theocracy, although perhaps it should add that designation and become that, in addition to what it already has. Its citizens come from among the most diverse nations in the world. There are an incredible array of denominational sects of all religions here, which fully practice their religions in freedom, at least while under Jewish control.
Arabs comprise about 17-20% of the population and serve in the governing body of the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament), as well as in all areas of government. There are Arab mayors, governors, policemen, Ministers of Parliament, and all roles of occupations, who can vote, and drive, and do the same thing as all other citizens do, including to join the Army, if they wish (and some of them are our best-decorated heroes). This is not an apartheid country, despite the lies to the contrary.
And this is just what those of the Black Lives Matter movement wish to unfairly claim. Their wish to boycott Israel is just one of their prejudicial, racist demands. They also want everything for free. So would I like that! Are they for real? They want free housing (me, too — I’ll likely be homeless in two weeks, and I hear you saying, “Yay”!), free education (including college), free childcare and free food. They want “get-out-of-jail-free” cards, and “don’t-put-Black-people-in-jail” cards (but only for Blacks; not, of course, for others).
Here are some screenshots from an affiliative movement, m4bl (or, Movement 4 Black Lives), to see for yourselves:
Guess what!? Black Lives Matter movements want to live in a Communist country — they don’t like capitalist America! But, the citizens must work in a Communist country, as well… they can’t sit around and earn everything for nothing. And there’s rationing, and everything’s run down, since no-one wants to spend money to fix anything. It doesn’t work. That’s why none of those countries are wealthy or a power-player on the world stage. So, go and live with your Communist ideals, like in North Korea, or somewhere, if you’d prefer. You can come and go from our country. But, you might never escape out of a totalitarian Communist regime, ever again.
I believe that we should honestly come up with a plan, as I’ve mentioned before, for compensating Black people for the lives, and years, and toil of their forced emigration by slavery to our shores, and for their backbreaking labor and the blood they’ve hemorrhaged in doing so.
As I’ve said, affirmative action and desegregation have helped to bring the races together and to discover that we’re all, actually, pretty darn cool, and we should have realized this far sooner, as opposed to so much later. But it hasn’t been the panacea or the magic potion we’d been hoping to rub over it all to make it all better. I don’t know how recompensation would work — I mean the details, the planning, who would get it/be eligible, how much would be given. I can tell you that in this, as in everything, the amounts would seem, and be, small — much as they were to the Holocaust survivors, who really received practically nothing. It all went to groups to teach Holocaust education — barely anything is given to survivors. I don’t think, in my opinion, that Black people should make that mistake. I think that they should let individuals take their own reparation money, whatever it may be, to do with as they please.
No matter what is placed in its stead — As I’ve said before, no reparations is still no reparations. This, I feel, is what Black people should be working on; not discriminating against Jews and demanding Black-only privilege inscribed as law.
September 1, 2016: Here is a video by Bill Whittle, in his Firewall series, with statistical graphics refuting the claims of the Black Lives Matter movement:
Here is an op-ed/opinion article mentioning replacement theory:
Steinberg, Gerald. “Why ‘This Night’ is Still Different”. The Jewish Press.com/In-Depth/Opinions; April 12, 2017: