NY politician blames Jews for being victims of black “knockout” attacks on them
A NY politician and ally of the new mayor of NYC has written a letter essentially justifying random physical attacks on Jews. Oh, she gives a disclaimer that she would never ‘blame the victim’ but then goes on to do exactly that. She wrote that members of the black community have “genuine concerns” about the influence of Jews. It is the success of many in the Jewish community that spark resentment in the black community:
“Many African American/Caribbean residents expressed a genuine concern that as the Jewish community continues to grow, they would be pushed out by their Jewish landlords or by Jewish families looking to purchase homes,” Cumbo wrote. ”I respect and appreciate the Jewish community’s family values and unity that has led to strong political, economic and cultural gains… While I personally regard this level of tenacity, I also recognize that for others, the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success.”
Mike noted recently in our comments here that of late he’s been hearing people make comments about Jews that it wouldn’t have been acceptable to make a few months ago — he linked it to the division between Israel and the U.S. on the Iran deal: ” It seems like this debate has changed something, like some Rubicon has been crossed and it’s now acceptable to say things about Jews that you couldn’t just a few months or weeks ago.” I’d planned to address this in the comments but I think a discussion about this is important and so I’m going to give my take here.
There are several important issues. First, Mike may be right that this newest estrangement brought about by Obama may have opened the door for his supporters to publicly express essentially Anti-Semitic sentiments. The deal is, those sentiments were there but it wasn’t PC to openly express them — they needed only some (any) event that would let that Rubicon to be crossed. It is certainly a crossing of the Rubicon when you get the rank and file jumping onto the Anti-Jew bandwagon and, once that Rubicon is crossed, getting low-information converts is easy.
Here’s the other deal. When I made Aliyah back in 2005 I wrote a number of blog posts about what influenced me to make the leap and, over the years, my political transformation from Left to Right. At the time I made Aliyah I noted that I was strongly on the Left but on the Israeli Left — a completely different beast than the American or European Left back then. Even then, being on the Israeli version of the Left was viewed by the elitists among the American and European versions as being a real right winger.
The reason I left the American Left and a strong reason that I moved countries was because I was deeply involved in the liberal movement and was deeply disturbed by the Antisemitism, not always barely couched in “I’m only against Israel’s policies and not against Jews in general” disclaimers, that I was encountering. I’m talking 1998-2003 and not interactions with your average Democrat voter.
Trickle down economics may or may not work but I had a strong feeling and stronger fear, having looked at historical examples of the psychological dynamics, that it was only a matter of time before the behind the scenes elitist policy pushers and agenda setters would have a trickle down breakthrough and one that might well cross party lines and become general consensus. I wanted to have children and raise a family and I was not willing to bet their lives or the lives of their children that I was wrong. It turns out that I can’t have children but the dynamics I see unfolding, both in the U.S. and Europe, are right on target with the fears that made me pack up my worldly possessions and move here. The only thing I was off on was how quickly things would change: I didn’t see it starting to happen this fast at all. But it is happening and has been happening and I’ve no compelling evidence to show it won’t continue.
I wrote a number of blog posts about feeling like we were re-entering the 1930s and I felt paranoid and was accused of being paranoid for them. Things today are very different from the 1930s (and the decades leading up to them) but there are some things, some dynamics, that have a neon sign blinking fast and furious ‘Warning. Repeat. Danger.” We ignored the signs way back then. Maybe, it is time, finally time, for us to pay attention and not stick our heads in the sand or look at red herring excuses and try to address those because they are straw men.