Our observance shouldn’t be limited to studying Jewish involvement in the Civil Right Movement (we see you, Freedom Riders). Black History Month isn’t about patting “white saviors” on the back but rather about celebrating the accomplishments of African-Americans.
These two texts challenge us to pay close attention to the power dynamics involved in a hegemonic body adopting cultural products of a subordinate group. Sometimes erasure comes through restricting the minority practice of its own culture, as in Antiochus's later persecution, which we marked on Chanukah. But sometimes erasure comes through cultural appropriation, depending on a subordinate group to create culture, and then taking it and turning it from culture to artifact, from lifeline to epitaph.
If you’re worried about hail victory salutes in DC and swastikas in parks and on subways (as we should be), start asking not whom you should disallow, but whom you should invite into your life.
"While we agree with many of Isaiah’s sentiments, and we too think that the poor, and the orphaned should be protected, we cannot abide the extreme and unfair language that Isaiah employs to describe our beloved city."
After seeing a #BlackLivesMatter protest, Carmel Tanaka wonders why she never saw herself as a Jew of color, and what might the movement mean for Canada?
Thursday night, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) will hold a #BlackLivesMatter vigil outside Barclay's Center for Black lives killed by police.
Jews of color should oppose "diversity" in synagogues and Jewish spaces, writes Mark Tseng Putterman, unless they are explicitly anti-racist.
Jewschool is proud to partner with the first Jews of Color National Convening on May 1-3 in NYC and to host a series written by Jews of color about their movement for greater racial justice within and by the American Jewish community.