Reckoning with Jewish trauma and privilege in the wake of Charlottesville
What will it was look like to put our bodies on the line in front of violent white supremacists accountable to nothing and no one?
If Donald Trump had proposed banning all Jews from coming to the United States, would he have been giving the platform to speak at the AIPAC conference? The answer is undoubtedly no. If today banning Jews was a policy proposal from a presidential candidate and a policy conference led by a minority group invited the speaker in order to “hear him out”, we would have no sympathy; we would say they turned their backs on Jews. By allowing Donald Trump to speak at a major Jewish event, we have turned our backs on marginalized communities. It is that simple. We are not neutral, we are complicit.
Jews must reject the cynical use of anti-Semitism by two Jewish professors at Wheelock College to obscure their own racist actions. If we are to be a “light unto the nations,” we cannot ignore the mess in our own backyard.
You are not counter-hegemonic movements. You are the incarnation, par excellence, of hegemony. You have, in the most racist of ways, co-opted the language of a real counter-hegemonic movement entrenched in battle with the American state.
There’s no reason to doubt the existence of real crossover appeal between the growing neo-Confederate movement and ultra-Zionism, and there shouldn’t even be anything all that surprising about it.