A friend is not someone who wipes your tears; a friend doesn’t make you cry. A fraynd iz nit emetser vas veyps deyn trern; a fraynd tut nisht makhn ir veynen.
What do Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Walt Disney, Winston Churchill, Coco Channel, Henry Ford, Roald Dahl, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot and Charles Lindbergh all have in common with mr t? All are anti-Semites. They all have / had a deep, dark and outspoken hatred of Jews.
Hating Jewish people is not a new phenomenon, I know this well. As a Jewish person, I am so grossly disturbed by this, along with the ongoing currents of bigotry and racism towards Blacks, Muslims, Mexicans, Women, and the LGBTQ community. It’s hard to comprehend and even harder to explain to the littles.
In the less than 2 months since the inauguration of mr t, let me list some news for you:
- Over 100 Jewish Community Centers (JCC’s) have received bomb threats, and this week, about 30 of them were right here in my neck of the woods (PA, NJ, DE)
- Horrible acts of vandalism have struck Jewish cemeteries located in St. Louis and Philadelphia (my hometown), toppling headstones and wreaking havoc for loved ones
- Many Mosques and churches have been set on fire
- Less than a week ago, a man in Kansas shot at two Indian men, killing one and wounding the other. He thought they were middle eastern, and yelled, “Get out of my country” as he fired shots. He also wounded a white American, 24 years old, who tried to stop him.
Can we all band together now and agree that what is happening in the US right now is not normal?
When asked about all of these recent attacks, mr t replied, “Sometimes it’s the reverse, to make people—or to make others—look bad.” He implied that the Jews are actually doing this to make him look bad. Later that same day, one of his advisers stated,
with his outside voice, that the culprits were democrats, all just trying to make him (mr t) look bad.” mr t, he calls this ‘false flags.’
Once, an evil man named Adolf Hitler used propaganda, hate, and divisiveness to exterminate six million of my people, our people who lived and loved on this planet. After that awful time in our world history played out, we all promised, Never Again.
I see a crackdown on immigration. The building of walls. A Muslim ban. I think my friends, ‘Never Again’ is now.
Keynmal mer. Never again.