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After Charlottesville: Now more than ever: People, Torah, Struggle for Human Rights

0 Comments 21 August 2017

The following excerpt is from a new blog post by Rabbis for Human Rights’ Chair Rabbi Ed Rettig. 

Charlottesville Vigil, Washington, DC. Ted Eytan from Washington, DC, USA • CC BY-SA 2.0

Charlottesville Vigil, Washington, DC. Ted Eytan from Washington, DC, USA • CC BY-SA 2.0

In these days following the Charlottesville fiasco, it is time to take a hard look at ourselves. Among the minority of Jews who voted for Trump, some continue to accept arguments along the lines of “but someone else is also a sinner.” (“The alt-left is just as violent” etc.) Among progressives, if Facebook is an indication, too many self-effacing people explain that despite their awareness of white privilege, they hope that their partners in struggle will deign to acknowledge and join their condemnation of Nazis marching in an all-American college town. The Forward published a ridiculous article suggesting the American Nazi Richard Spencer was correct in his racist misrepresentation of Zionism and Israel. Thank God, Yom Kippur is almost upon us. The Charlottesville march of the Nazis and the mistakes made in response to it show us how much we have to repent.

Read the full post here.

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