By rabbi dr. samuel lebens
In this article, philosopher and Orthodox Rabbi, Samuel Lebens, reflects on Black Lives Matter, progressive politics and the Jewish imperative to support racial justice.
THE murder of George Floyd sent shockwaves through the world. In the United States, Americans of all races and creeds took to the streets to demand racial justice. Globally, protesters gathered in solidarity.
Many Jews were among those who took to the streets. In so doing, they followed in the hallowed footsteps of multiple generations of Jews who stood shoulder to shoulder with African Americans in their long campaign for civil and economic freedom. And yet, some Jews feel deeply uncomfortable campaigning under the umbrella of the movement for Black Lives Matter. Why?
"I can imagine that many South African Jews will relate to those Jews in America (and elsewhere) who sympathise with the plight of racial minorities but who also feel alienated from their political movements".