On Monday night, Minneapolis witnessed a lynching. A white police officer murdered George Floyd, and the video left no doubt of what had happened.
“It is inherently wrong to aggressively police one group of people, yet ignore another group that commits the same infraction.”
Ben Faulding, who is black and Jewish, said the clerk who called the cops on him reported that he was armed.
“We’re in the middle of a large, historic thing,” Kalven said. “We could end up in a worse place rather than a better place.”
Rabbi Liz Goldstein is deeply disturbed by how Donald Trump and his policing policies show little concern for the value of certain peoples’ lives.
Chloé Valdary discusses our collective search for meaning in these noxious political times.
For black Israelites, the killing of two African Americans at the hands of police, caught on camera and shared widely online, was part of a pattern of black persecution. Organizing politically was discussed, but leaders emphasized that obedience to God, and following the commandments of the Torah, must come before any political solution.
Each time something like this happens, white people ask, ‘What can be done?’ If you’re still asking, you haven’t been listening.
It should be the Jewish imperative not to give in to resignation — because the black lives being lost cannot afford complacency.
After Baltimore, almost everyone has a view on police and racism. As Samuel G. Freedman has learned, there are plenty of advantages to being white even when other circumstances might count against you.