I find it quite interesting that the July 2 Jewish Standard coincidentally has two articles on somewhat the same subject.
On Page 6 there is a very interesting piece about Rabbi Steven Sirbu and Pastor Keni Ashby and their trip to Birmingham to commemorate the social change brought about from the terrible days of racial segregation in the United States.
The visit underscores the contributions of sweat, money, and blood that Jews gave to right the wrongs of this institutional outgrowth of slavery. From the early days of the formation of organizations such as the NAACP, Jews have stood shoulder to shoulder with blacks who were demanding their legitimate rights as citizens of this country.
Today when minorities are slighted, Jews are still in the forefront of battles for civil rights.
Coincidentally, on Page 19 is an article about the comments made by the black racist, Louis Farrakhan, leader of the aptly named Nation of Islam, slamming Jews for all the ills that have befallen the blacks in this country. Farrakhan, who has called Judaism a “gutter religion,” is calling for a “dialogue” with both Jewish and non-Jewish groups to “repair the damage” done to his ancestors.
The racist Farrakhan also calls Jews “deceitful so-called friend, while your history with us shows you have been our worst enemy.”
His rantings could easily be dismissed as the words of a brain-damaged moron seeking to find someone to blame for his own shortcomings and attempting to rally support from others such as himself.
The interesting thing, however, is that while Jews stood up for blacks, the blacks are strangely quiet in the face of these continued assaults by Farrakhan. Where is Jesse Jackson? Where is Al Sharpton? These two loud mouths have remained oddly silent.
And where is Barack Obama? Could the President’s former relationship with Farrakhan, while the two were community organizers in Chicago, be influencing his silence on these racist remarks?
I don’t suggest that Jews not be there to help the blacks or any other persecuted group. We have always done the right thing and we should continue to do so. But wouldn’t it be nice to get some support from black leaders and organizations when racists such as Farrakhan spew their venom?