October 13, 2008, - 3:49 pm

The Synagogue Bombing for Civil Rights That Black America Forgot

By Debbie Schlussel
Yesterday, congregants of the Jewish synagogue, The Temple a/k/a The Hebrew Benevolent Congregation of Atlanta, Georgia, marked the 50th anniversary of the bombing of the synagogue. The Temple was bombed because it became the site of sermons on racial equality and civil rights, on the Jewish holidays.
But 50 years later, American Jews see how they were repaid for their sacrifices on behalf of the civil rights movement. With sermons like the hatred of Jews and Israel and hugs for HAMAS from Rev. Jeremiah Wright. With derogatory comments about “Hymietown” and Nixon’s “insensitive Jewish advisors” (the two advisors to whom he was referring weren’t Jews but were of German extraction) from Jesse Jackson. With comments about “Zionist interlopers” from Al Sharpton. With comments about a “gutter religion” from Louis Farrakhan.

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The Temple Bombing in 1958

Mark my word: There will never be a bombing of a Black Church by Nazis and Muslims because the church was too philo-Semitic. And that’s because–in poll after poll–Anti-Semitism remains strong in one community in America (actually two communities, if you include Muslims): the Black community. Because they don’t know about and/or don’t care a whit about the sacrifices that Jews made for them in America. They’ve rewarded it with anti-Semitism.
Yes, there are some notable examples, with philo-Semitic, pro-Israel Black ministers, like Rev. Keith Butler and Rev. Glenn Plummer of Detroit and my friend, Rev. Dr. Barnett Jones, the Police Chief of Ann Arbor. They are great people.
But, sadly, they are not–unlike Jackson, Farrakhan, Sharpton, and Wright–among the most prominent and revered figures in Black America.
And that’s what the Barack Obama candidacy and his 20-plus year relationship with Rev. Wright and his tight relationship with the anti-Semitic Nation of Islam reminds me of.
I think of the bombing of that synagogue for sermons on civil rights for Blacks since 1946 (the synagogue was bombed by White supremacists on October 12, 1958), and I ask:
What have we Jews learned from that bombing and the resulting fifty years of anti-Semitism espoused by the most admired figures in Black America?
What have we Jewish-Americans learned when 60% of us, in poll after poll, still plan to vote for Barack Obama, a man who held a 20-plus year relationship with a man who was not afraid to spread his hatred of Jews at his and Oprah’s church?
Apparently, the 60% have learned nothing. It is as if they were there at that bombing in 1958, and have been brain-dead ever since. And, frankly, the vast majority of the current congregants of The Temple–a Reform synagogue–will be among those 60%, since liberal Jews tend to dominate Conservative and Reform Judaism, whereas conservative Jews are found in great numbers in Orthodox Judaism.
I am glad Jews were a vital part of America’s civil rights movement. The pigment of one’s skin should never be a reason for the denial of basic human decency and equal treatment. But I am outraged that we continue to be–along with America, itself (Rev. Wright’s “G-d Damn America”)–a target of the hatred of the community we stood up for.
The way to reward this hatred is not to move it into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
When the dust settles after November, how many Nation of Islam members will work in a Barack Obama White House? How many anti-Semitic Black ministers, like Jackson, Farrakhan, Sharpton, and Wright, will find themselves with A-list invites at Obama’s inauguration?
The bombing of the Temple in Atlanta is a forgotten event by not only the community that was the target of the bombing, but by the community for which the Temple stood up which made it a target for that bombing in the first place.

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34 Responses

I’m Jewish, and I also don’t understand how Jews can share the same political bed with such nasty characters. However, I’m glad there are a substantial number of Jews at high levels within the Democratic party. I believe it will help to restrain the worst anti-Semitic tendencies within that party.
It will be of interest to see how the Dem bigwigs are treated within an Obama admininistration, particularly those which attempt to defend Israel (if there are any). Talking about Schumer, Emanuel, Wexler, Waxman, Feinstein, Boxer.

sonomaca on October 13, 2008 at 4:29 pm

The vast majority have been duped by demagogues. I feel like, we who see through the charade, are the few lone voices crying in the wilderness. The people have lost their ability to see and think for themselves. It has happened so many times throughout the history of mankind, even in democracies. I intend to sit back and watch this predictably disastrous movie play itself out.

norman on October 13, 2008 at 4:44 pm

As usual, no good deed goes unpunished.
The antisemitism of the Black community extends from top to bottom with all too few exceptions. Unfortunately, Jewish higher-ups in the Democratic Party support Israel in name only. They all support the ‘peace process’ which weakens and seeks to leave Israel defenseless in the face of its enemies who fundamentally do not want it to exist. Remember that when Farrakhan & Jesse Jackson made their comments, Jewish condemnation within the Democratic party was either nonexistent, or way too little, way too late, and amounted, if it even existed, only to trite words that were not followed up by any actions to remove these people from the Democratic Party orbit. The first goal of Jewish individuals high up in the Demoratic Party is personal power and influence. That trumps everything.
I can’t recall any significant Jewish political figure opposing affirmative action.

c f on October 13, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Debbie, thanks for the info! I had not heard of this bombing, even though I lived in Atlanta for quite a few years and I do feel somewhat embarrassed about my lack of knowledge about this. However, I have heard plenty of positive messages about Jews from the Pulpits of Black churches ever since I was a kid. However, as you stated, none of these Pastors and community leaders were very high-profile, so their positive statements never made the news. Unfortunately, it is inflammatory statements that sell in the media, not making nice. I also remember that as a kid, my church had a program where we would go over to a local synagogue once a month to interact with the Jewish kids and they would come over once a month to the Baptist church and interact with us. Of course, no news media was on site to cover this (nor were they really wanted), but I’m sure there may have been other similar programs around the country. And my Pastor was an old civil rights veteran who grew up at a time (1930’s and 1940’s) when Jewish immigrants had stores and markets in Texas Black communities in spite of Jim Crow and segregation, so his affinity for the Jews may have been shaped by that experience. But it is a sad state of affairs in the Black community that anti-Semitism does exist to the extent that it does, especially given that so many of our songs, scriptures, and sermons for civil rights were based on the experiences of the Hebrews in ancient Egypt as told in the Old Testament.
I do disagree with you regarding what a President Obama would do in the White House. In our system of checks and balances, the President is not a dictator or a king whose dictums can be carried out at will. If you think Obama has to walk a tightrope as a candidate, he will have to continue to walk a tightrope as President if he wants any of his platform items to pass muster with the legislative branch and the American people. We already know he is going to be the most heavily scrutinized President in American history if he wins. I seriously doubt you will see anyone like the Nation of Islam, Rev. Wright, Jesse, Al, Farrakhan, or others within 100 miles of Obama if he becomes President. I may be wrong, but given his ambition, I’m sure he’ll want to run for reelection. I’m willing to bet that if he does anything to interfere with our friendship with Israel or shows any sign of anti-Semitism, he’s dead in the water politically.
As I have to keep reminding folks (both Black and White), Obama is running for the United States of America, not the United States of Black America. I also seriously doubt Blacks will any special treatment under his Presidency. I don’t recall getting any special treatment as a Black employee when I worked at Time Warner just because Richard Parsons was CEO. Nor do I recall Jesse, Al, the Nation of Islam, or Farrakhan being brought in to Merrill Lynch when E. Stanley O’Neal was CEO (although he did make some other questionable decisions…which is why he’s no longer there!). I believe Obama’s ambition precludes him from making any blatant moves like that that would damage his presidency.

JibberJabber on October 13, 2008 at 5:29 pm

I agree with then Gov. Ronald Reagan when he pointed out that the 1964 Civil Rights act was bad legislation.
Despite the anti-Semitism in that community, I find a lot of black people friendly — but that shouldn’t negate the violation of property rights as the 1964 Civil Rights act did.
The lesson Jews should learn from this is that they should be careful whom they help. If the people they are helping basically don’t like Jews or are resentful of the help period, there could be hell to pay for the Jewish community.
Keep in mind that Jews were very patriotic in Germany and won many Iron Crosses first class in World War I — but that didn’t stop Hitler from absorbing false propaganda that Jews shirked fighting in World War One and pushing for genocide on account of his hatred. And many Germans who used to be friends of German Jews also joined in.

Underzog on October 13, 2008 at 5:41 pm

“The pigment of one’s skin should never be a reason for the denial of basic human decency and equal treatment.”
****************
Miss Schlussel, Et Alii:
I agree.
But, that’s the big lie that we’ve been told over and over and over.
It’s not about skin color.
Martin Luther King, Jr. said in his “I Have A Dream” speech that he looked forward to the day when his children would be judged, not for the color of their skin, but for the content of their character.
I write this as an unapologetic prejudiced white man who grew up in a segregated Southern community during the Civil Rights movement.
It ain’t the color of their skin that makes a white man prejudiced against black people.
A white man’s racial prejudices are generated and reinforced by the way the black people act.
Thank you.
John Robert Mallernee
Official Bard of Clan Henderson
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Washington, D.C. 20011-8400
NOTE: “My unpopular and controversial personal opinions are independent of my Scottish clan.”

writesong on October 13, 2008 at 6:13 pm

How sad that I never heard of this-I think it is important to learn of this. From what I heard, jews were pretty active in the civil rights movement. The only way we will truly get close to dr.king’s dream is if we just got rid of race entirely. no quota’s, questions on census forms, no who will blacks vs whites vs spanish vote for. NO MORE

mindy1 on October 13, 2008 at 9:13 pm

David Dinkins will likely be the model of an O’Bama Presidency. The bad-guys you mention, Jesse, Al, Louis and Jeremiah will feel emboldened by an O’Bama presidency. As such, they will actually undermine him in public opinion. We already know that Jessie Jackson Sr. and Al Sharpton don’t think Sen. O’Bama is “black enough”. It seems to me they are rather jealous of him.
Gd knows what harm will come of this; race riots like the Crown Heights pogrom and the Rodney King riots will likely occur. Chicago may well be the fault line.
As the O’Bama presidency is undermined, more public scrutiny will be placed on the authenticity of his birth certificate. President O’Bama will likely be impeached and removed from office due to the strong evidence that he is not a natural born American citizen. Joe Biden will inherit the remainder of his presidency.
That’s my prediction.
It has been my experience over the years that people usually have to learn things the hard way.

There is NO Santa Claus on October 13, 2008 at 9:16 pm

When you watch major media outlets whooping it up over Gov. Palins pregnant daughter while the N.O.I. leader is reveling in another messiah sermon, you know the fix is in. Just check out ACORN voter registration.

samurai on October 14, 2008 at 12:50 am

[A white man’s racial prejudices are generated and reinforced by the way the black people act.
Thank you.
John Robert Mallernee]
If white people are this hateful and stupid, maybe Rev. Wright was right to say,”God damn America!”
And Deb, your attacks on the Black community for antisemitism only makes you look like the racist.

Norman Blitzer on October 14, 2008 at 1:10 am

The problem with the “civil rights” movement is that it was poisoned by marxists from the very beginning.

NotRicharditsDICK on October 14, 2008 at 6:53 am

Blitzer–Does this mean that when anyone says anything negative about any Black person for any reason, it is always racist?
To deny wholesale Black antisemitism is to be deaf, dumb, and blind. (and PC–but that’s the same thing)
SOME of Black antisemitism dates back to Jewish ghetto store owners ripping them off, but at best that is a small factor. Blacks perceive Jews to be successful money-wise, and they’re not, so the resentment grows.
Like most bigotry, it does not make any logical sense.

Red Ryder on October 14, 2008 at 11:32 am

[Blitzer–Does this mean that when anyone says anything negative about any Black person for any reason, it is always racist?]
These charges of antisemitism aren’t just directed at “any Black person”, they’re directed at all Black people. That is racist. It’s like saying all men hate women.
[To deny wholesale Black antisemitism is to be deaf, dumb, and blind.]
Or wholesale White racism or sexism, right?

Norman Blitzer on October 14, 2008 at 12:42 pm

Atlanta – also the scene of the Leo Frank trial in 1913 when an innocent Jewish factory manager was falsely accused of a murder (committed by a black man named Jim Connelly) and was sentenced to be hanged. Governor John M. Slaton commuted the sentence to life in prison and in August 1915 Frank was taken from his jail by vigilantes and driven to Marietta Georgia and hanged from a tree. To deny Black crime and violence in urban areas the past 60 years is to be willfully blind. When I went to Junior High School in Brooklyn NY (Al Sharpton was a classmate of mine) almost every day me and my friends were shaken down by Blacks and threatened to the point that at lunch time we would congregate together in the school yard for protection – and we had never done any harm to any Black person in our lives! So I thought to myself at the time – who are really the racists?

Ripper on October 14, 2008 at 12:46 pm

Blitzer–
Deny it all you want. The majority of Black people are antisemitic.
Don’t bother trying to conflate this or compare it with anything else, as that is no argument, anyway.
Of course, you will never see a “study” or survey on this because it is not PC to do so, any more than it is PC to hold that the average IQ of Whites is higher than Blacks, and lower than Asians.
In fact, the funny thing about Black antisemitism is that it is so widespread that they are not even ashamed to admit to it, in situations wherein they probably should not. It is so endemic that many of them don’t even know that such positions are frowned on by polite society.
If you are Jewish, deny this fact at your peril.

Red Ryder on October 14, 2008 at 2:00 pm

Ripper,
The Leo Frank case was indeed tragic. But what was the usual “complexion” of most of the folks in the south who were taken from jails and lynched by vigilante mobs?
Has anyone on this site denied Black crime and violence in urban areas? I don’t, because most of the victims of that crime and violence are other Black people. Speaking of Brooklyn, I had a childhood friend who moved to Brooklyn when he was around 12 or 13 years old because of his parent’s divorce. Because he was a newcomer from the south, the local Black kids beat him up and harassed him every day also. But guess what? He too was Black. Coming from a nice, cozy, middle-class Black neighborhood in the South, Brooklyn was a major culture shock to him even though he was of the same race as most everyone in his neighborhood around him. So Brooklyn was just a rough place to grow up back in the day, no matter what your racial background.
Why do you paint the whole world based on your own limited experiences? I’m very sorry to hear you got shaken down by Blacks back in your school days. However, as a Black person growing up in on the other side of the country, I had absolutely nothing to do with that. I however, experienced just the opposite because of court-ordered busing in the South (which never should have happened!)…it was me and other Black kids getting shaken down and threatened when we were bused out to the predominantly White schools. But that was then and this is now. I don’t blame a whole race because of what some young and stupid knuckleheads did to me as a kid. Because I’m no longer a kid. And neither are the ones who harassed me. As a matter of fact, over the years I’ve actually worked and done business with some of those who gave me the most problems. One gentleman who swung at me with a chain and bragged of his Klan membership back during our school days actually helped me get medical assistance for my Parkinson’s-stricken father a few years ago. Now if I had been carrying around some racial grudge or grievance against him because of the b.s. that happened back in school, I would have missed out on a blessing. Besides, at my age, I really couldn’t care less who “the real racists are”. As my father told me years ago, if you’re a grown-ass man and someone is not your boss, your friend, or your woman, then what they think about you is pretty much irrelevant to your day to day activities.

JibberJabber on October 14, 2008 at 2:42 pm

JibberJabber
I mentioned the Frank case because soon it will be 100 years and every time I see Jews and Atlanta in the same story I naturally think of it. What made the Frank case so bizarre was it was the only time a white person was every convicted of a capital crime solely on the word of a Black man – which showed you that the mob and the mob intimidated jury were so interested in stringing up an innocent Northern Jew (Frank came from Brooklyn) that they were willing to bend the ‘normal rules’ and let the guilty Black man off.

Ripper on October 14, 2008 at 3:16 pm

JibberJabber
I am not blaming a whole race based on the actions of some thugs. However I do get my ire up whenever all I hear is white racism and never hear anything about black racism (or as some people claim “minorities can never be racist”). Atrocities like Howard Beach get all the air time but the likelihood of a white person being a victim of a crime going into a neighborhood such as Bushwick, South Ozone Park, or East New York is a lot greater then a Black person walking into Bay Ridge, Park Slope, Kew Gardens, or Forest Hills. If John McCain had a pastor who sounded like a combination of Father Charles Coughlin and David Duke for 20 years, MSNBC, the NY Times, et al would be referring to it constantly and Barack Obama would be pounding on it day after day.

Ripper on October 14, 2008 at 3:24 pm

Red Ryder,
Let me see….you say that the majority of Black people are anti-Semitic. Okay. Since you’re not Black, and you’re said you will never see a study or survey on this, on what do you base your thesis? Is it antidotal evidence? Personal opinion? Unless you personally have taken some kind of statistically-verifiable poll, are you really qualified to state that the MAJORITY of Black people are anti-Semitic? I get a little antsy when folks make statements like that.
So America as a whole hasn’t been anti-Semitic, only Black folks? So it was Black folks who lynched and killed Jews in the early part of the 20th Century America? It was Black folks who denied Jews entry into country clubs and attempted to block their access to economic gain?
Was it was Black folks in Germany who systematically murdered millions of Jews? So it was those bad ol’ Black folks in Russia who forced the Jews out of their homes and land? It was Black-folks in America who formed so-called Christian religious schools and colleges that taught that modern day Jews are from the “synagogues of Satan”?
So was it was Black folks in America who formed Neo-Nazi organizations and formed skinhead groups that spouted racist filth against Jews? So it’s Black folks who are responsible for the thousands of anti-Semitic Websites that populate the World-wide Web?
Maybe this whole Black vs. Jew thing is a Midwest/East Coast thing, because I sure didn?t see it much growing up in the South (we had a few other issues to worry about!). Now, does Anti-Semitism exist in the Black community? Of course it does. Just like it exist in a lot of places in America. Think about it….did poor “Mbutu”, sold into slavery by a rival tribe, come over on the slave-ship here to the Americas hating Jews? Nope. That was taught to him once he reached these shores. And it wasn’t taught to him by other Africans. “Mbutu” saw that his captors had power and he wanted to emulate that. Whatever his “massa” liked, he liked and what and whomever his “massa” hated, he hated, and that included Jews. And unfortunately, too many Black folks followed in his footsteps and imitated what we saw. We ignored the warning of the ancient Jewish text in Proverbs 3:31 wich stated, “Envy not your oppressor and choose none of his ways”.
So Red Ryder, you can warn the Jews about us bad ol’ Jew-hating Black folks all you want but I think you’re mistaken. Black anti-Semitism gets a lot of attention because of the historic alliances there had been between Jews and Blacks (and the fact that most of the same groups that hated Jews hated Blacks). But from what I see from reading history and from some of the current filth on the Web now about Jews, you’re pointing your warnings in the wrong direction….

JibberJabber on October 14, 2008 at 4:18 pm

Ripper,
I have to be honest…your points are well made and are valid and I can sense your frustration. And yes, there is no way a White presidential candidate could have been in contention if he had a pastor who was the equivalent of a Rev. Wright. And you’re right….unfortunately, Black racism does indeed exist. I hear it and see it sometimes and don’t like it at all We’re the last folks who need to be acting with malice toward anybody. I’ve even had to put myself in check over some thoughts I’ve had about the illegal immigrants in our country (especially after my car go broadsided by one who took off and ran after the accident and was never found.)
However, I believe the reason I think White racism gets more attention is because of this nation’s history and our rather ugly and complicated racial past. As a result, I don’t think people view Black racism as a threat to the fiber of this nation in the same way as they do White racism. But as more and more Black folks move into positions of power and authority, all racism does need to be addressed, no matter who or what the source….

JibberJabber on October 14, 2008 at 4:32 pm

JibberJabber
I udnerstand your points but I still subscribe to Martin Luther King’s “content of ones character” ethos. I think there should be one standard for all.

Ripper on October 14, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Jibber–
As I suggested in the post, people would try to argue by conflating unrelated issues (other forms of antisemitism) and asking for survey data which does not exist.
My source is simply life experience. I’m nearly 60 now, and in my various businesses have interacted with thousands of people of all backgrounds.
I have observed hundreds of incidents of shameless and flagrant Black antisemitism at all levels–from professionals to lower-class. Moreover, as I mentioned, Blacks seems to uniquely act this way even when talking in a otherwise friendly manner with people they know to be Jewish.
I have seen this in dozens of industries: from health care to entertainment to public service.
Are Blacks more antisemitic than other groups?: Probably not, but they just seem to be more shameless about it, or don’t even recognize that it is a social faux pas.

Red Ryder on October 14, 2008 at 6:42 pm

Debbie,
blacks as a rule are more racist and anti-semetic than white people. Blacks in general practice racism every day of their lives as they seek to exclude whitey form the clubs and associations. Yet nothing is ever said about this blatant discrimination. beware a black president. if you thought George W. was bad……

Chuck W on October 14, 2008 at 10:32 pm

[Yet nothing is ever said about this blatant discrimination. beware a black president. if you thought George W. was bad……
Posted by: Chuck W]
I have no idea why liberals think all white conservatives are racists.

Norman Blitzer on October 15, 2008 at 12:36 am

[I have no idea why liberals think all white conservatives are racists.
Posted by: Norman Blitzer at October 15, 2008 12:36 AM]
Thank you for your candid self-incrimination.
Next time, think a moment before revealing your empty deck.

Shy Guy on October 15, 2008 at 5:40 am

Jibber–
Here is one example of Black antisemitism, that typifies what I am talking about..
Many years ago, I was meeting with an attorney (Jewish, who looked it), whose office was in a high rise on Wilshire Blvd in LA. I asked him if he was aware that an excellent FM jazz station was located in the building.
He said that he wasn’t, so I offered to take him down there, and introduce him to some of the DJ’s.
As it happened, the DJ there at time was a very successful, hip Black man. He and my attorney started talking about the station, and the DJ noted that while the station was doing well, the owner should really put more money into it–so it could grow even more.
Of course, he said, that was not going to occur since you know how “you people” are with money.
My attorney was a bit surprised by this, but kept the conversation going as if nothing had happened.
I emphasize that the DJ was a polished, well-spoken guy. Clearly, the notion that what he had just said was an insult was not even on the radar.
And, please–spare me the “This is just an isolated incident (or anecdote)” rhetoric. Everything is an isolated incident, but humans tend to learn from experiences, and after this sort of thing occurs hundreds of times, we form what is called “pattern recognition.”
Moreover, I don’t exactly buy into your “Mbutu the slave” explanation. If it were remotely true, Blacks would now show many more cultural attributes of antebellum Southern Whites, and I challenge you to name even a few.

Red Ryder on October 15, 2008 at 8:45 am

Red Ryder,
Hey, you’re older than me, so I’m not in a position nor would it be appropriate for me to argue over your experiences and what you’ve seen in your lifetime regarding Black anti-Semitism. With regards to the incident you mentioned…well…unfortunately, one of the rights Black folks gained in this country is the right to be just as stupid and bigoted as any other racist fool….I just wish we wouldn’t exercise it! However, as a child of the south, I do accept your challenge as far as examples of how the cultural attributes of antebellum Southern Whites were passed on to Blacks. Here are a few things for you to check out. Please research the history and mores of the following organizations:
The Links
Jack and Jill of America
The Boule (Sigma Pi Phi)
Girl Friends
African American Debutante Balls
Then read (or flip through!):
“The Color Complex: The Politics of Skin Color Among African Americans”
“Our Kind of People” by Lawrence Otis Graham
“Black Rednecks and White Liberals” by Thomas Sowell
“Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters First 100 Years” by Sadie and Bessie Delany
Also, research the standards of behavior expected at any Southern Black College late 19th and early 20th century. It’s straight out of the etiquette of the antebellum south.
Red, to make a long story short, the standards and patterns of behavior in many of the southern Black households during the early part of the late 19th and early 20th Century were based on the behaviors the former slaves saw in the homes of their former owners, antebellum Southern Whites. As an antidotal example, my great grandmother was born on the same plantation where her parents had been slaves. Her parents raised her with a lot of the same behavioral attributes that they had seen modeled by their masters. In turn, once my great grandmother became a maid, she modeled much of the same behavior and rules of decorum that she saw among her employers, and she raised my grandmother and my mother with those attributes. Even today, many of the things I do, foods I eat, and even the way I’ve been taught to behave in certain situations can be traced back to that southern plantation where my great grandmother was born and also the things she learned while working as a maid.
As far as my pretty weak “Mbutu” example, my point was this. Most behaviors you see from many African Americans today, both positive and negative, were learned. Black folks didn’t just come to America or pop out the womb hating Jews. That kind of behavior had to be taught and reinforced by the surrounding society. Let me give you another example. So many young Black folks today love to talk about being “gangstas” and emulate the gangsta lifestyle of criminality and thuggishness. But that didn’t just happen…that was learned. America has always worshipped gangsters and the gangster lifestyle. People like Al Capone, John Dillinger, and Lucky Luciano were revered by quite a few people and practically worshipped in the media. Since the 1930’s, gangster movies always drew big crowds. The Godfather film series was one of the most successful in history. Americans (including me) love their gangster stories, so this country has always had a love/hate relationship with guns and gangsters. Unfortunately, many Black kids from lower and working-class families picked up on this and have taken it to the extreme. I am in no way justifying or excusing their behavior…I’m just saying it doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Neither does anti-Semitism.

JibberJabber on October 15, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Blitzed – “I had no idea why liberals think all White Conservatives are racist”
Because they never take the time to examine the facts of anything that might prove 1)they’re wrong,and 2)Blacks being racist.
This has been the story of liberal pathology for at least the last 40 years.

OldSchoolW on October 15, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Jibber–
Good points.
Perhaps our biggest difference is that you as a Black man feel that it is your duty to defend to explain away certain stereotypical behaviors–or saying that these things do not happen in a vacuum.
You’re right. They don’t.
However, they do not reflect on you since you’re an individual, obviously possessed of some intelligence.
We don’t really need more identity politics in this country–there is far too much already.
In my case, I’ve always been a contrarian–even a loner, and I suspect that you may be one also, but you’re still a bit trammeled by group think.
No need to defend your “brothers.” You’re your own man.

Red Ryder on October 15, 2008 at 12:49 pm

Just wait until Hussein tries to throw Israel under the bus and Pro Israel groups start to protest.
In reaction to the protests by the Pro-Israel groups Synagogues will be bombed, but instead of being done by white racists it will be done by black racists.

I_am_me on October 15, 2008 at 8:54 pm

I really feel that this article really shows Debbie to be a racist sorry to say. THis would be like saying that Abe Foxman represents the Jewish people. Or that Betty Friedman represents women. You could make the same argument that it was Jews who brought women’s rights yet most feminist are vicious antisemites. The reality is because most of these people had other agenda’s including being threatened by other white males who are more intelligent then them and furthermore, they excuse bad behavior that hurt the decent in that group. The same thing could likely also be said about homosexuals. THe only group that the Jews have helped that has strong antisemitic feelings. Them and Muslims. Debbie what are you smoking???
The problem was/is that for the most part these people excuse violence by blacks (as happened in the 60’s) because they are VICTIMS and just acting out because of oppression. WHat this does is this hurts the law abiding black which of course does LEGIMITATELY ANGER the law abiding black that the criminal isn’t put away and just throwing money or giving big speeches while leting black criminals run wild is NOT REALLY HELPING THEM. Same thing with feminists and homosexuals. Letting them run wild is NOT REALLY HELPING THEM and I’m sorry Debbie just throwing money or giving a group special privlages or working with people who clearly had problems as some of these Jewish people had to know that some of these individuals in the civil rights movement were criminals and they did work with some radical groups which deep down shows contempt for the group if they hold the group to such LOW STANDARDS.

adam6275 on October 16, 2008 at 1:04 am

Thanks Debbie for this article.
Lets applaud those African American – and other- individuals who do not lower themselves to anti-Semitism! Lets hear & see more about them!
But what a crazy mish-mash of nonsense comments here. Of course there is black anti-Semitism! Any denial of this obvious fact is just more anti-Semitism! There is also plenty of white and, of course, Muslim anti-Semitism.
Today, anti-Semitism is politically correct ala the left. It is politiclaly correct to tip toe around African-American sensitivities. But you will be “shut up” if you express concern about the well-being of Israelis and Jews. Where I work and live, non-Jews (White & Black) often openly insult Jews – e.g. saying Jews are all rich & greedy (class warfair is an Obama tactic!).
Could a world leader welcomed in the USA dare to suggest that America’s history of slavery is untrue and a fabrication made by American Blacks! That would be scandalous, ridiculous and racist. But Obama may very well be having tea & crumpets (and maybe in the White House) with one who says this very thing about the WWII Holocaust of the Jews!
Are Jews & Israel any safer today than Jews were in pre-WWII Europe??

crazycatkids on October 16, 2008 at 8:10 am

I also should add that there is a gender disparity in the voting of Jewish men and Jewish women and it exist in the so called “Orthodox” I belive as well because they refuse to give you the gender breakdown (although Democrat groups do and it shows that more YOUNG MEN are becoming republican but not as many women at least in the past) and the Orthodox silence on the gender breakdown leaves me to believe there is a significant gender gap as Orthodoxy always blame the rank and file men for everything even when they are the LEAST to blame on a certain issue.

adam6275 on October 16, 2008 at 8:37 am

I don’t think for a second that blacks don’t appreciate the sacrifices that Jews have made for this country and for African American rights. Black american has many levels in their society based on education, income, and overall class. Sadly, the people who dont speak for most black america have the most coverage and often mis-inform the black community. They will try to convince the ignorant that Jews are responsible for their poverty, or woes in their society and are the driving force to their failures in acheiving the American Dream. Truth, this is american, so you still have to blame your self after you try to blame everyone else. I don’t think blacks owe the Jewish community anything for doing the right thing 75 years ago, except for the recognition that Jews have and will suffered social injustices all over the world and stood with blacks during a time that cost someone their life. Blacks should stand with Jews dispite economical differences, because at the end of day, they both face evils that wish for their demise.

Calisurfer on October 17, 2008 at 2:32 pm

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