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Shaun King @ShaunKing
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Something genuinely strange has happened.

Woke up today to emails and tweets saying I am anti-Semitic.

Which is weird, because I've been publicly & privately fighting against this bigotry for years.

Here's the argument...
In February, when I did not forcefully denounce a friend, who did not forcefully denounce Louis Farrakhan, for him being anti-Semitic - that now means, through 6 degrees of Farrakhan separation, that I too am responsible for his words.

Frankly, this is bullshit.
I reject every single anti-Semitic word, phrase, thought, dream, notion, or consideration from every single human being, including Louis Farrakhan, that has ever had such a thought.

I loathe anti-Semitism.

I hunt neo-Nazis as a hobby.

Hoped my actions & heart were clear.
What's particularly weird about this new attack, calling me anti-Semitic, is that it is not based on anything new, but based on something that had already been settled months ago.

The only thing new is that I am strong speaking out for the human rights of Palestinians & for BDS.
Sadly, it appears that standing up for the human rights and dignity of Palestinians, particularly after 60 men, women, and children were slaughtered by Israeli snipers this month, which was universally denounced by human rights groups worldwide, makes me an easy target.
Here's the deal.

I'm going to keep standing up for the human rights of Palestinians.

And I'm going to keep hunting down and exposing Neo-Nazis.

And you can love me or hate me - that's your choice - but I will let my actions speak for themselves every single day.
I have never met Louis Farrakhan.

I am not responsible for anything he says or does.

I am also not responsible for other people who may respect or admire him.

If that issue is critical for you, and that's your business, you will have to take that up with them.
I fundamentally reject the notion that fighting for the human rights and dignity of Palestinians makes anyone anti-Semitic.

If you believe that, it's no different than people thinking those who hate police brutality hate white people.
If standing up for the basic human rights of Palestinians makes me Anti-Semitic, I translate that to mean that you believe a fundamental aspect of being Jewish is the degradation of Palestinians.
Someone said, "Shaun - you can't tell us what is or is not anti-Semitic."

OK.

Defining your oppression for yourself is your privilege.

But if me not rejecting a person who did not reject a person who you say is anti-Semitic makes me anti-Semitic, then we do have a problem.
Again - I will keep fighting against all bigotry of all kinds.

I don't do it for the love or any accolades - Lord knows it puts me and my whole family in danger every day - I do it because it's the right thing to do and it must be done.

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