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This horrible article made me think a few things.

The first was “HOLY FUCK WHY DID I READ THIS THIS IS...BAD.”

The second was about the notion of allyship, Jews, and the Civil Rights Movement.
jewishjournal.com/columnist/2925… (1/)
So, the Civil Rights Movement in the US was a movement by and for Black people.
Black people that were tired of sitting at the back of the bus and being lynched and being funneled into subpar segregated schools organized to help themselves. That’s the movement at its core. (2/)
The role of white Jews (Heschel comes to mind) in the movement was that of an ally. Amplifying the work of the Black activists and pushing for their work to succeed was their role. (3/)
I try my best to be an ally to women. Obviously, I fuck up often, but I genuinely want to help women in the fight for liberation from patriarchy.
I don’t want to be thanked or celebrated, I think it’s just a part of being a decent human being. (4/)
As a Jew, I love Heschel. I think he was a great model of social action informed by Torah and by his Judaism and he’s someone I want to emulate in that. And if my Jewish community was more like Heschel, the world would be an infinitely better place. (5/)
I’ve been part of many conversations in Jewish spaces discussing how we can push our communities to be more like these people who acted on their values in such great ways.
I love those. They’re vital, and that’s how we keep the heart and soul of Judaism in our communities. (6/)
ack, I linked the wrong article.
Meant to link jewishjournal.com/columnist/2925…
That’s not what this article is doing. This article is telling Black leaders, essentially, that they’re endebted to these allies, and that they should be thanking them. And yes, every movement relies on allies.
again, wrong article above- link is jewishjournal.com/columnist/2925…
But to think that Black people should constantly be pausing and saying “let’s thank our allies in this movement” instead of focusing on the Black leaders of this movement or doing the work towards liberation the CRM didn’t finish, is self-aggrandizing and wrong. (8/)
Yes, Jews helped in the Civil Rights Movement. But the crux of what helped the movement get its wins was the tireless work of Black activists. This article demands of Black leaders to “ step forward to discuss the Jewish activists who helped to create the..movement.” (9/)
You don’t act as an ally to a marginalized group because you want a thank you.
Stop acting like you need or deserve one.
And stop acting like you can coast on the legacy of your ancestors when you haven’t truly been an ally for decades.(10/)
also fucking stop talking about MLK’s Zionism and using it to justify right-wing Israel politics.
He believed Israel should exist...not that there should be a brutally violent occupation of another people (11/)
Just please, on this #MLKDay think about what it means to be an ally and how you can do it better. (12/12)
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