Racism

Only Thing 'Rigged' Is Crybaby's Excuses

Donald Trump's complaints about a rigged election is just a crybaby looking for an excuse to use when he loses the election.

Like so much of his ranting it is based on a lie told over and over, louder and louder, as if that made it so.

Hands Up, Don't Shoot

Editor's Note: If you are following the disturbing story of the shooting of an unarmed therapist trying to help his autistic client by a Miami police officer, there has been an update over the weekend in which the officer has confessed that the bullet was actually intended for the man with autism sitting in the road with his toy truck.

I woke up one recent July morning, and I wept. As per my usual habit, I checked the news shortly after getting up. The first story I landed on was about a Miami police officer shooting the caretaker of a young autistic man who had wandered away from his center, and whom the caretaker had gone after to bring back. There’s no mystery here about the circumstances of the shooting, no reason to parse the police version of the story vs. the victim’s story. There’s just this:  a black man lying on his back, his empty hands up behind his head, and his autistic charge sitting nearby, playing with his toy truck. If you don’t believe me, here it is: 

I was completely rattled by this story.

Therapist Charles Kinsey was shot by a North Miami police officer. Courtesy of NBC

In Humor Veritas

Humorist Andy Borowtz didn't mention The Donald by name but it's clear who he had in mind in his New Yorker blog today:

Array Of Major Jewish Groups Urge Solidarity Shabbat With African Americans

06/23/2015 - 20:00

Washington — An array of Jewish groups representing every major religious stream has declared this coming Shabbat one of solidarity with the African American community in the wake of the Charleston, S.C. mass killing.

Still More Bridges To Cross

Jews come to Selma ‘not to celebrate, but to be committed’ to justice.

03/10/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Some rode all night on a charter bus from Greensboro, N.C. — eight hours through the heart of the Deep South to reach Selma. Some flew to Birmingham, and then made the two-hour bus ride to the aging synagogue a few blocks from the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Thousands marched over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma Saturday to commemorate Bloody Sunday a half-century ago.

Still Dreaming

At an MLK Day march, a father, a daughter and the complexities of the current debate on race and injustice.

01/26/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

What are they saying, Tati?” my daughter asks me.

Ravi is 2 and we are at her first rally.

Marchers head down Lexington Avenue on Martin Luther King Day. Courtesy of Avram Mlotek

Druze Student Beaten In Jerusalem

01/25/2015 - 19:00

Tel Aviv — A Druze student in Jerusalem was beaten with glass bottles by a gang.

King And Heschel: Moral Grandeur And Spiritual Audacity

01/13/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

On June 16, 1963, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel sent a telegram to President John F. Kennedy accepting an invitation to attend a meeting of religious leaders to discuss the growing racial tensions in the country. It read in part:

The author, right, with Mickey Shur (now Rabbi Moshe Shur), center, and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Ethiopian Doctor Here Breaking Barriers

Mount Sinai cardiology intern hopes to practice in Israel’s ‘peripheries,’ to help those with impoverished backgrounds.

09/23/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Wearing a white coat, name badge and stethoscope, Dr. Rachel Nega strides through the halls of Manhattan’s Mount Sinai Hospital. To patients and visitors, she looks like any other doctor on duty — slightly preoccupied, with a deliberate air to her step. Yet her dark skin and almond eyes hint at her unique background. 

In her work as a doctor, Rachel Nega says she hopes to bridge some of "the huge gaps between different communities" in Israel.

Sterling banned for life from Clippers, NBA for racist remarks

04/29/2014 - 20:00

Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, was banned for life by the NBA and fined $2.5 million for making racist comments.

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