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Does Reciprocity Towards Jews Exist?



It’s about time that we start calling out African American leaders and their constituents for   their lack of reciprocity towards the Jewish community which has been in the forefront, fighting for their civil rights and equality for years. Most of us are tired of waiting and watching for some actions to indicate that blacks appreciate the sacrifices that we have made, actually leading the fight for their causes and never getting any meaningful support for our own. Isn’t it strange as well, that Jews with a little over 6 million in population have been non-stop in coming to the aid of blacks who number over 40 million? We have to come to our senses and finally realize we’ve been taken for granted and for fools.


Jack Greenberg was a founding member of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and argued the Brown vs. Board of education case in 1954. Jews supported the Urban League and the NAACP from their very beginnings. Louis Isaac Jaffe, Julius Rosenwald, Edith Stern, Rabbi Ira Sanders and Columbia Prof. Joel Spingarn were leaders who gave their guidance and financial support during the early dangerous years of the civil rights movement.  Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman sacrificed their lives in 1964 marching with the Rev. Martin Luther King Civil Rights campaign. Where and when has there ever been any showing of black give-back in terms of support for the Jews imperiled in Soviet Russia, for Israel or for the Jewish college community today, who are at the mercy of such groups as the Students for Justice in Palestine and their brothers in hate, Black Lives Matter?


Where were the outraged black voices when videos and transcripts of Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s words of hate against Israel and Jews were outed? Throw other low life like Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson into the barrel of those who used Jews for their own purpose and eventually turned against them. Were the photos kept under wraps for years by the Black Congressional Caucus and recently unveiled of a smiling Barack Obama standing next to Louis Farrakhan a bit troubling to the Jewish community who voted 70% + for Obama in both of his wins?


So where were our Jewish leaders during these years of black indifference to Jewish causes and needs? Where are they now? Why do they turn the other cheek and close their eyes to the obvious growing animosity of blacks toward our people? When will they speak out and tell our community and elected officials that it’s time to put all of our energies, financial and political clout to fight for our own very existence which is now threatened in our own country? To sit back and continue to play the game that it’s our responsibility to continue to aid those who not only show no appreciation but rather ratchet up the animosity and disdain for our community is sheer stupidity. Let’s finally dump this foolish suicidal “Tikkun Olam” attitude.



  1. Edward Hochman

    04/23/2018 at 11:56 am

    GOD BLESS the Jewish Voice for standing up in the face of political correctness, and speaking the unvarnished, harsh, undeniable truth. If the Jewish Voice had unlimited pages, but it could go on and on enlisting examples of black indifference, if not outright hostility, towards Jewish causes.

    I now am in my 60s, and I well recall that when Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman were murdered in Mississippi during the 1960s civil rights movement, a black minister in my hometown in New Jersey tried to console his congregants by noting that Schwerner and Goodman were “only Jews.” Meanwhile, today there is no more anti-Jewish organization in Washington than the Congressional Black Caucus, including such “illustrious” members as Sheila Jackson Lee and Maxine Waters, the latter of which was quite vocal in supporting the claims in the 1980s that Jewish doctors were injecting black babies with AIDS.

    Let us not ignore the self-hating part which Jews play in this farce. Sadly, there is a sickness in the liberal Jewish psyche which, like a beaten dog returning to its abusive master, believes that Jews must embrace their worst enemies in order to prove how open-minded and tolerant they are. Who can forget that a week after Jesse Jackson made his “Hymie-town” remark, nearly 20% of the Jews cast their ballots for him in a Democratic presidential primary.

    Of all the “isms” which have a afflicted mankind — communism, fascism, anarchism, totalitarianism, Nazi-ism, etc. — few have been as pathetic and self-destructive as guilt-ridden Jewish liberalism, to include trying to ignore the level of hostility in the black community towards Jews.

    While your editorial likely will have little effect on the attitudes of black leaders, hopefully it will convince some knee-jerk liberal Jews to take a good look in the mirror into re-evaluate who their friends are (e.g. evangelicals like Pastor Hagee, and his group, Christians United For Israel) and who are not (e.g. the Black Political Caucus).

    Edward Hochman
    New York City

  2. [email protected]

    04/23/2018 at 1:57 pm

    Expecting common decency, grace, gratitude and respect from Black leaders is not a sign of bias and bigotry, it is the opposite. Why is it bigotry to hold everyone to the same standard of moral behavior? To do otherwise is to engage in Patrick Moynihan’s “soft bigotry of low expectations. Black people should be judged by the leaders they follow, and “leaders like Sharpto, Jackson, Ellison, et al are at the bottom of the barrel. The flip side is that too many Jewish “leaders” are scraped from the same sludge. People like “rabbi” Rick Jacobs, Jonathan Greenblatt, et al, should be thrown back into the sewer with Sharpton and Jackson.

  3. mrleexSlave

    04/23/2018 at 6:01 pm


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