Dear Editor, 

Being Jewish and interested in social justice,  I supported the Black  Lives Matter organization  when it was established. My enthusiasm waned  for that organization during the 2015 riots because of the hate, violence and anti Semitism  posted on social networking sites, although I remain committed to  racial equality. I also discovered that the roots of the organization are Marxist and their 2016 platform included a bigoted slur  against Israel—that it commits  genocide against Palestinians.

The  hate, violence and anti-Semitism has resurfaced in 2020, this time more intense and in more cities. In case you are not aware, in the last 2 weeks protestors have burned and vandalized  many churches and their statutes in 12 states; crime has increased dramatically; protestors in NYC attacked police with baseball bats; the convicted terrorist Susan  Rosenberg was revealed as being on the board and in charge of fundraising for the BLM Global Network's fundraising nonprofit, 1000 Currents; Bari Weiss, NYT opinion writer and author of "How to Fight anti Semitism" resigned  claiming censorship, bullying and illiberalism in her work place; and Nick Cannon the host of  FOX's "The  Masked Singer" advanced anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on his Viacom/CBS podcast. And where  is the outrage over recent anti-Semitic tweets and posts by sports celebrities and Hollywood?

Weeks before, feelings  of sadness overcame me after watching on TV the cutting off the head of a Christopher Columbus statue and the  chopping to bits of a Confederate General's statue. I would have felt differently, if there would have been a debate on the subject and a vote on the removal of these statutes.

It was even sadder  to view the vandalization of statutes of Abraham Lincoln, General Ulysses Grant, abolitionists Hans Christian Heg and Matthias  Baldwin, the unknown Black soldier and police officers who died in the line of duty. State Senator Tim Carpenter,  D-Wis., a longtime supporter of the far left, was  attacked by 9 BLM supporters at the state capitol in  Madison. What insanity! Criminal behavior does not  advance the cause of racial equality.

The attacks on property and persons reminded me of other excessive violent cultural revolutions—Robespierre's France, Hitler's Germany, Stalin's USSR, Mao's China and Pol Pot's Cambodia. History reveals in every case of violent revolutions and revolutionaries, they eat up their supporters.

US history contains good and bad events, but it is our history. Despite our nation's warts, almost everyone in the world wants to move here. In America we learn from our mistakes, then we move on. The barrier to stopping the violence is that local  elected officials care more about appeasing the mob and winning elections than in violence and the victims of violence.

Ask yourself:

Do you want only one political party in control?

Do you want others to  deny  you freedom of speech; to determine what books you can read; what  movies and TV you can see; what music you can hear and what plays you can attend?

Do you want to lose the freedom of religion?

Do you want others to control your career choice?

Do you want you and your family  to feel unsafe?

If your answer is no to these questions  then speak up to your local/state/federal elected officials and to rabbis and to Jewish leaders and to whomever  and say yes, I am for racial equality yet we must stop the violence and the erosion of our freedoms.

At the same time you do that, keep in mind to do mitzvahs of human kindness such as working towards racial equality and educating, enlightening and teaching others not to hate.


Bob Schneider


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