When the Washington Football Team, then known by a pejorative to Native Americans, posted a black square on social media last summer in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted the publicity stunt and challenged the organization. If it wanted to be genuine in its commitment to racial justice, it had to do more.
The recent vote by the Dearborn City Council to remove former mayor Orville Hubbard’s name from a city ballroom is hardly any different: it is just another woefully insufficient, politically convenient, performative step for racial justice.
Just as the Washington Football Team needed to…
I can’t go back
Where I came from was
Burned off the map
I’m a Jew
Anywhere is someone else’s land
— Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz
Unlike the European Christian settlers who sought to ban us from these shores when we first arrived as refugees, the indigenous community, having been all too familiar with the violence that forced us to flee, understood our effort to seek sanctuary here with compassion.
While Pittsburgh and Poway remind us this is no goldene medine, or golden land, it is not our hosts who are the ones reaching for rifles to shoot us in our shuls…
Marshall Curry’s A Night at the Garden’s provocative archival footage of a Nazi rally that packed Madison Square Garden 80 years ago earned Curry a ticket to the Oscars earlier this year because of the film’s uncanny relevance to our times.
When Curry first learned about the 1939 German American Bund rally, the subject of his short documentary, he could barely believe the event had happened. “I thought it was very surreal and frightening,” Curry told the New York Times.
While white liberals in the age of Trump have been pushed to examine new depths of this country’s history with…
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