Black Hebrew Israelis are a real problem for the left – HotAir

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I think the first time I really wrote about the Black Hebrew Israelites was in 2019 when the Covington Catholic fiasco turned out to be instigated by a group of BHI preachers who were basically there to start a fight with a group of Native Americans, but were injured. I started one with Catholic high school kids because they were there.

A centuries-long battle raged as the Black Hebrew Israelites faced off against Native Americans. But when a local woman talks about the importance of peace, the preacher finally finds a unifying theme stronger than anything to be found in Proverbs, Isaiah, or Ecclesiastes.

He says no food stamps will be given to reservations or projects because it’s closed, and then points to his left and says, “That’s because of these…scumbags, wearing ‘Make America Great Again’ hats over there.” .”…

“Why aren’t you angry with them?” the black Hebrew Israelite angrily asks the Native American woman.

“That’s right,” says one of his colleagues, “little corny Billy Bob.”

“You filthy little crackers. Your day is coming. Your day is coming… ‘Cause your little dusty asses wouldn’t walk down the street in a black neighborhood and run over nobody and play like that,’ he calls after them, but they don’t pay any attention. “Yes, because I’m going to stick my foot in your little ass.”

About a year later, in December 2019, anti-Semitic incidents occurred in New York and New Jersey. Mayor de Blasio’s claim that the incidents are linked to a “climate of hate” emanating from Washington, a not-so-subtle reference to Trump. “White supremacy is killing,” Rep. Rashida Tlaib tweeted about the shooting in Jersey City that left six dead. Only one of the shooters turned out to be associated with black Hebrew Israelites.

A gunman involved in a prolonged shooting in Jersey City, N.J., that left six people dead, including a police officer, was reported Wednesday as having ties to the Black Hebrew Israelite movement and posting anti-Semitic posts online.

Tuesday’s violent attack took place at a mostly kosher supermarket, where three bystanders were killed. Authorities now believe the store was specifically targeted by the attackers, whom they have identified as David N. Anderson, 47, and Francine Graham, 50.

A law enforcement official said Mr. Anderson had ties to the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, although the extent of his involvement with that group was not yet clear.

Today, Professor Michael Eric Dyson attempts a similar rhetorical trick, declaring Kanye West’s anti-Semitic statements and Kyrie Irving’s promotional video as part of the “toxic strains of white supremacy.”

Until we see anti-Semitism as a toxic form of white supremacy that threatens black safety and the future of democracy, none of us are truly safe…

Although Irving did not directly express anti-Semitic sentiments, he supported a film that did. The player shared an uncommented link to Hebrews to Negroes: Awakening Black America, a film rife with anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, including that many famous Jews were Satan worshipers and that the Holocaust was a hoax…

The film he published about Irving refers to a Black religious organization called the Black Hebrew Israelites, a movement that dates back to the late 1800s and preaches that Black people are descended from the ancient Israelites. When Irving said at a press conference, “I can’t be anti-Semitic if I know where I come from,” he ignored it, just as blacks can be anti-blacks. Jews can be anti-Semitic…

African American attitudes toward Jews are inseparable from the pervasive glamor, glamor, and privilege of whiteness. The fact that most Jews conform to whites and African Americans are white creates tension between African Americans and many Jews that has less to do with cultural conflicts between groups than with the meaning of Blackness and whiteness in America.

He concludes his argument by arguing that both Jews and blacks should consider that whites hate both. That’s certainly true, but it doesn’t apply to comments from Kanye, Kyrie, or the Black Hebrew Israelites either. Those individuals and groups have their own issues of racial bigotry, which, as noted above, often leads to insults against other groups, including Jews, whites, and Native Americans. Brushing it off as some kind of second-hand racism caused by white racism doesn’t really grapple with the problem as it exists. It’s just a fancy (and not very convincing) way to pass the buck.

If you watch some of the video from BHI’s Kyrie Irving rally in NYC yesterday, it’s fair to say there was real trouble.

As you can see in this clip, there are many of these people (I counted at least 150) who are chanting that they are “real Jews”.

The thing is, if you had a right-wing group spouting this kind of anti-Semitic ideology about Jews in Brooklyn, it would be on the front page of the NY Times tomorrow. Instead, all we got from the Times was this lame piece by Professor Dyson claiming that white supremacy is the real problem.

Here’s a simpler explanation. Any group can be vile and racist towards another. Black Hebrew Israelis should not allow their antisemitism because they are black.