It’s not only incorrect, but will harm Jewish and Black Americans in the long run
There is a popular narrative that “systemic” racism lies behind every police interaction with Black civilians in America. It’s wrong, and its impact is not only bad for Black communities—it is also very bad for American Jews. Unfortunately, it is a message that Jews nationwide are rallying behind, and has negatively affected how people think about race in academia, business, international relations, and beyond—making it more acceptable to discriminate against and assault Jews, who may eventually find fewer police officers around to protect them.
Videos and accounts of police violence and police misconduct are deeply disturbing, and there is no question that personal and cultural biases affect a number of officers within the ranks of our police departments. But we do a disservice to the goal of greater justice to attribute all police uses of force, all police abuses of power, or even all police incompetence to racism.
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