When I started writing for Medium, I was determined to carefully avoid “going political” in my blogs, and for the most part, I have succeeded. I firmly believe that there is nothing more polarizing, more divisive than politics, especially under the current, horrible administration. But there are times when issues some consider political transcend mere politics. These are the times that I cannot remain silent. So, I would say the following blog is more about basic morals than it is about politics, as much as some readers might make it out to be.
The reasons that I can no longer remain silent are that I am a Jew and that I am a mother. As a Jew, the Torah and the ethics of my people command me to stand up for the oppressed, and to treat even the stranger as “one of us. For you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”
Elie Wiesel wrote, “I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality help the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
As a mother, I understand how each of us worries about our children. With the everyday worries about our kid’s schoolwork, health, and everyday safety, no mother should have the additional worry about someone taking their child’s life simply because of the color of their skin.
Black lives matter. And the snap-back response of “All lives matter,” is very insulting — a response that is intended to sidestep the issue of racism that needs to be addressed. Why can’t we respond in this way? The best analogy I’ve read explains it very clearly: Say you fall off the ladder and break your arm. You go to the doctor, who prods and checks your torso and your legs. You say, “Doctor, please, my arm is broken.” The doctor looks at you with reproach. “Your whole body is important,” the doctor tells you. “Yes,” you reply, “my whole body is important, but it’s my arm that is broken right now. My arm matters.” Of course, we strive for a society where we all believe that all lives matter, but right now, black lives matter because this is issue our society’s broken arm.
I stand with African-American people — black people, because there seems to be open season to attack them, backed by inflammatory words from the highest office in the land. I speak up to…