NYC pol on knockout attacks: Blame the Jews

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Because anger at your own difficulties and resentment of another’s success totally justifies punching people in the face:

Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo, who was elected to represent Crown Heights starting in January, released an open letter Tuesday saying that many of her black constituents told her they feel threatened by the growth of the neighborhood’s Jewish community — and she fears the tension could be spiking the recent violence.

“Many African American/Caribbean residents expressed a genuine concern that as the Jewish community continues to grow, they would be pushed out by their Jewish landlords or by Jewish families looking to purchase homes,” Cumbo wrote in the 1,200-word letter, which was emailed to supporters and posted on her Facebook page.

“I respect and appreciate the Jewish community’s family values and unity that has led to strong political, economic and cultural gains. While I personally regard this level of tenacity, I also recognize that for others, the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success.”

She added that these sentiments among black Crown Heights residents “offer possible insight as to how young African American/Caribbean teens could conceivably commit a ‘hate crime’ against a community that they know very little about.”

Cumbo posted her letter a week after she was quoted making similar remarks to The Jewish Week.

Translation: Instead of working to better themselves and be successful in their own right, these misguided youths are embracing antisemitism and acting like a junior Sturmabteilung prepping for another Kristallnacht. Don’t forget that this area was the site of the infamous (and fatal) Crown Heights Riots, egged on by MSNBC host and noted demagogue Al Sharpton. They’re sitting on a potential powder keg there, and what’s needed is straight talk about bigotry and the punishment of the attackers.

But, instead of condemning the attitudes as well as the attacks, Ms. Cumbo mouths pieties about “no excuse for violence” while giving justification to antisemitism by claiming to understand their feelings.

Pardon me while I roll my eyes.

Evan Bernstein of the Anti-Defamation League gets it right:

“As an organization that has worked for more than 20 years to improve Black-Jewish relations in the aftermath of the Crown Heights riots, we are troubled by the incoming councilwoman’s sentiments, particularly her comment about resentment over Jewish economic success, which evokes classic anti-Semitic stereotypes,” New York Regional Director Evan Bernstein wrote in a statement.

“Still, it seems from her letter that she means well and we would be open to meeting with her and others in the community to continue the dialogue.”

She may mean well, but well-intentioned fools can do a lot of damage. Let’s hope Councilwoman-elect Cumbo wises up so she can be of real service to all the residents of her district.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

3 Responses to NYC pol on knockout attacks: Blame the Jews

  1. genomega1 says:

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  2. John Scotus says:

    That seems to be the way the world works. When all else fails, blame the Jews. Even when no Jews are present or involved, some will still say that it is their fault. Tiring.

  3. hawgdawger says:

    Geesh. Perhaps I should go back in time to determine, with exactness, who persecuted my Celtic forefathers. Once that’s accomplished, I’ll do the same thing with regards to my Native American (Sauk, Cherokee, Choctaw) relatives and sue the hell out of them because one of my genes was harmed and/or offended.
    I wonder if a visit from Hermain Cain would help them recognize the necessity of holding themselves accountable and responsible for their bad choices. Uh, probably not.
    For cryin’ out loud, folks. We live in a country with 50 states and a population of 300 million plus citizens. Can’t you find a place to live and work that’s more economically advantageous to you? Or do you simply prefer to sit on your lazy haunches, collect a check, and blame others for your circumstances.
    I have a heart of empathy and compassion for those who are experiencing legitimate challenging circumstances in their lives. But, I have no patience for those who are lazy and just want to blame others for everything.
    I’m a disabled veteran forced into early retirement by injury, surgeries, and illness. Guess what? I still do all the house chores for my wife: laundry, floors, dishes, cooking, etc.
    Here’s a novel concept: get off of your lazy asses and look in the mirror. Consider your employment options outside the microcosm of Crown Heights and leave our Jewish brothers and sisters alone.
    What do Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson do for a living, anyway? Is it a real occupation supported by the NAACP when all you do is traverse the world stirring a load of trouble for everyone except black people?

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