What's On Our Mind ...
Xenophobia, Antisemitism, and Guns
The attack on the Asian community in Atlanta was a direct attack on all of us. JAC and the entire Jewish community stand with any individual or group that is targeted for their religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. We each have a moral responsibility to fight against hate, xenophobia, and violence.
On Monday, March 22, JAC will have a zoom call with Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), who was recently named as one of the co-chairs of the House Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism. He is calling for an independent FBI investigation into the spa killings in Georgia on Tuesday after a sheriff’s office spokesman, who is helping to investigate the recent massage parlor slayings, promoted a T-shirt with racist language about China and the coronavirus last year. He has since been removed as office spokesman.
The dramatic increase in hate crimes can be directly linked to the past four years and Donald Trump’s continued use of antisemitic tropes and ethnic slurs. He continually referred to COVID as the Kung Flu. He could not resist one last racist remark as he left office. He again called the deadly disease the “China virus” during his last speech as President just before boarding Marine One to leave Washington, DC.