An Injury to One is an Injury to All

In the wake of the horrific shooting at the Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh affiliate of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice released a letter to President Trump notifying him that he is not welcome in Pittsburgh until he renounces white nationalism.

This is excellent.

The letter states, “Our Jewish community is not the only group you have targeted. You have also deliberately undermined the safety of people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. Yesterday’s massacre is not the first act of terror you incited against a minority group in our country.” They thus include every population that has a history of discrimination in the United States in their statement.

This is a model of civil rights advocacy and activism. This is what unity looks like. Civil rights activists should speak in unison where possible and should go to great lengths to support one another. As the old saying goes, an injury to one is an injury to all. As a practical matter, add up all the groups on their list and you approach a majority of the population. Throw in the civilized citizens who are members of none of those groups, and you clearly have the majority.

It is also a good idea to single out President Trump for specific chastisement. The shooter complained, among other things, about specifically Jewish efforts to help the migrant caravan in Central America of people who are allegedly trying to reach the United States, which Trump has used to try to scare his base in the approach to the election.

As with the recent spate of suspicious packages addressed to prominent Democrats and other critics of the president, Trump and the U.S. “conservatives,” those who cooperate with him, and those who tried to stop him but failed miserably, bear responsibility for acts of violence.

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Uppity gay, Buddhist, author, historian.

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