What will make this latest round of protests different than Ferguson 2014, LA 1992, Miami 1980, or Watts 1965 – or for that matter Harper’s Ferry 1859 or Haiti 1791?
In the aftermath of the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, maybe a door has opened, finally, to serious work on anti-racism.
Even if that door is open just a crack, we cannot walk by and let it close. We cannot let it close because we know what happens when we ignore the oppression of others; when officers of the state accept and enforce immoral orders and to harm people; when national leaders mock the right to assemble and protest while cynically using the symbols of religion to declare “this is a great country;” and when we know this IS a great country, one that has benefitted the Jewish people like no other, including the benefits we earned through our status as white.
The door is open, even if it is just a crack, and we will jam our toe in that door and begin the long and hard work of anti-racism. Protest opens the door a little, but protests must be a prelude. NVHC has always been about what comes next.