Skip to comments.Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Where Is the Outrage Over Anti-Semitism in Sports and Hollywood?
Posted on 07/15/2020 11:42:18 AM PDT by SJackson
The Hollywood Reporter columnist calls out the hateful outbursts against Jews by Ice Cube, DeSean Jackson and others and explains how the muted response "perpetuates racism" and contributes to an overall "Apatholypse." Recent incidents of anti-Semitic tweets and posts from sports and entertainment celebrities are a very troubling omen for the future of the Black Lives Matter movement, but so too is the shocking lack of massive indignation. Given the New Woke-fulness in Hollywood and the sports world, we expected more passionate public outrage. What we got was a shrug of meh-rage.
When reading the dark squishy entrails of popular culture, meh-rage in the face of sustained prejudice is an indisputable sign of the coming Apatholypse: apathy to all forms of social justice. After all, if its OK to discriminate against one group of people by hauling out cultural stereotypes without much pushback, it must be OK to do the same to others. Illogic begets illogic.
Ice Cubes June 10 daylong series of tweets, which involved some creepy symbols and images, in general implied that Jews were responsible for the oppression of blacks. NFL player DeSean Jackson tweeted out several anti-Semitic messages, including a quote he incorrectly thought was from Hitler (not your go-to guy for why-cant-we-all-get-along quotes) stating that Jews had a plan to extort America and achieve world domination. Isnt that SPECTREs job in James Bond movies?
These statements would be laughed at by anyone with a middle-school grasp of reason, but then former NBA player Stephen Jackson, a self-proclaimed activist, undid whatever progress his previous advocacy may have achieved by agreeing with DeSean Jackson on social media. Then he went on to talk about the Rothschilds owning all the banks and his support for the notorious homophobe and anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan. That is the kind of dehumanizing characterization of a people that causes the police abuses that killed his friend, George Floyd.
June continued to bust out all over with anti-Semitism when performer Chelsea Handler, herself Jewish, posted videos of Farrakhan to her 3.9 million followers. That means almost 4 million people received a subliminal message that even some Jews think being anti-Jewish is justified.
That same month, President Donald Trumps reelection campaign also has been criticized for exploiting anti-Jewish biases, even though Trumps son-in-law and campaign honcho Jared Kushner is Jewish and his daughter Ivanka converted to Judaism before they married. Playing on the same Rothschilds trope, they issued a letter accusing three billionaires of Jewish descent of using their fortunes to rig the November election. This is the kind of very fine people on both sides Trump has employed throughout his political career pandering to hate groups that has emboldened racists who feel like theyve gotten the presidential OK to attack people they dont like.
These famous, outspoken people share the same scapegoat logic as all oppressive groups from Nazis to the KKK: all our troubles are because of bad-apple groups that worship wrong, have the wrong complexion, come from the wrong country, are the wrong gender or love the wrong gender. Its so disheartening to see people from groups that have been violently marginalized do the same thing to others without realizing that perpetuating this kind of bad logic is what perpetuates racism.
Yes, some of the above have apologized DeSean Jackson, Stephen Jackson, Chelsea Handler while others continue to defiantly marinate in their own prejudice. Their arrogant and irrational response to accusations of anti-Semitism, rather than dissuade us, actually confirmed peoples worst opinions. Ice Cubes response was remorseless: What if I was just pro-Black? This is the truth brother. I didnt lie on anyone. I didnt say I was anti anybody. DONT BELIEVE THE HYPE. Ive been telling my truth. His truth was clearly anti-Semitic but, like Trump, he believes his truth exists outside facts. As writer Roxane Gay summed it up: It is impossible to take you seriously with regards to social justice or anything when you post anti-Semitic imagery. What the fuck are you doing?
Even the apologies floundered, more attempts at spin than true contrition. In a CNN interview, Stephen Jackson was angry and belligerent at being called out: I stated I could have changed my words. Theres nothing that I said that I support any of that. Theres nothing I said that I hate anybody. I apologize for my words and I could have switched up. Thats the end of it. I love everybody. While its possible the words were wrong, celebrities have a responsibility to get the words right. Its not enough to have good intentions, because its the actual deeds and words which have the real impact. In this case destructive impact. In 2013, there were 751 reported hate crimes against Jews, but by 2019 the number had nearly tripled to 2,107. That same year, a gunman in San Diego entered a synagogue and murdered one person while wounding three.
One of the most powerful songs in the struggle against racism is Billie Holidays melancholic Strange Fruit, which was first recorded in 1939. The song met strong resistance from radio stations afraid of its graphic lyrics about lynching:
Southern trees bear a strange fruit Blood on the leaves and blood at the root Black bodies swinging in the Southern breeze Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees
Despite those who wanted to suppress the song, it went on to sell a million copies that year and became Holidays best-selling record ever. The song was written by a white, Jewish high school teacher, Abel Meeropol, who performed it with his wife around New York before it was given to Holiday.
The lesson never changes, so why is it so hard for some people to learn: No one is free until everyone is free. As Martin Luther King Jr. explained: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. So, lets act like it. If were going to be outraged by injustice, lets be outraged by injustice against anyone.
My impression was that he was a leftist politically. Has criticized the President as racist in the past. This won't win him much applause on the left.
Huh? A Muslim angry about hatred of Jews?
Yeah, you tell them, Jabber. You’re late getting around to Hollywood.
Ignorant people have been blaming their problems on the Jews for thousands of years.
Leftism — which is just weaponized ignorance — must allow Jew-haters to march in their column. They have no choice.
If you doubt my assertion about "weaponized ignorance," just ask yourself: which ideology values "useful idiots" ?
Who in Trumps campaign is anti-Semitic??
There is plenty of outrage except from those in the halls of power or who own the ‘bully pulpits’ called the mass media. It is 1933 all over again.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reminds us what a great school UCLA used to be.
“Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Where Is the Outrage Over Anti-Semitism in Sports and Hollywood?”
How about the anti-Semitism is Congress?
KAJ is an avowed leftist but hes generally a thoughtful and intelligent man.
Jabbar dabbar do!
I have always admired Kareems input. He learned a lot from John Wooden.
Well John Wooden was the best. So was Lew Alcindor who he coached.
Don’t know about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Yeah, you try dragging Lambeer up and down the court for forty minutes a night...
Blacks don’t like Jews because Jews are everything that blacks are not.
Well, Lew, considering you’ve taken on a muslim name and all why are you so concerned?
...like Trump, he believes his truth exists outside facts.
Here's hoping the other blacKKK go after the Islamofascist piece of NBA trash.
Perhaps rethinking his life?
My undrstanding is Mike Tysn gae u on islam and became a Christian.
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