The Breakdown With Shaun King: My Honest, Transparent Thoughts on Anti-Semitism in 2020

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Let me start by saying this, anti-Semitism in America is real.

Anyone who says otherwise is not paying attention. The largest hate crime against Jewish people in the history of the United States happened in 2018. A gunman yelled, “All Jews must die,” before open firing in the Tree of Life synagogue of Pittsburgh, murdering eleven people and wounding six others. This is not a singular incident. There has been a drastic increase in hate crimes against Jewish people, including physical assaults and vandalization of schools and community buildings.

Neo-Nazis in America are real. They exist. They are dangerous.

In 2017, a neo-Nazi rally called “Unite the Right” took place in Charlottesville, Virginia. White nationalists took to the streets waving swastika adorned American flags and raising their hands in the seig heil “Hitler” salute. Clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters took place, ending in the brutal assault of DeAndre Harris by a mob of neo-Nazis and the death of Heather Hyer, who was struck by a car that barreled through the crowd.

Blatant displays of anti-Semitism are visible all across America and anyone who says otherwise is merely refusing to see what is right in front of them. What is not as obvious, but remains extremely dangerous, are the everyday displays of verbal anti-semitism from everyday people and celeberties alike.

America is in the midst of a social revolution on nearly all fronts.

The fight for trans lives, Black lives, immigrant rights and other disenfranchised groups is fully underway. In the eyes of many, there is no room for ignorance on these topics. Sympathy for the misinformed is next to none. Remaining neutral on issues of inequity is no longer an option and self education on all of these topics is an obligation.

While anti-Semitic comments have historically been quickly forgiven, or merely forgotten, that is no longer the case. People are beginning to treat the perpetuation of stereotypes and hate speech as the severe dangers they are. It is these comments, half-hearted and seemingly harmless, that plant the seeds of genocide within a community.

It is time they be taken seriously, and time to educate yourself and others on the gravity of your words.

In today’s episode, Shaun shares his honest thoughts on the anti-Semitism that exists in America today, and what we all must do to combat it.