Fears of Trump tri­umph

The Canadian Jewish News (Toronto) - - Letters To The Editor - Sarah Phillips Toronto

They say there’s a spe­cial place in hell for women who put down other women. After the U.S. elec­tion, I think we’re go­ing to have to make some room for the Jews who sup­port Don­ald Trump.

How can you pos­si­bly think any­thing good will come from this for you, your friends, your fam­ily and your com­mu­nity? It de­fies all logic that some­thing cel­e­brated by the KKK and com­fort­ably “outs” anti-semites could also be cel­e­brated by any sin­gle Jewish per­son.

Jews are told to re­mem­ber the hor­rors of the Holo­caust all the time, not just on Re­mem­brance Day. Re­mem­ber­ing isn’t enough any­more for me. I need ac­tion. I need to know that my com­mu­nity is sup­port­ing not just our com­mu­nity, but any com­mu­nity that’s marginal­ized or suf­fer­ing from the hate of oth­ers. What use is our col­lec­tive trauma if not put to some­thing good?

So much is still un­cer­tain, but this bizarre mu­tual ac­quain­tance­ship be­tween Jews and the hate­ful, racist sup­port­ers of Trump ter­ri­fies me at this mo­ment more than any pos­si­bil­ity of what’s next. Be­cause if the chil­dren and grand­chil­dren of the peo­ple who suf­fered the worst geno­cide of the 20th cen­tury can’t re­mem­ber how to do the right thing, who will? Let­ters to the ed­i­tor can be emailed to cjn­info@ gmail.com. All let­ters must bear the sender’s name, ad­dress and tele­phone num­ber. We re­serve the right to edit and con­dense let­ters.

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