I cannot relate to Johanna Ginsberg saying that “Our silence equals consent.” I would think that every reader of NJJN condemns police brutality and unequal justice. I don’t consent to police brutality and unequal treatment of the races, but I chose to keep my thoughts about these protests to myself.
It is the silence of the police that is the problem.
You would think that after events in Ferguson, Mo. — when an unarmed African-American teen was shot dead by police in 2014 — that they would be accountable for their actions. That they would assure that race is not a factor in their actions. That they can explain situations when they have to use force (yes, there are some appropriate situations). That they are determined to distinguish between proper and improper police behavior. Instead, the police unions have chosen to remain silent when they are pilloried in the media, such as The New York Times.
These protests are not just against police brutality. They are also aimed at us who have “white privilege.” In the protestors’ minds, it is not sufficient for you and I just to acknowledge our white privilege.
Member, Congregation Agudath Israel