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The strange revelation that the two shooters at the kosher deli in Jersey City were part of a group called the Black Hebrew Israelites have many wondering who these people are and why they hate the Jews.
Black - Hebrew - Israelites - Subcultures - Nationalist
The Black Hebrew Israelites are one of several fringe American subcultures that promote a race-based nationalist identity. At the heart of the movement’s philosophy is the claim that they are the true Jews, and “white Jews” are imposters because they do not ethnically resemble the physical characteristics consistent the pre-diaspora Hebrews.
Ultimately, this conclusion fails to hold water when compared to any accredited historical analysis of the global Jewish ethnic community over time. While the struggle to understand the authenticity of the modern Jewish ethnic diaspora remains reasonable, claims of fraudulent identity do not.
Survey - Philos - Project - Attitudes - Americans
In a recent national survey commissioned by the Philos Project on attitudes of African Americans toward Israel and the Jewish people, over 20% of respondents self-identified as, or agreed with, the core teachings of the Black Hebrew Israelites. This surprisingly high number does not, however, represent the millions of African Americans who reject anti-Semitism and fondly remember the history of black-Jewish unity.
"All of my life I have cherished the relationship the African American community has enjoyed with the Jewish American community," says Rev. Horace Sheffield III, CEO of the Detroit Association of Black Organizations, "whether it was because of their acts of defiance against restrictive covenants in Detroit by selling their homes to us, or as witnessed by their commitment to the Civil Rights Movement and sacrifice of substance and life to insure its success."
Relations - Rights - Movement - Groups - Cause
Black-Jewish relations culminated during the civil rights movement when the two groups shared common cause in the struggle for racial equality. Both were denied full access to American society for generations solely because...
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