So back in early May, while the Baltimore protests were going on, Rabbi Benjamin Blech wrote an article about violence in the riots. I’m linking you to Aish.com, but I first saw it in the May 8th – 14th edition of the Long Island Jewish World. I wrote a response and looked for a few friends to edit it. I actually got around to finishing it a few weeks ago. First I sent it to Aish, who decided not to publish it but did forward it to the Rabbi. I also sent it to Alternet, but never heard back.
So I’m going to publish this here, on my blog, where I have basically no audience.
I’m sick and fucking tired of white people crying about black people “violently” rioting against violent White Supremacy while those same white people condone the very violent White Supremacy that is instigating and causing this backlash in the first place. And I wanted to say something about it. Please note: I use the narrative of the Exodus because the Rabbi does; I don’t actually think that happened. I also did not use the Holocaust as an analogy. In hindsight, this probably would have been better, but I also feel as if my decision to present the alternate universe was a more direct (if ham-fisted) way of conveying what I was trying to say.
Also… yes, I’m Jewish. My family is Jewish, I grew up Jewish, I go to synagogue sometimes and even read Torah every once in a while. Just because I’m an atheist and part-time anti-theist doesn’t mean I’m not Jewish.
Commenting Note: White Supremacists are not welcome here. Racists are not welcome here. Trolls are not welcome here. Devil’s advocates are not welcome here. I can and will censor you if you show yourself to be any or all of those things.
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(See what I did there? Chocolate HEVEN cake? Cause… heh… my last name is HEVENstone…
How much do you love chocolate?
I hope chocolate is an obsession for you, because that’s required for this recipe. The cake I’m about to tell you how to make is beyond chocolate. It is another level.
These pictures are amateur, but still… look at this thing:
Oh yeah. Chocolate porn right there, folks.
Wanna learn how to make it?
Of course you do.
Time for yet another confession.
I’m a nicotine addict. Unfortunately I’m not kidding. It first started when I was 15, but I did give it up (for a time), when I discovered that my mom was allergic. However, I was smoking a large amount of cigarettes at the time. And I started up again, much more recently. Back in November 2013, to be a little more precise. It was because of Burger King (and I’ve no doubt you can guess why). And I immediately fell in to two packs a day, which increased to three packs before some friends showed me an alternative.
And that alternative was electronic cigarettes.
This was a different, interesting world I had heard of in the past but not ventured in to. The offer was interesting…
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If you are on Facebook and Twitter, there is a perfect profile picture that says “Black Lives Matter”. I am asking that people change their profile pictures on Facebook and Twitter to this picture. Stand up against the declared war on black lives by the US’s cops. Please. I use it to show solidarity. I am privileged as a white man. I will never be targeted the way black men and women are targeted in this country.
I cannot, and will not, accept this. And neither should you.
Below is the picture. Again… please. Please change your profile picture to this. Stand up against this tyranny in our country.
Again… please do this. It’s extremely important. The more Facebook and Twitter get inundated with this, the more visible it becomes, and that can only be a good thing.