Sunday, May 31, 2020
I write you as your rabbi in a time of racial turmoil. If we were able to gather physically, I would call on us to gather in our building to hold a community meeting and plan our involvement as a force for good at this time. I would join with others to stand up and support in person all peaceful voices for racial justice in America. I would lead any who would follow to gather with others in our area in common cause. I am frustrated that this is not possible at this time.
I recognize that many say this is "too little." Please know, this is not all I do. This is not all you should do. This note is just about this note: I will not attend a rally right now, and I hear the cry of prophecy in the wind.
Rabbi Robert L. Tobin
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Not only that, I know that it is the silent bystander that empowers evil. The police chief in Minneapolis has said publicly that he fired all four officers involved in the incident because silence is being "complicit." All four ex-officers must be arrested, charged and tried just like any other accomplices in a murder would be. As long as the other 3 walk free, the criminal justice system in Minneapolis has not done what it must to prove that it is not also complicit. This is why the protests grow, and frustration turns too often towards violence. It is the accusation that there is a culture of police complicity that empowers these acts against the black community. Prove it wrong. Arrest and charge all 4 officers.
- I will WRITE for you and everyone who will read it. Please pass it along.
- I will VOTE, with this in mind. I will tell every elected official on my ballot that this matters to me more than anything else facing America today.
- I will SHUT UP, when someone is trying to tell me what this means and what this is from their experience and point of view.
- I will SPEAK UP when I hear or see this insipid cultural prejudice against black men, and against any racial, religious, or gender victims in my community and in my country.
- I will try to FORM GENUINE RELATIONSHIPS with people who are different than me, racially, religiously and in every way - to be there when it matters.