At least three dead in two shootings at Jewish centers in Kansas. 15-year-old boy reported to be critically wounded; police report one person was in custody; man reportedly yelled ‘Heil Hitler’ when police arrested him.
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Reblogging again to add:
Also, non-Jews, please spread this. People will forget about it otherwise. The police say they aren’t ready to call it a hate crime, despite the fact that witnesses have said that the man was asking people if they were Jewish and waiting for an affirmative response before shooting. The more people who are paying attention to this story the harder it will be for it to be swept under the rug.
A lot of people are currently very excited about the recent Cap movie. If you believe that it was worthwhile for Steve Rogers to fight fictional nazis, please show that you care about the people harmed by those in the real world who still agree with Nazi ideology. If you can get super excited and make tons of posts about Cap, then you can do this too, right? (obviously there are people who are upset/triggered by this stuff, which is an entirely different situation. but if you can spread the word please do)
Oh no of course not a hate crime -_-
Back in 1999, there was a shooting at the local Jewish Community Center where I grew up. I was 10. While it was obviously a horrible incident, I wasn’t really privy to the feelings of shame and fear yet.
While I’ve naturally grown away from belief in God (I would describe myself as Agnostic at this point), I was born to Jewish parents. We weren’t ever a seriously religious family, but my mom lights the candles at Hanukkah and sits down to seder with my uncle each year for Passover. Traditions are built in, and there’s no reason why I shouldn’t find solace in them—even if I don’t wholeheartedly believe in the prayers. Sometimes, they’re all that’s left of family members that have passed on.
But constant teasing and discrimination, along with events like this, would make me reluctant to express my original faith to new friends or strangers. It cut deep, and I have always felt ashamed of my embarrassment. Ever since I was little, I would sometimes feign Christianity as an attempt to fit in with other kids. I’ve still done it on occasion in my adult years.
My world religions professor would reiterate the beauty of Judaism whenever I expressed my tendency to hide my religion. I’ve gradually gotten more comfortable with being honest, eventually opening up or allowing Matt to do it for me. As horrible as this hate crime is, it reminds me to take pride in my upbringing, and to fight ignorance and anti-Semitism by living openly and honestly. I cannot fathom the loss of these families.