Black, White, Jewish and Tired

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Black, White, Jewish and Tired

My father is black. My mother is white. I am biracial. We’re all Jewish. In my mind, it’s as simple as that. The reality, however, is far more complicated.
I find my biracial blood and multicultural family tree to be a source of strength and uniqueness, but I am frequently reminded how fragile of a tree it truly is. If my parents’ union occurred two decades earlier, it would have been illegal in many states. White lawmakers had long sought out to prevent racial mixing. A last ditch emotional appeal was made to prevent racial mixing by claiming the irresponsibility of bringing biracial children into the world. It would simply be unfair to the kids, lawmakers assumed. “Too white to play with black kids, too black to play with white kids.”

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Thoughts on Dallas


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Joel Etienne (Toronto, Canada)

Terribly chagrined by the loss of life in Dallas Texas, Minnesota and Louisiana this week. Communities of colour, like any other communities, cannot live in democracy, prosperity and safety, without first and foremost being able to live in security.

This absolutely necessitates and requires good policing. The shocking conclusion to this week of sorrow, is that both good people in police uniform, and good civilians were without justification victimized, and murdered leaving families and children, reeling, and a continent in sorrow.

I send my prayers to the good cops, the good community leaders, and to all the good civilians of all creeds who wish to live their lives in harmony.

I send my prayers and condolences to the families of the Dallas Police Officers who lost loved ones last night, and to the families of Mr. Philando Castile, a Montessori worker, and Mr. Alton Sterling.