On the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, it is important to recognize that there is a very real human tendency to mis-remember the grave evils of history: to imagine that they happened in a different world; to think that those who perpetuated such evil, or those who scandalously remained silent and complicit, were somehow different kinds of people than we are.
Some 88 percent of Jewish Americans believe that anti-Semitism is a problem in America. According to data, anti-Semitism in the U.S. from by 57 percent in 2017. Additionally, in the last five years, around half of all Jewish American young people have experienced anti-Semitism.
Every day — every. single. day. — there is another incident of Jew hatred.
The only real question is: What can we do? What kind of activism would be necessary and sufficient to begin to heal this herpes virus that keeps on returning to the body politic?