We Are Being Hoodwinked

Anti-Black and anti-Jewish bigotry is nothing new… not in the United States, and not in many other places around the world. However, if we are to believe that recent events, from the murder of protesters in Wisconsin to the arson fire at the University of Delaware Chabad are not acts by opportunistic bigots then we are being willfully ignorant. Under the guise of supporting Black lives, bigots have done what they have done in most recent social movements: hijacked those movements under the cover of intersectionality and “allyship.” These movements become so watered down and disrupted that they stop resembling their original framework and stop working towards what they set out to accomplish. We are witnessing this in real time with the Black Lives Matter movement, which has been hijacked by antiSemites. A movement that grew in response to the murder of George Floyd and numerous other unarmed Black Americans has grown into a movement that can be cast as “radical” and “leftist” by those who do not wish to address the very real issues of police violence against Black people. By allowing others to infiltrate a movement and redirect it towards something that has nothing to do with speaking up and speaking out against anti-Blackness further marginalizes and dismisses concerns that Black people hold. “Standing in solidarity” and “intersectionality” have become catchphrases used by self-proclaimed progressives that are used to infiltrate and re-form social movements to fit an anti-Semitic and anti-progressive agenda.

About the Author
Brandy Shufutinsky is a social worker, with a MSW from the University of Southern California and a MA in International Relations from the University of San Diego. She hopes to utilize her advocacy in social justice on a global level, working towards making education more accessible to immigrant populations. She has previously been published in The Forward. Brandy is working on a doctoral degree at the University of San Francisco in International Multicultural Education.
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