When it Comes to Speaking Out Against Hate There is a Clear Jewish Double Standard
The Jewish double standard was on display this past week in the wake of DeSean Jackson and Stephen Jackson’s social media posts promoting Louis Farrakhan and erroneously quoting Adolf Hitler. While it appears many people were rightfully taken aback by such blatant antiSemitism, the resulting outcry—or lack thereof—was the perfect microcosm to highlight the double standard many Jews, and specifically, American Jews, live with on a daily basis. The Jewish double standard is quite simple; when Jews see something bad, racist, or evil, they join in the fury and call it out, but when something antiSemitic occurs, there is little by way of resulting uproar. In the most basic terms–because of the history of Jews–they will almost always call out evil, but they are naive if they expect a reciprocal response.
The “Jackson and Jackson” saga following the almost cultural revolution of the George Floyd murder and resulting Black Lives Matter movement is the most obvious example of this. When George Floyd was murdered by Derek Chauvin, almost everybody was in agreement that this was a despicable act that needed to be condemned (and rightfully so). It was such a heinous act that everybody from every walk of life came out and castigated Chauvin and anybody that took part in the incident. And I mean everybody: black, white, Asian, Jews, and even cops said: “This is beyond the pale and something needs to be done.” Something was done as Chauvin was arrested and charged with murder (although Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison–not exactly a friend of the Jews—may have overstepped in the actual charge, but that is an article for another time)
While Floyd’s death is an absolute tragedy, the coming together of all types of Americans was—ironically—something beautiful that emerged out of the ashes. Politicians, corporations, teams, schools, athletes, and owners all came out with strongly worded messages denouncing the murder. It appeared that everyone agreed—for one of the few times in recent American history—that something evil had occurred and this injustice needed to be corrected. Everybody sent out messages and missives because it was so obviously evil.
Why the Jewish Double Standard Was So Obvious to See Coming
In the midst of all this, I worried that this feeling of the communal agreement would only last so long as the victim was black. Once something terrible happened to Jews or an antiSemitic incident occurred, this thought of “everybody is on the same page” would disappear. I was immediately proven right as nobody cared when temples were desecrated and black lives matter movement protesters chanted antiSemitic tropes to the sounds of crickets. That is par for the course for Jews, unfortunately. And of course, almost nobody came to the defense of the Jews because people rarely do.
In the Jackson and Jackson sage, there were some brave voices that spoke out like Steelers lineman Zach Banner, and retired football players Emmanual Acho and Geoff Schwartz. Banner and Acho should be lauded for doing so (I expected it of Schwartz because, well… Schwartz). However, where were all the other voices? What DeSean Jackson wrote and posted and what Stephen Jackson said and doubled down on were also so beyond the pale it should have appalled everybody. But it didn’t because there is a Jewish double standard. All those politicians, corporations, teams, schools, athletes, and owners were as silent as a unmarked graveyard on a moonless night.
What is making matters worse is the excuse that so many are readily giving both the Jacksons; mainly, that they were simply “ignorant.” People like Stephen A. Smith are jumping to their defense and claiming they were ignorant and didn’t know any better. Both DeSean Jackon and Stephen Jackson are both claiming ignorance and that their words and intentions are being misconstrued. But that is the telling thing, what they both posted and said is so antiSemitic it is the equivalent of calling Jews “K—s.” If anybody sad something similar about any other race or religion, nobody would be giving them the excuse of ignorance, especially because these tropes have been around for eons! But that is why the utter lack of response is so disappointingly not surprising; the Jewish double standard is simply a fact of life.
The Jewish Double Standard in Action; Evil of One Kind is Denounces, Evil of Another is Given a Pass
Even such noted and powerful Jews in sports like Robert Kraft did not say a word even though the Kraft Foundation pledged $1,000,000 to fight “systemic racism a month ago” (in his defense, Kraft is a mensch who does great for Jews and Israel). Devin and Jason McCourty, who are community leaders and speak beautifully about issues and doing the right thing? Not a word from them even though their teammate, Julian Edelman, is one of the most outspoken Jews in the NFL. All the players—both active and retired—that Robert Kraft takes to Israel every year? Nothing.
Nor is this some mundane gripe. Jews die over posts and messages like the ones distributed by DeSean and Stephen Jackson. The Monsey Murderer was a devotee of the Black Hebrew Israelites movement and enjoyed listening to Louis Farrakhan and the teachings of the Nation of Islam. If you care about White Supremacy (and you should), you should also care about Black Supremacist groups like the Nation of Islam and the Black Hebrew Israelites. Both White Supremacists and Black Supremacists are as evil as the other and the only thing they agree upon is Jews are evil.
Yet, there is a Jewish double standard. People cry out and bemoan the existence of people who want to rid the world of blacks and Jews when that evil comes from the other side. However, when it is less politically expedient, or when the people saying terrible things and committing atrocities don’t fit the preferred narrative, there is silence. If you actually care about ridding evil you are correct to denounce Trump’s weak-spined response to Charlottesville, but you are also allowing it to prosper if you remain silent when stuff like the Jackson posts occurs.
Yes, you can and should care about evil. But you need to care about evil no matter where it comes from. If you call out heinous crimes and messages because it attacks one race, but then zipper your mouth shout and tie your hands when a different race is attacked, you are revealing to the world your own prejudices and hate. And if it does not reach the level of hate, then you are showing your apathy. The only way for evil to spread is for good men to do nothing. When evil is directed at the black community we rightfully speak out and do something. However, when that same evil is pointed at the Jewish community, we do nothing and that evil spreads, the same way it has spread for multiple millennia. That is the Jewish double standard and that is why we are seeing an increase in antiSemitism yet again.