© National Education Association - Jewish Affaris Caucus 2021
From the Chair,
Q-Anon has affected our country possibly to the point of no return. This quackery has pitted immigrants against citizens, Republicans against Democrats, fact against fiction, and has exacerbated what was always been here, racism. The lies of certain leaders to stay in power has threatened the health, well-being, and lives of many of us. This hate is not new to History. In 1909, we Jews joined forces with the Black community to form the NAACP. Why? For each of our very existence, to fight against racism and anti-Semitism.
One thing we share in common is that during WW II, we were "guinea pigs" to be experimented on by Hitler and his Third Reich. It is similar to what our brothers and sisters of Color experienced in America. We know how White doctors never took Black women seriously when they said they were hurting. These White doctors gave the false narrative that they had a higher threshold of pain. How many Tuskegee Airmen were experimented on and died as a result? There is such a distrust in Communities-of-Color when it comes to medicine and doctors. Many of us Jews have the same distrust, but we must put our fears aside to open schools safely for us and our Students-of-Color. Here is a special message from our NEA President Becky Pringle. Please share.