Black Jews Stand with Black Lives Matter Amid Turmoil — but ‘God Comes First’
In recent weeks, America’s racial wounds have been torn open, an uneasy rhythm of violence playing out in the streets and on social media: African-Americans shot dead on camera by police, protests rolling through cities and police killed in apparent retaliatory shootings.
Like many African American congregations, members of the century-old black Hebrew Israelite movement took to pulpits accross the country to speak about race, police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement.
“I told my members, it would be fine for them to support issues like Black Lives Matter,” said Rabbi Capers Funnye of Chicago, chief rabbi of the International Israelite Board of Rabbis. “Could they get involved? Absolutely, yes. I think it is very important. To protest, peacefully, is every American’s right.” ….. read more ….