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Outraged? Make a Difference

Date: Monday, August 21, 2017 11:33 AM EDT

“I don’t want to be Jewish anymore.” My grandmother looked sympathetically at her seven-year-old grandson and asked why. “Everyone hates us, the Nazis killed us, and I don’t want to be killed just because I’m Jewish.”

During the course of that afternoon, my grandmother told me the story of how my great-grandparents fled Eastern Europe during the Pogroms. She told me the story of America – my story. It was about how simple merchants, farmers, bakers, and milliners from shtetls across the Russian Empire and Galicia risked everything to find a better life in America.

By the end of the day, she had reassured me that there were millions of Americans who would stand up for our religious freedom. It is why her parents (my great-grandparents) came to America. More than a half century later, I wonder if “millions of Americans” will be enough.

As morally reprehensible as President Trump’s populist politics may be, his inability to take a firm, unambiguous stance against racism, fascism, and white nationalism is unforgivable. I categorically reject arguments from those who suggest subtle nuanced explanations for what I heard with my own ears and saw with my own eyes: President Trump tacitly endorsing white supremacists, neo-Nazis, extremists, and bigots. He is unfit to lead us and should resign. Since he is unlikely to do so, people of good character must unite to promote the fundamental principles of justice and equality that define America.

Get Out of Your Echo Chamber

If you are still reading this, thank you. We agree that there is no place for this kind of evil in America. But there’s a problem. We’re just talking to each other, and we already agree. So here’s what I’d like you to do.

First, contact your elected officials. Send them emails telling them to speak truth to power. Tell them that if they will not stand up against President Trump’s vile endorsements, you will elect leaders who will.

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