(Left to right) JCRC Executive Director Abby Porth and district attorney candidates Chesa Boudin, Suzy Loftus, Leif Dautch and Nancy Tung at Jewish Community High School of the Bay in San Francisco, Sept. 10, 2019 (Photo/Brandon Davis-JCHS)
(Left to right) JCRC Executive Director Abby Porth and district attorney candidates Chesa Boudin, Suzy Loftus, Leif Dautch and Nancy Tung at Jewish Community High School of the Bay in San Francisco, Sept. 10, 2019 (Photo/Brandon Davis-JCHS)

Teaching to hate; omissions in S.F. district attorney debate


‘You’ve got to be taught to hate’

Clearly, the proposed California ethnic studies student proposal was anti-Israel, and devoid of countering the increasing, and sometimes deadly, wave of U.S. anti-Semitism.

Yes, the mobilization of Jewish leadership caused state educators to revisit their agenda. One might say a battle won.

Reading the names of the institutions represented on the ill-fated state ethnic studies, one can’t help but notice that those institutions represent the full spectrum of both the public elementary school and state university systems. Furthermore, those educators, representing their respective institutions, must have had stature in their respective educational facilities in order to have been selected to draft the proposed state ethnic studies program.

Before we Jews start patting ourselves on the back for a battle won, it is suggested that we revisit our agenda. The evidence suggests that we are losing the war.

We might start with demands that any ethnic program taught in any California educational institution include the Jewish contribution to both the nation and the world. This should start with Haym Salomon, the America patriot, how he and the Jewish community saved the American Revolutionary War.

The Jewish contributions in health and entertainment are legendary. Many instances support ethnic equality. The theater has been one Jewish vehicle for promoting ethnic injustice. Who can forget the message from “Show Boat” regarding the degradation of the black population, or the “South Pacific” number with the lyrics, “You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear.”

Yes, ethnic studies, these studies through their omission and selective vision of anti-Semitism, and the Israeli-Palestinian issue, should not echo the darkness that brought on the Holocaust.

Jerome Berkman
Pleasanton


Who’s watching the henhouse?

The Jewish Community Relations Council’s “interfaith candidate forum” for District Attorney candidates curiously omits comment upon the apparent failure of candidates to disclose respective intentions regarding corruption prosecutions. The incumbent District Attorney induced a willing Board of Supervisors and Mayor two years ago to appropriate $2,918,078 for a so-called “Internal Investigation Bureau”, consisting of six alleged prosecutors, six investigators, and two “support” staff. He has never initiated a corruption prosecution and taxpayers have been fleeced again.

Judge Quentin L. Kopp (Ret.)
San Francisco

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