NYC Councilwoman Suggests Jewish Victims May Be At Fault For Knockout Attacks
The Victims Are To Blame Because They’re Successful?
Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo was chosen to represent Crown Heights in January, and she’s already stuck her big, fat foot in her mouth. Cumbo released a letter recently stating that the cause of violence against Jews may be because blacks feel threatened by the growth of Jewish community. She concluded the tensions could be causing the sharp increase in recent violence against Jews.
“Many African American/Caribbean residents expressed a genuine concern that as the Jewish community continues to grow, they would be pushed out by their Jewish landlords or by Jewish families looking to purchase homes,” Cumbo posted on her Facebook page.
“I respect and appreciate the Jewish community’s family values and unity that has led to strong political, economic and cultural gains. While I personally regard this level of tenacity, I also recognize that for others, the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success,” she said.
She continued by saying that these views “offer possible insight as to how young African-American/Caribbean teens could conceivably commit a ‘hate crime’ against a community that they know very little about.”
Crown Heights community leader Rabbi Chanina Sperlin, an acquaintance of Cumbo, said that her letter was completely missed the mark.
“I saw her letter. I told her I totally disagree,” he said. ”I think she has a lot to learn in this community….she’s coming in on such a left foot, and she didn’t even step into the City Council yet. I don’t know where the wild dream is coming from that Jewish people want to kick African-Americans out of their houses…but it’s definitely not coming from the Jewish community.”
The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force have been investigating approximately seven attacks that have happened in the Midwood, Borough Park and Crown Heights areas. Jews of all ages have been targeted for these acts of violence, including a 78-year-old woman who was attacked on November 9th.