Different is not dangerous

Inflammatory language about people who are perceived as “different” or “dangerous” is neither new nor surprising, yet it both unnerves me, and riles me to fight.

My grandparents were Lithuanian Jews who fled their homeland in the early 20th century when the country was gripped by a stark escalation of anti-Semitism. Threatened, they had hoped to immigrate to the United States, but they could not, due to a wave of anti-immigrant and anti-Jewish sentiment that had swept the United States after World War I. At that time, the doors to this great nation were slammed shut to most Eastern European Jews, so my grandparents fled to South Africa.

Members of We Are All Dominican (WAAD) and reconoci.do march at the Dominican Day Parade in New York City, advocating for citizenship rights for Dominicans of Haitian descent. Photo by Angela Cave
Sandra (pictured) is the Chairperson of the National LGBT Security Committee in Uganda and coordinates a hotline for reporting abuses against LGBTI people. Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik

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President and CEO of American Jewish World Service. Working at the intersection of Jewish values and global concerns. Traveling the world and playing the piano

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Robert Bank

Robert Bank

President and CEO of American Jewish World Service. Working at the intersection of Jewish values and global concerns. Traveling the world and playing the piano