Jewish Historian’s Anti-Trump Affirmation Goes Viral

29A lot more than 240 Jewish studies scholars have authorized a general public statementthat warns up against the risk to minorities posed by the election of Donald Trump.

In the notice, actually released on the Jewish Journal’s website on Nov. 15, the historians decried “repeated anti-Semitic expressions and insinuations” that surfaced through the presidential campaign, directed against journalists particularly.

“Our reading of days gone by impels us to avoid any attempts to put a prone group in the crosshairs of nativist racism,” the scholars observed. “It really is our duty to come quickly to their aid also to withstand the degradation of privileges that Mr. Trump’s rhetoric has provoked.”

Because it was published, viewers shared the notice 13,000 times on Facebook and seen it online almost 40,000 times, so that it is the Journal’s most read article that week.


David Biale, Jewish background teacher at UC Davis, had written the statement, and Hasia Diner at NY School and David N. Myers at UCLA edited it. On Nov. 11, they started out circulating the notice.

“Suddenly, as American Jews we must face a fresh reality, an onslaught of racism and hate,” said Biale, who developed the essential idea while lunching with Diner in NY. “I said, ‘Don’t you think people in the field should make a statement?’ ”

The notice gained signatories by person to person, Myers informed the Journal. Initially, Diner and Biale come to away to a half-dozen historians, each of whom then delivered it to some other 10 roughly fellow workers with the instructions to talk about it widely.

“You couldn’t get those 250 visitors to acknowledge anything, but this struck a profound really, profound chord,” Myers said.


Myers thought obligated by his historical point of view to speak from Trump’s plan and election, which, he said, “transgressed the norms of etiquette, good action and rhetorical realistic mindedness.”

“Whatever purchase we’d upon this question arrived not on virtue to be Jews but on being experts in Jewish background and understanding what the expenses of group stigmatization were,” he said.

32Myers said the news headlines appearing out of the president-elect’s changeover have lent credence to the scholars’ concerns, such as his pantry discussion and consultations of any registry for Muslims.

“I don’t believe we’re overreacting by any means,” he said. “Of course, if people say, ‘Well, await his first decisions,’ we’ve, and it’s really cause for more concerns.”

Historian Marc Dollinger of SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA State School said he usually feels it’s incorrect to hint petitions or bring politics into his class room.

“This broke the guideline,” he said. “I’m repeating this because I’ve an responsibility as a Jewish-American historian to keep see as this main source historical report is established before me.”