Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Hey! Stop SHAKING the JAR!

I recently came across a group of Jewish people discussing antisemitism on Twitter. Ironically, at the same time this same group was criticizing North Americans "ill fitting" general definition (in their opinion)  of  "white Jews" by including Jews from the Middle East and North Africa because of their light complexion. Most "white" Jews identity that particular group as "Sephardic Jews".  

Now, you and I and many others many not see a difference. But they do.  The same discussion takes place worldwide in various communities worldwide (i.e. Asians, Latinos, African Diaspora etc.) 

The primary topic is: Do light skin people receive better treatment than their darker skin brethren? Is one person better than another simply because of one's hue?  It's been a ridiculous (in my opinion) long standing debate for centuries. Yet  and still these communities judge harshest amongst themselves. 

 It's called "intra-racism". That's "internalized racism".

But here is the unifying factor. Make a racist comment toward Jews, African Americans, Latinos or Asians and suddenly they are unified as ONE man for the battle.  It's both beautiful and horrifying.  

Beautiful when they are united. Horrifying because the cycle keeps repeating itself and those within don't seem to see it. There is an old saying that goes something like, "remove the enemy from within and you will no longer see the enemy without."

It's like someone saying the left hand hates the right hand or visa versa. Now, everyone knows your right hand NEEDS its left hand and visa versa. Right? After all, it belongs to the same ONE BODY! 

Apply that to ANY antagonistic group situation you will. It's still applicable. I guarantee; you will always come to the same conclusion. That is if you are watching/observing objectively. 

The two hands is my favorite analogy. Everyone seems to understand it.

So the question as posed by a wise man on Twitter is, "Who shook the jar?"  Could it be that the Divine "shakes the jar" to ultimately create UNITY? Could it be?

Is humanity too fragile, sensitive and numb to see it?  Isn't it all a form of self-hatred to some extent?

It's not one individual or group being better than the other. It's one individual or group feeling a sense of or having a need to feel superior over another individual or group. That's what racism is.

Does it matter who shook the jar at all? No. Perhaps the next time, we can all stop to see the catalyst behind the Hand that shook the jar is "we" ourselves. 

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! Psalm 133:1

When we learn to see and love ourselves in every living creature, we can see the UNITY in our existence. By doing so, we can stop destroying ourselves, our planet, and each other.

Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him. Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the LORD. Leviticus 19:17-18

Know thyself. LOVE thyself. Respect thyself.

Only then can you truly love and respect your neighbor. That LOVE truly is DIVINE.

Love & Peace,

LeTicia Lee

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