NAACP and ADL joining forces to combat hate

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 NAACP New Jersey State Conference of the and the Anti-Defamation League New York/New Jersey (Photos courtesy of New Brunswick Area NAACP and ADL New York / New Jersey)
By Bradford Mason
Managing Editor

The NAACP and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) are vowing to fight hate and racism in the wake of the mass shooting targeting a Jewish supermarket last month in Jersey City.

During a press conference this week, the NAACP New Jersey State Conference and ADL New York/New Jersey announced a partnership to deal with the problem. The organizations will work together on civil rights issues, host a series of listening sessions and work with elected officials on educating them about hate crimes.

On Dec. 10, suspects David Anderson and Francine Graham, who were Black, fatally shot Jersey City Police Detective Joseph Seals. Anderson and Graham then drove to JC Kosher Supermarket on Martin Luther King Drive where they shot fatally shot three other people including a 33-year-old female store owner, a 49-year-old male employee, and a 24-year-old male customer.

The organizations also addressed the recent social media comments made by Jersey City Board of Education member Joan Terrell-Paige. After the shooting, Terrell-Paige, who is Black, posted, “Where was all this faith and hope when black homeowners were threatened, intimidated and harassed by I WANT TO BUY YOUR HOUSE brutes of the Jewish community."

Elected officials condemned the comment calling for her resignation. Terrell-Paige has not apologized and has not stepped down.

"To the Jewish community in New Jersey, I want you to know that the NAACP stands with you in this challenging time," NAACP New Jersey President Richard Smith said. "I unequivocally condemn the anti-Semitic remarks. The stereotyping and scapegoating of Jews that we see in anti-Semitism is all-too-familiar and connected to the racism that we confront."

ADL regional director for New Jersey and New York  Evan Bernstein, said that Black and Jewish community have a history of coming together. 

“There’ve been so many people in our communities, our collective communities, saying that the Black and Jewish relationship is not as strong as it once was,” he said. “We wanted to show that that is not the case, and that there is a working partnership.”

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