In “Speaking unfairly for Dr. King” (Editorial, Jan. 24), there are many issues NJJN failed to mention in the tepid reaction to the New York Times’ “Break the Silence on Palestine” op-ed by Michelle Alexander. While opining that Alexander added “more noise but little insight, doubly so because of her unfortunate invoking of Dr. King,” NJJN did not use her comparison to express outrage that she should fantasize that she has some moral equivalency with the late civil rights leader.
Alexander is criticized that “the conflict remains one of the world’s most complex, but Ms. Alexander sees only one culprit: an immoral, uncaring Israel.” There is no complexity as to why Alexander has only “one culprit”; it is simple, as that is a clear definition of anti-Semitism. Yes, such a myopic view of the conflict and seeing only one side is just too classically the sign of a bigot that it is hard to evade contemplating that comparison.
NJJN’s editorial was too kind to the malevolence expressed by Alexander and totally failed to implicate the New York Times.