A Solidarity Ribbon
Most people recognize at least one of these men from this iconic photo taken in 1965. But the white man standing with Dr. King, the man who said “When I marched in Selma, I felt my legs were praying,” was friend and fellow prophet Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.
Jewish people and African Americans have a long and storied past of both unity and division. Perhaps more than ever, the brutal, inhumane murder of George Floyd brought out the largest Jewish outcry and action since the Civil Rights Movement.
“…lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen.” Deuteronomy 4:7-9
After George Floyd was brutally murdered, and we learned more about Brianna Taylor and Rayshard Brooks, we thought of the Jewish ritual of tearing a piece of black cloth and attaching it to our clothing as a sign of our mourning.
Extrapolating from this custom we created the WE MOURN TOO Ribbon to visibly show our Black Sisters and Brothers that we are mourning with them because their deaths belong to all of us – to our American family.
PLEASE JOIN US!!! Email: Wear the WE MOURN TOO solidarity ribbon. Steer others to our website. Ask your synagogues, Jewish organizations and potential white allies, individuals and groups to become involved. Spread the word on Twitter and Instagram.
We’re on Twitter – We Mourn Too @TooMourn and
Instagram - #WeMournToo.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
As we march, see one another on Zoom, or pass on the street, the We Mourn Too Ribbon is a way of visibly saying: We stand with you. We honor you. We have your back. WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER!
Don’t let the virus stop you from finding ways to distribute the WMT ribbon.
• Talk to social justice groups.
• Ask non-Jewish white allies who support BLM.
• Keep another ribbon with you so that when someone asks you about yours, you can offer one to them.
• Do you have a Jewish legislator, someone in local government, or city council member? Send them a ribbon asking them to wear it.
• Spread the word to friends here and in other states and countries.
• Contact Jewish publications and newspapers to spread word about the ribbon.