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Friday, January 25, 2008

Who Knew?

Oy. The "Stop Snitching!" movement may find its roots in shul.  Awkward.

Posted by Administrators on January 25, 2008 at 12:28 AM in Current Affairs | Permalink


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It's actually a very interesting analogy. As noted in the Forward piece, mesira arose out of a socio-political context in which Jews had very good reason to be suspicious and fearful of secular authorities. The relationship of today's "ghetto" communities to the official legal system isn't so different -- for inner-city African-Americans, the police and other official authorities don't appear to offer much protection, but do represent an omnipresent threat. As the Salon article notes, the heavy reliance on "snitches" has had terrible consequences for these communities, and the "Stop Snitching" movement has to be understood in relation to the policies and practices of official legal authorities.

Anyway, very interesting link. Thanks.

Posted by: eric | Jan 25, 2008 9:17:05 AM

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