Jewish National Teachers’ Union Head Says Jews are Part of Oppressor Class
AFT president Randi Weingarten: “American Jews are now part of the ownership class”
The pathetic story of how Jews in positions of leadership and trust have casually betrayed their own community continues. Now, one of the most powerful figures in the field of public education has openly endorsed the canard that it is justifiable for Jews to be seen as part of the rapacious “1%.”
In an April 1 interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), Randi Weingarten, the Jewish president of the 1.7 million-strong American Federation of Teachers (AFT) — the country’s second-largest teachers’ union — said that “American Jews are now part of the ownership class.”
This was said in the context of America’s parents wanting their children to go back to school after spending more than a year at home learning on Zoom due to the pandemic. As the JTA wrote, “It’s a question that angers Weingarten — and she has a specific message for U.S. Jews who have joined in the criticism [of the AFT’s opposition to opening schools].”
“What I hear when I hear that question,” Weingarten continued, “is that those who are in the ownership class now want to take the ladder of opportunity away from those who do not have it.” This is a truly despicable statement.
It implies that Jews represent that malignant “class” of people who “want to take that ladder of opportunity away from those who do not have it.”
Furthermore, it is an endorsement of the oldest conspiracy theory in the history of modern anti-Semitism: the greedy Jew as apex of the “oppressor” cabal oppressing the “workers.” Karl Marx — one of history’s most influential self-loathing Jews — forever popularized this idea in his infamous 1843 essay “On the Jewish Question,” where he wrote that “What is the secular basis of Judaism? Practical need, self-interest. What is the worldly religion of the Jew? Huckstering. What is his worldly God? Money.” His conclusion: “The social emancipation of the Jew is the emancipation of society from Judaism.” The National Socialist German Workers Party believed every word of this, and duly followed Marx’s advice a century later.
This is not the first time Weingarten, whose opinions shape the lives and futures of tens of millions of American children, has dallied with chic anti-Semitism. On December 10, 2018, she tweeted a photograph of herself together with well-known anti-Semites Linda Sarsour — an unapologetic supporter of anti-Jewish terrorism — and Tamika Mallory — a devotee of Louis Farrakhan. “While we don’t agree on everything,” she wrote, “@Lsarsour and @TamikaDMallory are warriors for social justice and I am honored to know them and work with them & call them friends.” Weingarten is now an open enemy of the Jewish people, and should be known and treated as such.
As APT has documented, this is also not the first time a Jewish leader placed in a position of exceptional trust and influence has abused that position for the purpose of promoting extreme leftist ideas which are in direct opposition to Jewish values. Rabbi Toba Spitzer of Congregation Dorshei Tzedek in Newton, Massachusetts, almost precisely echoed Weingarten when she said in 2017 that “The Jewish community in Boston is… disproportionately well-off. I think that real change is going to require that we give up some of that economic privilege.”
While Rabbi Spitzer, however respected, is just one demented rabbi in New England, Randi Weingarten is a national leader whose anti-capitalist, anti-Jewish ideas are known to be poisoning our children’s minds across the nation, including in Newton, where we at APT have spent years documenting the use of anti-Israel curriculum in the public high schools.
The lesson: Jews who leave traditional Judaism are easily and often seduced by competing world-views promising to explain the totality of life. The most popular replacements since the Enlightenment are of the globalist/Marxist variety which deem the Jewish sense of peoplehood a parochial crime. As Dennis Prager says, “You can take the ‘Jew’ out of Judaism, but not the ‘ism.’”