Statement on the Killings of Alton B. Sterling, Philando Castile and the Five Dallas Police Officers

The Workmen’s Circle extends our deepest sympathies to the families of Alton B. Sterling, Philando Castile and the five police officers murdered in Dallas last night. We believe that no matter how real and horrendous a problem might be, that a cause is never advanced by additional violence and killings.

At the same time we are angered, horrified, and saddened by the clearly unjustified killings of two more African-American men at the hands of the police. We add our voices to the roar of outrage coming from many sections of society.

As Jews, we understand that there is a slippery slope from systemic individual killings to further heinous acts that can, and have in the past, led to mass genocide. As Yiddishists, we say genug: enough. We invite you to share our message, to tell the world we’ve all had enough.

We have had enough of the present cycle of violence. It must be stopped now. And it can only be stopped when all public officials refrain from creating an atmosphere of hate and instead work to create an atmosphere and concrete legislation where these acts of racism and violence become rare exceptions and not the norm.

We hope that those public officials who have blocked potential legislation, such as gun control and accountability for law enforcement personnel, understand that they share guilt with the officers who killed Alton B. Sterling and Philando Castile and the snipers who murdered the police officers in Dallas.

While many voices of protest and outrage have been raised, we must be louder. We call on all public figures and all citizens to condemn the murders of Alton B. Sterling, Philando Castile, the five police officers in Dallas, and all similar actions immediately. We also stand in solidarity with our partners in the Jewish community as we join together in that call.