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Flora defends Jersey City BOE member’s Anti-Semitic Facebook post

By Nikita Biryukov, December 31 2019 12:07 pm

House candidate John Flora defended Jersey City School Board member Joan Terrell-Paige after an anti-Semitic Facebook post she made drew calls for her resignation from Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop and Gov. Phil Murphy.

“Rather than hastily demanding her resignation,” said Flora, “this was an ideal moment for our locally elected to sit down with Mrs. Terrell, clarify her statements, and be prepared to demonstrate empathy. Was she still processing the event? Did it traumatize her? Did it remind her of years of trauma that her Greeneville neighbors experienced?”

Following a shooting at a kosher market that ended with six dead earlier this month, Terrell-Paige made a Facebook post that asked what message the two shooters were hoping to send.

“Where was all this faith and hope when Black homeowners were threatened, intimidated, and harassed by I WANT TO BUY YOUR HOUSE brutes of the jewish community,” she wrote in the since-deleted post.

Flora, a Jersey City teacher, said criticism of the school board member’s post was due but also missed the mark.

“I can see why some people said her comments lacked sensitivity. She shouldn’t have directly asked ‘what is the message [that the shooters] were sending?’ But there still remains a bigger conversation to be had by the city and the school district alike” Flora said. “The Black community has been plagued by violence and a sense of abandonment for decades. Tragedies happen all the time in certain areas of Jersey City without any national attention. There is an outcry for help here we can no longer ignore.”

Flora is mounting a primary challenge to Rep. Donald Payne Jr.

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10 thoughts on “Flora defends Jersey City BOE member’s Anti-Semitic Facebook post

  1. It is disgraceful that this defender of an apologist for murderous antisemitism is a teacher.
    Decent residents will vote to defeat Flora.

    1. You odviously don’t have a clue what you talking about! Mr. Floral has made it clear as to what he was attempting to convey! Why are you still twisting what he says and then express what the tenth congressional boters will do in that election. You probably not even from our nrighborhood. We know Mr. Flora and we understand his message and committment to all of Jersey City resident. Did any condem Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef for calling Black Children Monkeys? How do you feel about a Rabbi or anyone referring to people as monkeys?

  2. The antisemitism in the African-American community needs to be addressed. Why is bigotry in the white community bad, but bigotry in the African-American community just fine?

  3. John Flora’s statement is surely based on political opportunism . He is a Democrat running in the 10th District. His platform focuses on the Green New Deal, Medicare for all, and gun reform. Thus Green foremost, and we know what is associated with being Green today. He used this opportunity to be in the ‘news’ and now I know he is no friend of my.

  4. Here’s the disgusting thing Mr. Flora saying in effect: “I don’t know the individual Jews who the antisemites came to murder, I don’t have the least idea whether those individuals ever did the least bad thing to anybody else, but as regards Ms. Terrell-Paige saying that the killers had a point in seeking out individual Jews to kill them, I think she should be rewarded with empathy and discussion meetings.”
    Mr. Flora is a politician, trying to get elected to Congress, and that’s the garbage idea he’s peddling in this instance.
    He is pandering to bigots in hopes they will vote for him.

  5. “The Black community has been plagued by violence and a sense of abandonment for decades. Tragedies happen all the time in certain areas of Jersey City without any national attention. There is an outcry for help here we can no longer ignore.”

    I’m trying to imagine what the response would have been if a white Republican had made a similar statement after Charleston by turning it into a pity party for whites in their grievances. Started talking about white on white violence and how nobody really cares.
    The fact is blacks are still complaining about similar terrorism whites committed against them a hundred years ago. then they turn around and do the same thing and 3 hours later they’re over it. Pathetic

  6. These quotes were my response to politicians calling for her resignation from afar. My initial statement denounced anti-Semitism and said an attack on one is an attack on all. The press didn’t include any of that in this article, but rather chose to focus on our follow-up statement to the politicians demanding her resignation without first talking to her to better understand what she was referencing in her neighborhood. Would her immediate resignation have improved relations btwn. these 2 communities? Maybe the opposite. The next school board mtg had to be cancelled because of local tension. Just look at what happened days later in NYC.

  7. “My initial statement denounced anti-Semitism and said an attack on one is an attack on all.”

    Vague general (token) condemnations are worse than useless if followed up by statements which are seen as making excuses for murderous bigotry.

    “The press didn’t include any of that in this article, but rather chose to focus on our follow-up statement to the politicians demanding her resignation without first talking to her to better understand what she was referencing in her neighborhood”

    Does Flora really believe that is was necessary to speak to someone who not only repeats but endorses the anti-Jewish lies in question to “better understand” that a number of African Americans in the community in question have a strong sense of grievance and that some have genuine grievances?

    Instead of denouncing attempts to blame the Jewish community as a whole for the bad actions of a few businessmen, whether Jewish or non Jewish – white or African American – Flora is still trying to excuse this apologist for the antisemitic murderers.

    “Would her immediate resignation have improved relations btwn. these 2 communities? Maybe the opposite. The next school board mtg had to be cancelled because of local tension. Just look at what happened days later in NYC.”

    There is a principle in a civilised society that a political office holder who makes excuses for racist murders and/or who gives credence to the lies used to justify them should not be allowed to continue in that position – whatever ethnic or religious group that persons belongs to. The immediate resignation of this vile Jew-hater would have sent a strong message.

    Instead of this, this unrepentant apologist for racism when directed against Jews does not have to answer for her actions, thus sending the message that there are no consequences for antisemitism committed by certain members of a favoured group.

    in conclusion, it is despicable to imply that Jewish people who insisted that she should resign on her resignation contributed to local tension and even played a part in “what happened days later in NYC”.

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