For Immediate Release
Earlier this month, New Tolerance Campaign launched an initiative empowering concerned citizens to send emails to the Jersey City Board of Education pushing for Joan Terrell-Paige’s resignation. Over 1,700 people have sent emails through NTC’s campaign, but Terrell-Paige remains in her position.
NTC’s next step is to empower its concerned activists to call out the people making excuses for Terrell-Paige’s racism.
On Dec. 18th, the Hudson County Democratic Black Caucus issued a statement that begins by saying that they “[do] not condone hatred towards any group.” It then spends the rest of its words trivializing Joan Terrell-Paige’s hateful words towards Jewish people by dismissing them in the name of another cause.
Imagine a situation in which an elected Jersey City leader blamed the city’s crime on its black community, and people rushed to the leader’s defense by saying that, in the words of the Hudson County Democratic Black Caucus’ statement, “While we do not agree with the delivery of the statement,” the leader “has heightened awareness around issues that must be addressed.” Would the black community – and all peace-loving communities – accept anything less than that person’s resignation? NTC wouldn’t.
There would be a national outcry. Every principled person would insist on immediate resignation. That’s why NTC is providing people with an easy, quick and effective way to contact all 6 signers of this despicable statement with just a few clicks and tell them to take their words back.
NTC issued the following statement:
“The right course of action for all Jersey City leaders including the Hudson County Democratic Black Caucus is to call for Terrell Paige’s resignation. That is why New Tolerance Campaign is asking its supporters to email the signers of the unacceptable statement, demanding both a retraction and a public statement calling for Terrell-Paige’s resignation. We will not let this blatant racism be forgotten while Terrell-Paige remains in a position of power over the city’s youth, especially those from the Jewish community which she grotesquely maligned.”
The call-to-action page can be found at: https://newtolerance.org/topcampaign/tell-jersey-city-leaders-to-stop-protecting-anti-semitism/