January 14, 2021 

Manisha Sunil, West End Strategy Team; Phone: 202-417-0171

Rabbi Jack Moline: Bad Faith Attacks on Kristen Clarke “both racist and anti-Semitic”

WASHINGTON — In response to bad faith attacks on Kristen Clarke’s reputation as a champion of civil and human rights, Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, released the following statement:

Kristen Clarke, President-elect Biden’s nominee for assistant attorney general for civil rights, has acknowledged and shown remorse for her involvement in endorsing an anti-Semitic speaker as an undergraduate in 1994. Since then, she has been an increasingly respected champion of civil and human rights during her decades as an attorney. 

The notion that poor judgment as a young person is a permanent blemish on an adult is a common accusation. In my experience, it is most often hurled by people unable to pass the same test themselves. When the accusation includes weaponizing the very real concerns of people of conscience, it surpasses hypocrisy and enters the realm of cynical exploitation. But when it is deployed for purely political purposes to drive a wedge between historical allies, it is bigotry.

The attempt to sow distrust between an outspoken Black woman and the Jewish community is both racist and anti-Semitic. And the claim that mistakes are ineradicable – especially after contrition – flies in the face of the teachings of the faith traditions and moral philosophies alike. They should be rejected.

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