When Jamie Foxx posted on Instagram about a friend’s betrayal, many thought he was speaking about Jews when he wrote, “They killed Jesus.” The Jews killing Jesus is a false narrative that’s been spread for millennia, so it’s understandable that those words may strike a chord in the Jewish community.
In reality, Foxx was using an expression that’s common in Black American church communities about fake friends. It was a misunderstanding that got ugly quickly — especially in the comments section where many express disdain at Foxx even needing to apologize and further spreading antisemitic sentiments.
The comments section stands on its own and represents a lot of the issues we have in society today. Both Black and Jewish communities are victims in myriad situations and sometimes it can turn into a case of ‘Who has it worse.’
Allison Josephs spoke about the incident on TMZ this week which aired nationally on Fox affiliates yesterday. She expressed that the message was initially shocking because of that trope that’s been around for so long as well as the sensitivity we’re still reeling from after Kanye West posted actual blatant antisemitic things. Jews are the minority with the most attacks against them at this point, so it makes sense that we would be up in arms to protect ourselves.
In reality, the meaning of what Foxx posted had nothing to do with the Jews and Foxx is said to be a friend and supporter of the Jewish community. It was a misunderstanding on both sides and what needs to happen now is that Jews and Blacks need to speak to each other and work together to unite instead of further distance ourselves from each other.
“We can each learn and reach out to a friend and do that in our own world,” Allison Josephs shares after she reached out to her own Black Jewish friend when this happened. “Reach out to someone from a different background from you and learn what you don’t know.”