Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush posted a photo of Palestinian photo-journalist Hamde Abu Rahma on his Instagram page 2 days ago. Abu Rahma held a sign reading “The Palestinian people know what mean to be shot while unarmed because of your ethnicity #Ferguson #Justice.”
No matter who you are, what color skin you have, where you live, we are all in this together! this isn’t a Ferguson problem it’s a Global Problem! We need change NOW! What happened to humanity? #JusticeForMikeBrown
TMZ picked it up and it’s going viral with a screaming headline REGGIE BUSH COMPARES MIKE BROWN TO PALESTINIANS:
Reggie Bush just compared Ferguson to Israel — suggesting Israelis are shooting unarmed Palestinians … the same way Officer Darren Wilson shot Mike Brown.
Predictably Abe Foxman issued a press release telling Bush he should “stick to football” among other things. Guess who saw that coming:
Pro-Israel groups will try to silence @ReggieBush & tell him to stick to football. A guy used to taking on 250lb linebackers shouldnt flinch
— (((YousefMunayyer))) (@YousefMunayyer) November 26, 2014
Foxman makes the argument this has nothing to do with ethnicity, ( wrong week for that Abe) and Bush has a “severe lack of understanding”. We don’t make this stuff up. This has all the makings of a train wreck, and just in time for Thanksgiving football too.
— Jewish Voice for Peace (@jvplive) November 27, 2014
I don’t think Reggie Bush has any plans on backing down, instead, he’s doubling down.
Someday, the tide will turn. When Martin said the arc of the moral universe bends towards justice, he meant justice for Mike Brown and justice for Palestinians and justice for every oppressed person.
If all goes as planned, Reggie Bush will play in tomorrow’s NFL Thanksgiving game, the Detroit Lions against the Chicago Bears. I know who I’ll be rooting for.
(H/t Ofer Neiman)