Two Brothers on Trial for Beating Black Teen While ‘Patrolling’ Their Neighborhood

Opening statements in the trial of two Jewish brothers – Avi and Eliyahu Werdesheim – accused of beating a black teenager while “patrolling” their Baltimore neighborhood will begin today.

24 year-old Eliyahu was apparently a member of Shomrim,  an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood watch group. He confronted 15 year-old Corey Ausby while patrolling his Park Heights neighborhood, proclaiming “you don’t belong around here.” Allegedly, He and his brother Avi proceeded to assault Ausby, throwing him to the ground and even hitting him in the head with a radio.


Drake is clearly the most divisive figure in Hip Hop today.

And I’m trying to figure out why.

Now the easy answer is folks just ain’t feeling his music. But I’m not convinced. I know so many Hip Hop fans that really just don’t like Drake. By that I mean the very idea of Drake. Half white. Canadian. Middle class. Kinda clean-cut. Child actor. Always crooning. And pouting. And emo and shit. He’s almost the exact opposite of what our concept of an emcee has always been.

And that’s what’s so interesting about him. Like it or not, he’s breaking the mold. And he’s winning.

So don’t fight the feeling. And get comfortable.

Because Drake is coming into his own; and he’s about to go to the next level.

And here’s why…

Jew Hip Black Hop

Bonded by our survival of near extinctions, Jews and Blacks always leveled with agendas for ending racism. For decades this linkage of two Diasporas endured the normal strains of any relationship; specifically, numerous occasions influenced separation of the two groups with an unbreakable extension of the nasty racial myths behind both groups. However, during times when Hip Hop—a creation of Black culture—offers its home to the international community, the historical Black-Jewish relationship becomes more prevalent. Images of Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Luther King Jr. marching together reincarnate in the center of Hip Hop life, the cipher circle. Cipher circles from Israel/Palestine to South Africa to the States are all about intimacy, but closeness is always a neighbor to vulnerability. The same symbol of acceptance and alliance, at the same time reminds the community of the hatred Blacks and Jews once had for each other.