Maybe we can “bend” the Constitution and make him President in three years
Just kidding. But he is impressive.
Wouldn’t that be something? A black, Hasidic Jew, from Iowa. Sounds like a sci-fi novel.
A minority among minorities, Yosef Abrahamson opens minds
Thoughtful, cool, almost cerebral, Yosef Abrahamson is not your average Crown Heights Brooklyn Lubavitcher Chasidic Orthodox Jewish black teen Republican from Omaha, Nebraska. Then again, the 17-year-old two-time winner of the NYPD’s “Commissioner for a Day” essay contest is not exactly average anything, either.
Born in Omaha into an unbroken matrilineal line descended from German Jewish immigrants and raised by his devoted mom, long-time Nebraska GOP activist and national delegate Dinah Abrahamson, along with older sister Sarah, Yosef grew up in the Cornhusker State’s Republican Party. In the state’s GOP, Yosef joined his mother in hobnobbing with such heavyweights as Hal Daub, Mike Johanns, Lee Terry and later, George W. Bush, over a lifetime of political activism.
Who is Yosef Abrahamson? What drives him?
Well, in what aspect of life do you mean? Of course, here [in yeshivah high school in Crown Heights] what drives me is wanting to grow more in learning and Torah, and in the political sense, just wanting to see what’s going on and having a part in the direction the world is taking.
So you want to put down political roots here?
Do you see yourself running for City Council or Mayor in New York eventually?
I don’t know about New York, but… I don’t know. The actually running thing is very difficult for me to wrap my mind around even though I love being a part of helping the right candidate get into office, but I’m not sure if I would 100% want to actually be a politician; for now I’m just content watching and helping as best I can these great people shape the country.
Why do people equate conservatives with Republicans?
Probably because Republicans and conservatives do have a lot of the same interests at heart, but [from] a Democratic standpoint I could see it as someone who is a potential opponent for them, and worldwide I think it’s just because they do share a lot of the same values.
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So I’m going to Hip Hop Republican to learn more. And here he is.
What are the unique challenges of being a black Orthodox Jewish Republican teenager?
People ask questions, and I guess some people don’t think that if you’re dark-skinned now in this era that you should support someone that’s not black, let’s say, as in President Obama as president: we were strongly for McCain. So I guess that sorta had people kinda strung the wrong way but really, you have to look at the issues and what each candidate stands for, and that’s the most important thing. Skin color shouldn’t have anything to do with that. And as for [being] Jewish, of course you have to look at our heritage as Jews and the message that we stand for as Chasids [sic] and have to incorporate that into who should lead the country and so on and so forth.
What would be the biggest stereotype you’ve helped shatter, then?
Hmmm…. I’m guessing that “someone dark-skinned can’t be Jewish.” I was born Jewish, my mother’s line straight directly through, and complexion shouldn’t have anything to do with that …. That’s probably the biggest stereotype that I’m hoping has been shattered and continues to be shattered.
So where are you getting it worse from? From Jewish people who never saw a black Jew, or blacks who never saw a black Jew?
It’s really been not so in your face as people would have you think. People do occasionally come and ask questions, “How can you be Jewish and dark-skinned?”
Is that black or Jewish?
More black people, ’cause they see me with my [traditional Chasidic] black hat and jacket, but I just explain to them the background and more or less, they get it.
Where sort of future do you envision for the Republican Party?
Hopefully we can get all the stormy weather clear and we can go back to being the dominant party, because the Republican Party really has the best ethics and values of anyone out there right now. We just have to reestablish that and come back stronger, which I think we’ll do in the coming years once we see that the other side’s ideas aren’t working, as is being shown right now. It’s just not working. And our ideas work.
How do you get the message out that the [Democratic] ideas don’t work? Because the majority of America wouldn’t really agree with that.
It’s starting to show now, subtle things are showing that some of the ideas the Democrats have aren’t clicking with the country. This recession is not getting any better right now. We have to put forth the ideas and show that our message is the stronger one, and that’s how Republicans get back into the position of leading this country.
He’s only 17. I hope and pray that he has a wonderful future.