Today, Jerusalem Post published an article titled "Jewish convert actor Yaphet Kotto dies at 81" as a way to report on the news of Yaphet Kotto's death.
Yaphet Kotto was a renowned Black Jewish actor who had roles in movies such as Alien, The Running Man, and Blue Collar. His accomplishments as a Black Jewish actor in the White Supremacist framework of Hollywood number the stars. However, Jerusalem Post makes no mention of any of his life's work in the headline, and instead, chooses to identify him solely as "Jewish convert actor".
This is despite Kotto being a patrilineal Jew with origins in Cameroon; the only connection Kotto had to conversion was his mother's conversion upon marriage to Kotto's father; Kotto has enumerated several times that he is a patrilineal Jew. Not only was Kotto a patrilineal Jew, but he was also a matrilineal Jew due to his mother's conversion.
Thus, the headline in Jerusalem post does several things. First, it assumes that because Kotto was a Black Jew, he must have been a convert, it also implies that patrilineal Judaism is not a valid form of Judaism, that one's mother being a convert makes the individual in question a convert, and, lastly, it engages in anti-convert sentiment by othering Kotto in a headline about his death.
Several prominent Jewish online figures, particularly Black Jews on Twitter, have commented on the situation, identifying the anti-Blackness and anti-convert sentiment from Jerusalem Post.
Ultimately, Yaphet Kotto was a celebrated actor, and his Jewishness allows me to to say, "Baruch Dayan Emet"; Blessed is the True Judge, may his memory be for a blessing.