antisemitism: the “acceptable” discrimination

The problem is that we don’t like to think of oppression of Jewish people to be a huge problem because we like to think of Jews as doing economically well compared to other ethnic minorities in the United States. From this idea emerges the common stereotype of the rich, greedy Jew. From there, the stereotype grows and the fear of Jew spreads. Jews are disloyal and only out for themselves. Jews control the media, so Jews are to blame for everything that’s wrong with society. In fact, they are responsible for the destruction of society, because they control the government and all businesses! Jews are an inferior race. Jews are responsible for disease, like the Black Plague. Jews are vulgar and will rape your children. All Jews have horns on their head because they are the Devil. Jews are responsible for 9/11. Jews only create trouble wherever they go, and Hitler may have had the right idea. (That was an anonymous message I actually received.) Actually, the Holocaust didn’t really happen; Jews are just exaggerating to gain world sympathy. The world would be better off if Jews didn’t exist. Jews are evil — they killed Jesus!

Are you starting to see where the problem is? These stereotypes separate Jews from the rest of society. Jews effectively become The Other. We are not necessarily perceived as white (or black or brown or whatever skin color we are): we are Jews. Evil. Subhuman. And it grows violent quickly. Think about it: if you believe these things and were working alongside a Jewish person, would you trust them? Would you feel justified in anything negative said or done against a Jewish person?

Until antisemitism stops existing completely, it is always something that we should be concerned about. The history of the Jewish people has shown us how quickly simple dislike can turn violent.

—Jackie Klein, Feminspire.com

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…what ARE you??

it’s the searching that lets me know…

their eyes seek to justify their understanding of what i am.

they aren’t looking at me, seeing me, they are trying to search through me.

i’m not a person, to them, i’m a puzzle.

so call me a kike today,

and a white oppressor tomorrow,

because it was never about me anyway.

as if u knew anything

I wish so much that I could say,

“no one can take your truth away from you”

but the truth is,

that isn’t true.

they take my truth away from me

in small increments

every day.

they make me question myself

my identity

my thoughts

my beliefs.

they tell me that I am not real,

that my reality is a fiction.

I try so hard to hold on to my truth,

but the truth is that I’m afraid

it might already be gone.

my identity is not a math problem

my identity is not a math problem

it cannot be reduced

or tokenized to fit your specific agenda

it cannot be quantified

to make you feel more comfortable, there are no degrees of my identity, I am whole

it requires no proof

or explanation, my existence is elegant proof enough of the beauty and wholeness of my identity

it cannot be divided

into parts for you to dissect and try to understand piece by piece, my identity is whole in itself and cannot be any other way

it is no mystery or puzzle to be solved

my identity is not for you in any way, it is for me and for my brothers and sisters only

my identity is not a math problem.