Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Left's Antisemitism

A lot of articles have come out recently on antisemitism in liberal and further-left circles, and I'm going to need my fellow gentiles to pay attention. I know it seems weird. I grew up in a Protestant Christian family without any Jewish people in my life. Some of my classmates might have been Jewish but I would not have known. I learned of course about WWII and global antisemitism, but our teachers and history books made it seem like antisemitism was a relic of the past.

It's not. And it's not only alive in extremist groups of white supremacists and nazis. It exists all over the political spectrum, though, as usual, we on the left might be less willing to admit to it.

Please read these articles uplifting Jewish voices:

We Need To Talk About The Left's Antisemitism

The Left’s Blind Spot: Anti-Semitism

It's important to be aware that to blatant anti-semites like neo-nazis, Jewish people are not really viewed as "white" despite often having light-toned skin. At the same time, Jewish people of color exist - that is, black Jewish people, Latinx Jewish people, Native Jewish people, East Asian Jewish people, etc. It's a little bit complicated, and being an absolutely white gentile (non-Jewish person), I am not to be a part of any discussion of the whiteness of Jewish individuals, if there is such a thing.

What I will say is that us leftist gentiles need to get over our bafflement at the stubborn existence of antisemitism (I know I know it doesn't make sense just shhhh) and just listen to Jewish people. We need to be more aware of the Jewish individuals in our communities and how they're being affected. We need to be aware that someone who appears white might not have all the privilege in a white supremacist society that we think they do. In these fucked up times, take some energy and dedicate it to reading the words and listening to the voices of Jewish people, and do it soon.

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