internalized anti semitism

If you can understand how Muslims have been racialized through the way North Americans see race but you refuse to admit that Jews are an ethnoreligious group and not just a religion that people of different racial backgrounds adhere to, your problem isn’t just that you don’t understand how to perform a basic google search, but that you have internalized western anti-Semitism, and your social justice is bullshit.

If you erase the historical and ethnic roots of a marginalized group to fit your wild prejudices about them and think that it’s okay because instead of using their name, you use other names that only hint at them (Jew vs Zionist, Zio, Rothschild, etc.) you are an anti-Semite and your social justice is bullshit.

anonymous asked:

After reading your post I now feel bad for some of my anti-Semitic beliefs I used to hold. What can I do to help the Jewish community?

Well, realizing you have these beliefs is a good first step, but be aware that something as internalized as anti-semitism isn’t going to go away overnight. You can’t just make a loaf or two of challah and cleanse yourself of all your anti-semitism. Just like with all prejudices, you’re going to have to really be honest with yourself and work through it on a deeper level than sending tumblr anons.

However, that being said, there are some concrete ways to get more involved in the community and be an ally.

If you’re talking about just generally cutting out anti semitism, here are some ways to be an ally:

  • call people out when they make anti semitic remarks. 
  • do not ever, under any circumstances, make holocaust jokes.
  • do not use the K word
  • don’t mock religious practices or appearance 
  • protect your jewish friends if you feel they are unsafe
  • don’t “out” somebody as jewish. 
  • don’t ever go up to somebody and ask them is they are jewish. it’s just rude and scary
  • most jewish people don’t like being called “jews” by gentiles
  • we are not Israeli politicians. don’t ask about zionism all the time. don’t always bring up Palestine  

If you want to be more involved in Jewish-run charities and organizations, I recommend checking out your local synagogues. Most temples do a lot of community outreach such as food drives, volunteer work, etc. And it’s open to anybody, regardless of religion.

If you want to learn more about Jewish history and culture, here are some educational books I recommend:

  • My People: The Story of The Jews by Abba Eban 
  • I Am Jewish by Daniel Pearlman 
  • Rediscovering the Jewish Holidays by Nina Beth Cardin
  • Basic Judaism For Young People (Volumes One, Two and Three) by Naomi Pasachoff
Most productions of The Merchant of Venice are directed by non-Jews and feature non-Jewish actors in the roles of Shylock, Tubal, and Jessica. Almost all that I have encountered are symptomatic of the average non-Jew’s utter inability to confront their own internalized anti-Semitism. Shylock is either a stoop-shouldered, doe-eyed Holocaust victim stand in, there to provide the suffering porn white audiences so enjoy, or he is stripped of any and all recognizable Jewishness so that the audience can ignore him and focus on Portia.  I suppose I shouldn’t be too hard on these productions. For all that the “Jews control Hollywood,” Jewish representation in media hasn’t progressed that much since Queen Elizabeth I framed her Jewish doctor for murder.
—  A thing I just wrote

Have we forgotten where we come from? We have risen up against some of the most violent conquering armies ever assembled, played meaningful roles in revolutions throughout history, have been part of countless undergrounds, organized labor struggles, fought for civil rights, led student movements, stood up to Apartheid, and more. We are survivors of never-ending attempts to wipe out our people. We are famous for carrying humor, intelligence, and a commitment to truth as forms of resilience and resistance. I even read somewhere that the Romans used to think of us as innately rebellious.

We must become, once again, that rebellious tribe the Romans feared. We must acknowledge generational trauma so we can move past it, break open the ways we have internalized anti-Semitism so we can develop new practices instead. We must tell a different story about ourselves and invite the people around us be our allies in that reclamation. We must fight against anti-Semitism and demand that all our movements take responsibility for this alongside us. We must reclaim our identity.

Identity is not merely about recognition, or acceptance, or representation; it is about becoming a people again, about finding our potential within that, about power. We must acknowledge the advantages we’ve been given by this system so we can use them as weapons to destroy it. But we must also acknowledge that we are an oppressed people — not so that we can evade responsibility for the ways we are empowered, or use our victimhood to shame and tear others down — but so we can align ourselves deeply and authentically with the titanic struggles for collective freedom before us. It is the only way we will ever genuinely stand in solidarity with others, the only way we will truly become our most powerful selves, the only way we will become whole again.

And as we become whole, we can play an even more grounded role as partners in the struggle for a free Palestine by refusing to allow Israel and the US to shed blood in our name. We can show up in this moment for Black Lives as true partners, as we are being called upon to do. Those of us who are white can disrupt white supremacy by using the benefits it gives us as tools to destroy it, sabotage it by reclaiming our Jewishness and refusing to do its dirty work. We can make all the movements of which we are a part stronger, smarter, fiercer, kinder, and funnier. And we can reclaim the peoplehood that is at our fingertips, protect our people — love our people. We can even, perhaps, give ourselves permission to grieve — for ourselves and our children, but also for our Savtas and Sabbas who never got the chance.

“Toward the Next Jewish Rebellion: Facing Anti-Semitism and Assimilation in the Movement”

International Holocaust Day of Remembrance Rant

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. I’m more convinced than ever that it could happen here. I’m also convinced that if it were to happen here, the left would not support us.

There have been dozens of bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers in the US these past few weeks. Yet only two of my hundreds of goyische Facebook Friends said anything about it and one only knew because his niece went to pre-school at a JCC. It’s not common knowledge, but JCC’s actually provide services and facilities for non-Jews as well as Jews, including pre-K and daycare. Which meant that one of my FB friends was aware of it without affecting her.

I’ve seen dozens of articles talking about the ethics of protecting Nazis, but I’ve seen virtually nothing outside of the Jewish media about protecting Jews. I’ve heard nothing anywhere about anti-romani racism.

The American Left seems increasingly blind to antisemitism and has grown moreso over the course of my life. Instead, what I’ve seen is an increasing display of Oppression Olympics in which antisemitism seems to constantly lose. The Left doesn’t de-prioritize antisemitism in favor of other issues so much as utterly ignore it.

When I showed some friends the hate crime statistics from the FBI listing Jews as the number 1 target of religiously motivated hate crimes, being the target of over half of such crimes and being the third largest target overall after Black and LGBTQA people, my well-meaning lefty goy friends’ first reaction was not shock or horror but questioning the methodology of the data. And these are my friends. My actual friends, not internet acquaintances. These are people I went to college with and hang out with on a regular basis. 

Indeed, what I see happening is people continually downplaying Nazi antisemitism, despite the Nazis deliberately murdering 6 million Jews during the Holocaust, in favor of universalizing their hatred to include almost anyone except for Jews. I see dozens of repurposings of Niemoller’s “First they came for…” while somehow leaving Jews off the list.

It’s not like there haven’t been dozens of Swastikas painted all over the place since the Trump campaign kicked into high gear. It’s not like we haven’t had to evacuate our children from JCCs over bomb threats. It’s not like Nazis haven’t tried to organize armed marches to threaten Jews in Montana. 

So today, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, I’m calling non-Romani goyim out. Stop leaving Jews out. Stop talking around us. Stop lying about fighting antisemitism when you don’t even pay attention to it and ignore our concerns. Antisemitism neither began nor ended with the Holocaust, but the Holocaust shows us what can happen to us when hatred of Jews goes unchecked. 


These are just a few of examples.  Its a v active blog and I’m sure there are more hateful examples but I got tired of looking. One thing I noticed was how over and over again ppl expressed their disappointment with BC for getting married as a PR stunt. Its almost as if the internalized misogyny that’s been noticed when the Sherlock fandom (the tag we have for BBC Sherlock is filled with internalized misogyny, racialized misogyny against Lucy Liu, and misogynoir towards Sally Donovan) hated on Mary Morstan is now applicable to the BC’s rl fiance Sophie Hunter. 

They accused Mary Morstan of being selfish and not loving John, Now they’re accusing Sophie Hunter of being “hoity-toity” and expecting her to be rude to fans.  

Last thing that may have missed your attention, in the first picture there’s this phrase, “Evil Hollywood Overlord Harvey Weinstein” that’s anti-Semitism at its essence because he happened to grow up in a Jewish family in Flushing, NY (direct quote from link).  Here’s the Harvey Weinstein tag it’s filled with speculation that he set up Hunter and BC but beyond that its filled with speculation that BC is scared of him, as well as how Weinstein hired her to be a fiancee. They even want to end HW’s career

It’s a mess of submissions and the many anons but overall there’s a villain (Harvey Weinstein) hiring SH to be a beard for BC and the followers and the runner of the blog are still hoping their boy BC is gay. Gross.

i have a lot of passionate, excitable disjointed thoughts about jews in fantasy

jewish werewolves joking about a lunar calendar!!!

frantic rabbi’s daughters wanting to protect their homes and friends and families and crafting golems while dodging questions from too many nosy siblings!!

jewish vampires dealing with internalized anti-semitism!!!!!

jewish dragonslaying knights saying a shema before going into battle and flying banners emblazoned with a hamsa!!!

jewish princesses who turn away goyische suitors who cant appreciate their beautiful noses!!!!

bracha the dybbuk slayer!!!!!

Our inability, as young Jews in the movement today, to talk about anti-Semitism is a product of internalized anti-Semitism itself, and it is killing us. It puts us and our families at risk, weakens the political struggles of which we are a part, denies us our full agency, and makes it impossible for us to ask for help from our would-be allies.

So often, we collaborate with the silence around anti-Semitism, erase our own stakes in the struggles of which we’re a part, do everything we can to impress the non-Jews in the movement so they’ll keep us around. We perform our Jewishness for gentiles — tattooing our bodies with Jewish slogans about justice and making claims about how our ancestors wouldn’t stand for this sort of oppression — but put so little of ourselves in actual Jewish community. We spend our time surrounded by one another, because so many of us are drawn to the struggle for freedom and justice for all peoples, but we so rarely speak to each other as Jews, so rarely look each other in the eye — like scared high school sweethearts who put their heads down as they pass one another in the hall. When the movement asks us to prove we are Good Jews by taking personal responsibility for everything Israel does, we oblige, and wear our Jewishness full to the brim with shame. We even, when we are asked to, compare ourselves to the people who murdered our families in Europe.

anonymous asked:

A sjw just told me I, a disabled, lesbian Arkhanazi Jew who lost her grandparents to concentration camps, that I am a Nazi for listening to Rammstein(who are actually very anti-Nazism and are actually quite progressive and have a pro-gay song) and asked me why I have 'internalized anti-Semitism' but in the same breath said they don't like generalizing people.

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Jewish Comics Day: A Maximoff Memorial

This is pre-beta so it’ll probably be updated later but I really want to get my submission in for Jewish comics day because representation is something very close to my heart. There is some internalized anti semitism in here and it shows Pietro’s yahrzeit but it ends happily. Hope you enjoy!

When Pietro dies in May, there is hardly time to grieve. Wanda cries sometimes randomly throughout the summer, picking up her guitar and playing something he used to like, but then she is often forced to return to training, crises, and Stark’s latest mishugana plan. She doesn’t mind the big stuff, but she’s alone in a million small ways.

The rest of the team assumes she’s going for ambiance when she lights the candles on Friday nights and she doesn’t correct them. She already feels different enough. It’s easy to disappear on Rosh Hasanah and Yom Kippur, step into the back of a synagogue, and sit there until everyone else has left. In the synagogue, her accent is mirrored in the tones of the bubbes in front of her and she loves to listen to them talk after services about their grandchildren just to hear the familiar cadence.

Clint finds her lying on the roof on Sukkot. Even with her powers, she worries about constructing a Sukkah in the middle of New York City, but she decides to spend the night looking at the stars. He approaches quickly at first, thinking she’s injured by the way she’s trembling on the ground, tears down her cheeks. But soon he finds she’s lonely. She sits up when she notices his presence and he joins her on the ground. He wraps a jacket around her shoulders, it’s October in New York after all, and they talk.

“Shit, Wanda, you should have said,” Clint tells her, his hands expressively waving around as he talks, like they too might have powers attached.

“I didn’t want to bother anybody. Back in Sokovia, we practiced quietly, you know? It wasn’t a secret, but we didn’t want anybody making trouble either. During Sukkot we would go into the country and build a sukkah and lie in it all night. Mame would cook all day and we’d have a picnic. Pietro would always shake the lulav in my face. I used to get so mad…” she trailed off with a small giggle, then a sigh. “Those candles on Friday night? Those are Shabbos candles. That’s why I will not let them burn out.”

Clint looks at her for a moment and then nods in understanding. She’d always been weirdly protective of them. Now he knows why.

“So do you keep kosher or something? Should I stop making bacon in the morning? Because I have to tell you, I’m fine with it, but you might have to explain it to some of the guys,” he smiles at her, holding levity in his voice but looking at her with a sweet protectiveness. She smiles at the thought of him fighting Rhodey or Thor for her honor.

“No. We were not as observant as we could have been. But we kept the holidays. It was important to us. My grandmother…she escaped the war with numbers on her arm. Met my zeyde in Sokovia while looking for her parents. They were…not so lucky,” Wanda paused, taking in a deep breath of air and letting it out slowly. Subconsciously, she started moving the leaves on the roof gently around them. “They wanted to come here, ironically, but they had heard America had stopped taking people in and they decided to rebuild. But they always kept a suitcase packed in the closet and they stored food around the house like the apocalypse was coming”.

Clint just sat silently. His family had a boring immigration story comparatively. They had bought the farm in the 1800s that his family now lived on. He could see this was the missing piece to Wanda, the thing that made her make sense.

“Are you happy you’re here now?” he asks, curious as to how she truly felt about the transition. There wasn’t much home for her to return to if she wasn’t, but he felt he owed it to her brother to make sure she was happy here.

“Yes and no. I finally understand their fear. I’m afraid what will happen if others do not stop fearing me.”

“We will never let anything happen to you.” He puts his arm around her as he says that, holding her tight to show how much he meant his promise.

“Thank you,” She leans her head on his shoulder.

“So I guess this means we’re celebrating Hanukkah. I’ve never learned how to spin a dreidel. But how different can it be after all? Still just aerodynamics. I bet I can beat Stark out of a few bucks.” He relished the sound of Wanda’s laugh.


Hanukkah came and went. Vision helped her cook latkes. Clint did, in fact, beat Stark at driedel and Stark in turn tried to suggest strip driedel to spice it up. Cap stepped in. He had drawn the line at a Christmas tree with lasers. He was mostly there to keep them all alive which backfired weeks later when Stark took Purim way too seriously and the Avengers found themselves drunk in ridiculous costumes on an island with little memory of how they had gotten there other than a map drawn on the back of a child’s megillah. Vision helped cook for Passover, finding “formulas” for a cookie that wasn’t completely depressing.

And then May came. By this time, Clint has become almost eerily proficient at showing up with exactly what she needs exactly when she needs it. The night of May 5th, they sit by the window in her room and light a Yahrzeit candle he brought her.

Yizkor Elohim Nishmas aboh mori Pietro ben Magda sheholach l’olomo ba-avur shebli neder etayn tz’dokoh ba-ado biz’char zeh t’hay nafsho tz’ruroh bitz’ror hachayim im nishmas avraham Yitzhak v’yaakov sarah rivkah Rachael vlayoh vim shor tzadikim vtzidkoniyos shebgan ayden vnomar Omayn.

She says the prayer slowly and rhythmically, pronouncing each word as if it were something special. Her accent gave the already foreign sounding Hebrew an extra lilt that he finds charming and though neither of them called him on it, both noticed Vision also standing at the edge of the room just to listen to her recite it.

“I assume we can’t blow this one out either?” Clint asked.

Wanda shook her head. “My mother used to say that Yahrzeit is the one day of the year the soul gets to travel freely. When it sees the candle, it knows it’s loved and takes some of its warmth. The flame reminds me that Pietro was once alive and strong and the flickering reminds us that life is fragile and temporary. Someday I will see him again.”

Clint takes her hand and looks back at the door Vision had let himself through. “Well get over here and comfort her then if you’re going to be eavesdropping”.

Vision had the decency to look ashamed for a moment before walking over and taking her into his arms.


The next evening, the three of them try to slip out silently. Which, of course, never worked. Steve caught them five feet from the front door.

“and where are you going this evening?” he asks with a tight smile, his arms folded over his chest. Wanda kept her eyes fixed on the floor. “What’s going on?”

“We’re going out for the night, Captain. We’d appreciate if you would step aside.” Vision demands, polite as ever. Wanda burrows into him a little, already overwhelmed by everything around her.

“Can I come with?” Cap responds, clearly trying to read them as if they were the enemy. Wanda lets out a long sigh. She reaches into Clint’s coat pocket, grabs a piece of fabric, and throws it at him.

“Fine, but you’ll need this then,” she tells him, muttering something about zlidne goyim before pulling Vision past him. “We’re going to be late.”

Clint watches Cap turn the piece of cloth over and over, his smirk growing until Cap growls at him and he smugly explains the yarmulke and pins it to Steve’s hair. Once it’s on, Steve starts to recall some of the boys wearing it in his old neighborhood and the butcher who always wore fringes that hung out from under his clothes. Embarrassed, he refrains from asking any more questions and follows them six blocks to the nearest synagogue.

They sit in the back. Vision regards the affair with a scholarly interest but Cap and Clint fidget most of the time. Wanda doesn’t mind though. For the first time in a year, she starts to feel the warmth of family again. It’s a relief so restoring she almost says shehecheyanu in the middle of the Aleinu. Instead, she settles for being present in these moments. She stands up during the mourner’s kaddish and chants:
Yitgadal v'yitkadash sh'mei raba.
B'alma di v'ra chirutei,
v'yamlich malchutei,
b'chayeichon uv'yomeichon
uv'chayei d'chol beit Yisrael,
baagala uviz'man kariv. V'im'ru: Amen.

Y'hei sh'mei raba m'varach
l'alam ul'almei almaya.

Yitbarach v'yishtabach v'yitpaar
v'yitromam v'yitnasei,
v'yit'hadar v'yitaleh v'yit'halal
sh'mei d'kud'sha b'rich hu,
l'eila min kol birchata v'shirata,
tushb'chata v'nechemata,
daamiran b'alma. V'imru: Amen.

Y'hei sh'lama raba min sh'maya,
v'chayim aleinu v'al kol Yisrael.
V'imru: Amen.

Oseh shalom bimromav,
Hu yaaseh shalom aleinu,
v'al kol Yisrael. V'imru: Amen.

Some of the ladies in the synagogue look at her curiously, some with pity, but most congregants simply look at the rabbi or at their own fringes, their talits, as they wrap themselves deep in prayer.

As the service ends, Wanda returns her prayer book to the shelf and is caught in a conversation with one of the women she had seen discussing her latest grandson’s marriage.
“Excuse me,” she says, placing her hand gently over Wanda’s, “are you new here?” She kindly refrains from mentioning the kaddish.

“Yes. I moved here just a year ago. It’s my brother’s yahrzeit.” She smiles sadly and the woman holds her hand a little tighter. The woman’s husband comes up beside her.

“Where are you from, dear? Your accent sounds just like my mother’s.” He smiles at her.

“Sokovia.” She heard them gasp and withdrew her hand quickly. Cap came up behind her instinctively.

“I’m sorry. It’s just…those awful attacks. We had no idea. Redstu Yiddish?” The man asks quickly, as if trying to make up for his lost ground.

“Yo, a bisele,” she replied, remembering her own grandmother’s sharp tongue and quick wit as she speaks their language for the first time in so long.

“Gut! So rare for kids these days.”

“My bubbe used to speak it to me. She said it was the only thing they couldn’t take from her during the war.”

“That’s very true! I was on the other side of it.”

“Where did you serve?” Cap asks, intruding into the conversation for the first time.

“59th Infantry.”

“I was with the 51st.”

“You’re young enough to be my grandson! Don’t you be mocking me, son. Those were some bad men we fought and in tougher conditions than you could ever dream! This is why you marry Jewish, young lady, instead of bringing gut far gornisht goyim to temple with you.”

Wanda puts her hand over her mouth trying to contain laughter at Captain America’s wide eyes and frantic explanations while the altacocker continues his spiel. Eventually, he got the man to come around with the help of Vision and Clint and soon occupies half the synagogue’s congregants in conversation about war stories. Meanwhile, the ladies took Wanda aside and invited her to women’s groups and Shabbat dinners. Though there was the odd comment about the length of her hemline or her goyische boyfriend, she felt oddly at home in the circle of yentas.

When she and Cap finally make their exits, Cap to the promises of invitations for beers and Wanda to promises of meetings with Jewish men because “that blonde hair and blue eyes might be cute now, honey, but it’s no use for raising children”, Vision and Clint have been sitting on the steps outside for twenty minutes. It had taken that long for Cap to finally pull her out. She started throwing him desperate glances at the third mention of an eligible son. She kissed Clint on the cheek and Vision on the lips. If the women only knew.

“Thank you,” she said to them, “you have all been so wonderful to me. I don’t know how I would have survived all this without you. And you, Cap, were like my own golem tonight! I appreciate the rescue.”

“What’s a golem?” he asked, confused and yet flattered.

“It’s a beloved folktale about a clay giant who comes to rescue the Jewish people.” Vision explained factually. Cap stood a little taller.

Clint must have noticed because he quickly added, “Don’t take it too literally, Cap. He dies at the end.”

Cap deflated a little, pushing Clint to the side of the sidewalk as they begin to walk home. Clint will give her shit for weeks about her “marriage prospects”, Vision will do his best to learn Yiddish for her, and Tony will try to get the hora started every two spare moment because she made the mistake of teaching him. But life will settle down eventually until one day they hardly even notice the Shabbos candles or extra holiday dinners anymore. And it’s T’challa’s turn to teach them something new.

But for now, Wanda hangs a mezuzah outside her door. She finally decided this is a place she could call home.

anonymous asked:

Hey there, I'm Jewish (Ashkenazi) on both sides of my family for as many generations as anyone can remember. On my mother's side I'm Polish and on my dad's I'm Russian (a few generations back now though). I have black skin from my mother, and people often call me "African-American" even though my family isn't from Africa. Jews and non-Jews don't believe that I'm fully Jewish they think my mother converted. What do you think I should say to these people, they just won't seem to listen?

I honestly don’t have a good answer for you. I wish I did. I don’t see a good reason not to take you at your word. Many people, including Jews, don’t understand that not all Ashkenazim are White and that includes Ashkenazim with no converts in their lineage. There is a strong strain of non-Whiteness among Ahkenazi Jews. See Oded Fehr, for an example.

Also, I hate the anti-convert sentiment and the racist implications behind the insistence that non-White Jews must somehow be converts and therefore their offspring “aren’t Jews.” Bullshit. Converts are Jews, their children are Jews. Jews of Color are Jews, their children are Jews. Ashkenazi doesn’t mean White. There are so many irritating myths in your ask that I don’t know which one annoys me most and I don’t have to live with them! 

I wish I could’ve been of more help.

sorry-im-hot  asked:

why do people say "Jews run Hollywood" when Jews are rarely even represented accurately/ non-stereotypically in movies or TV shows?

First of all, several of the founders of Hollywood were Jewish. The Warner Bros. were Polish Jewish immigrants. Louis B. Mayer of Metro Goldwyn Mayer was also Jewish. So the reason there are “so many Jews” in Hollywood is because Jews were there on the ground floor building the industry. Movies weren’t treated as “high art” and many Jews saw the potential of the medium and worked hard to build it from the very beginning. This is treated as something “evil” by anti-semites because any field in which Jewish people are disproportionately represented is proof that we are stealing something for goyim even if it’s something we built with our own hands and they later decided that we “stole” too much of it from them.

This goes to the model minority myth as it was applied to Jews. Christians were not allowed to be Bankers in many countries during thee Middle Ages in Europe because of Christian anti-usury laws, but because Banks were necessary, Jews were allowed to be bankers (and weren’t allowed to hold many other professions deemed “appropriate” for Christians thus ensuring the prominence of the “Jewish banker.”  Too much presence in any field that is lucrative or popular is proof that we are punching above our weight and worthy of vilification. Jews are not allowed pride for our accomplishments.

Knowing this to be true, many Jewish Hollywood execs developed an aversion to making anything overtly Jewish for fear of being demonized. It’s no coincidence that Daryl Zanuck, a non-Jewish studio head (because disproportionate Jewish presence in an industry they helped create is not the same as owning it), was the mastermind behind the creation of “Gentleman’s Agreement,” the first significant Hollywood film about anti-semitism. Louis B. Mayer, actually tried to convince Zanuck not to make the movie

The New York Times, which was owned by the Jewish Arthur Sulzburger during WWII, actually underreported on the Holocaust as it happened in part because they were afraid people would stop buying a paper that pushed a Jewish agenda.

Jews have traditionally placed a great deal of cultural weight on education and there is an enormous amount of pressure by Jewish families to send their kids to college. So schools created quotas against Jews because they thought there were too many of us on college campuses. 

So to answer your question, Jews are disproportionately active in Hollywood because we were they from the beginning. We don’t “own it.” But fear of Hollywood movies being “too Jewish” is a result of assimilationist pressures and fear of anti-semitism.

And while I’m on the subject of movies and Jewish assimilation, I highly recommend the movie “Quiz Show” which deals heavily in those themes. Rob Morrow’s character is very much caught in between his desire to assimilate into Christian-normative society as a sign of “making it” and ends up acting in a manner that is best described as “internalized anti-semitism,” a reality his wife calls out by calling him “The Uncle Tom of the Jews.” 

There’s another movie, though not nearly as good (and something of a disappointment given how the same cast and crew was coming off a string of much better movies), called “For Your Consideration” in which a movie about a Jewish family gets goyified horrifically to try to make it more appealing to gentile Oscar voters. “Home for Purim” gets turned into “Home for Thanksgiving.” That movie hurts to watch, but it makes a lot of good points about how Hollywood actually deals with Jewish identity.

anonymous asked:

would it be okay for a non-jewish person to go talk to a rabbi? I'm agnostic, my parents raised me catholic which resulted in a deep hate for christianity but somewhat internalized anti-semitism. I'm scared to overstep but I want to unlearn this problematic side of mine, and I think talking to jewish people would help... but I'm very unsure, please correct me if my ask itself is problematic, I'm so blinded by my upbringing I can't even tell what is ok and what isn't :-/

Sure. Rabbis will talk to anyone, often at length, and occasionally won’t stop until you leave the room. Rabbis are scholars and teachers by nature and tend to love researching and answering questions.

1800gotthatwork  asked:

I just wanted to remind you that, from a Jewish friend of farorescourage, you didn't experience the Holocaust and you have absolutely no right talking to him like you're some kind of victim. You're not. And also, for a writer, you have very poor reading comprehension skills, but I do have to say, you're awfully good at using the rhetorical device known as "irony."

Wow, I guess he found his good Jew to come defend him!  Let’s see what you have to say about being Jewish:

“…every Jewish stereotype attributed to me has been true.”

Okay, so you’re on record saying you believe in anti-Semitic stereotypes, cool story.  It’s kind of sad that you’ve internalized all that stuff, and I feel legitimately sorry for you that you feel you have to pander to people who defend genocidal fascists.

I hate to break it to you, but all Jews, collectively, are victims of the Holocaust.  Not only is PTSD from Holocaust survivorship heritable, but the effects of the Holocaust have been to rip away the cultural heritage of Jews all over the world and leave them disconnected from this cultural heritage.  Jews are scattered, shattered, and still at a lower population than we were at in 1938.

And people are still killing us, and invoking Hitler to do it:

In the meantime, the Nazi history creates a rallying cry for global anti-Semitism.  Holocaust imagery is used to deny Jewish legitimacy and engage in violence against Jews around the world.  There’s an anon on here (maybe it’s you!) who goes around telling Jewish bloggers they “look like they need a shower.”  I think you know what kind of shower.

And if you don’t, let’s not mince words: they’re talking about a poison gas shower.

Jews are still the most common victims of religious hate crimes, and the reason for that is the vast body of anti-Semitic literature that was preserved and popularized through neo-Nazi groups.  This stuff existed before the Nazis, but they’re the reason you can easily find it all in one place.

So yeah, we’re all victims of the Holocaust.

You’re a particularly sad one, really, because you support anti-Semitism and defend a Nazi apologist.

The problem with your friend’s post isn’t that I didn’t understand their words.  It’s that your friend didn’t.  Your friend sees no problem with trying to say that Hungary has an excuse, but like it came out of Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Cool motive.  Still genocide.

And if you think harassing me (which stops now, btw) is going to help your friend, it’s not.  Your Nazi friend is getting what they invited from people who saw the post and interpreted for themselves.  These folks aren’t my fans, many of them aren’t even my followers–but somehow, they read what I read and came to the same conclusions.

That said, your friend is a grown-ass adult, and you are a minor (it would appear).  Therefore, I’d like to ask anyone who reads this not to harass this kid.

I’ll be fine (love that block button), and the kid will maybe one day grow up and see that allying with Nazis isn’t a path that good people take.

seeing posts like ‘I’m bisexual and I don’t think biphobia/monosexism exists (because I haven’t experienced it)’ really make me so upset.

i find them so thoughtless and offensive and ignorant and damaging. like. so many of your bisexual peers are speaking out about their experiences, there is SO much out there and yet even in the bisexual community there’s so much erasure it’s horrifying. 'i’m bisexual’ is not justification to be biphobic! it’s not a get out of jail free card. being bisexual is a constant process of catching and changing internalized hatred we’ve been indoctrinated with all our lives and inevitably continue to be.

i understand it must be strange and somewhat disconnecting at times to have a large part of your community experience something you don’t. i’m jewish and for 8 years of my life i went to an all jewish school, lived in a virtually all jewish community and in that time experienced very little anti-semitism firsthand. but never once did i think that anti-semitism didn’t exist?? i was perfectly aware that there was still an outside world in which more obvious displays of anti-semitism showed, and also aware that even in my own homogenous community we still felt the pressures of political, societal and historical discrimination against us. 

being bisexual means respecting, believing, supporting and promoting the voices of other bisexuals in the community who have had a harder time than you. i consider taking biphobic treatment for granted and seeing it as normal as part of something very nasty society has done everything in its power to internalize within us. it’s easier to make us keep ourselves down than to actively work against us– either way the results are toxic. we must fight against it by starting to look within ourselves. we have no other choice.

anonymous asked:

Have you heard much about Pork Magazine? They sell Iron cross merch, put swastikas in a lot of their artwork, and have done some racist things in general. Whenever anyone confronts the couple that runs the mag (a reddit post being the most notorious) they shut it down by saying they're Jewish so they can't possibly be racist. The husband also runs a 'Daily Hitler' blog btw. The whole 'Punk Rock can't be racist thing' is an outright lie, but I feel like there's a specific history of antisemitism?

Jewish self-hatred and internalized anti-semitism do actually exist.

Internalized anti-semitism is, for example, how much I hate my big stereotypically Jewish nose. I was taught that big noses are ugly and society has repeatedly reinforced it, including other Jews. For example, the rather revolting “comedy” site, Jew or Not Jew, wrote this about Sarah Jessica Parker:

Which brings us to Sarah Jessica Parker, whose half-Jewish roots have blessed her with a schnoz to end all schnozes. A schnoz so prominent that even one look at her face etches it in memory and requires hours of mental soap to scrub it off the hippocampus. It really is a giant schnoz. And it really is not proportionate with the rest of her body.

Yet… somehow it works for some out there. Somehow, Parker has risen to sex symbol status. Somehow, some find this unproportionally exotic and appealing. But not us.

Because for us, a big nose is not exotic or appealing. Because we’ve seen so many of them, from every uncle Joseph to every aunt Miriam. It’s just that… even poor aunt Miriam is no match for Parker.

It really is a giant schnoz.

This is from a site written by Jews for Jews. Think about how much pressure Parker had to put up with to change her nose! We should celebrate her fighting against that bias, not mock her for not succumbing to an anti-semitic beauty ideal. Also, I hate the term “half-Jewish.” She’s a patrilineal Bat Kohen.

Internalized anti-semitism is when upper class or upper middle class Jews make the assumption that all Jews are wealthy because all the Jews they know are despite plenty of evidence to the contrary. They grew up hearing Jews are all rich and so are quick to believe it, treating Jews who aren’t wealthy  as failures rather than people who weren’t as privileged. They are quick to buy into negative stereotypes about Jewish wealth because it’s all they know and make a strong association between wealth and their Jewish identity. They see Bernie Madoff and focus on his Jewishness, while paying no attention to the Jewishness of so many of his victims (including Elie Wiesel!)

These sorts of ideas are toxic, but they don’t necessarily reach the level of self-hatred.

My litmus test for Jewish self-hatred is the wicked child from the Hagaddah. Do they seek to cut themselves off from the Jewish community? Do they see fellow Jews as a “them,” rather than an “us?” Do they believe what other people say about Jews before they believe what we have to say about ourselves? Do they find their Jewishness offensive and do they seek to destroy it? Do they provide aid and assistance to anti-semites? People who fall into this category would be Gilad Atzmon, Schlomo Sand and Max Blumenthal. 

Being a Jew doesn’t give you protection from believing or doing things that are anti-semitic. The “But I’m Jewish so I can’t be anti-semitic” argument only goes so far.

anonymous asked:

So yesterday my friend came up to me and was like, "I don't mean to sound offensive, but you're like a really, really pretty Jew. Like, so pretty for being Jewish" I was so taken back that I just thanked her (lol), but the more I think about it, it almost seems a little offensive, as if 1) it's rare that Jews are pretty and 2) I'm the exception to all Jews for being pretty that she had to say something. Idk, am I over-thinking it?

One of the many buried carry-overs from anti-semitism is the idea that Jew=Ugly. People who aren’t consciously anti-semitic still buy into that idea. Not enough people critically examine the idea of why they consider “looking Jewish” to be a pejorative. First of all, this belief ignores the diversity in Jewish appearance. Secondly, it makes Jews who do have stereotypical features feel marginalized and ugly. I’ve personally had to deal with some internalized anti-semitism about my nose. I’ve had discussions with my wife about how much I hoped that I don’t pass my nose down and, after thinking about it, I’ve felt really ashamed of myself for having those feelings. 

No, you’re not overthinking it. If anything, I think most people who hold ideas about Jewish ugliness are under-thinking it.

theworld-is-a-blankcanvas  asked:

Dear anon who says that "almost all SJW's are against anti-semitism", Let me tell a little story, it's called "Why most of my Jewish Activist friends on this website never state they are Jewish on their main blogs". 99% of the SJWs I have come across in my last 5 years on tumblr have either been cluelessly anti-Semitic or violently anti-Semitic. There generally is no in-between. The rest of that one percent, are Jewish SJW's who happen not to be internally anti-Semitic.

This is more or less true to my experience.