is it good for the jews

it is good to be critical of fanfiction and fanart

fiction, whether fanwritten or “professionally” written, is one way stereotypes pervade modern culture

mandingo, hot latin lover, greedy jew, evil bisexual, weak white woman who needs rescue, strong black woman who don’t need no man, promiscuous gay (who then gets AIDS and “learns their lesson”)

whether you believe it or not, these are harmful to the people that are stereotyped this way in the “real” world

words have meaning and being told your words mean bad things is not an “attack”, it’s the opportunity to grow and i’m frankly tired of seeing all of this “don’t like, don’t read” shit used to defend racism, fucking goddamn nazis, sexism, brutal sexual assault, goddamn motherfucking pedophiles and other actually harmful shit

it’s okay to write to examine certain topics, but when you glorify it in your fiction piece and make it seem okay, you truly are part of the problem

fanfiction/fanart is media to be consumed by whatever masses exist and, as such, we should all remain critical when certain themes begin to appear because this is how fucked up shit is normalized: through uncritical media consumption

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This new video of Jon Stewart recounting an epic Twitter war with Donald Trump is the number one trending video on YouTube right now

Dang, this story is really good. (Yes, it goes on.) Stewart told his tale at a Stand Up For Heroes benefit in New York on Tuesday night. And, you lucky thing, you can see the full video here.

Gifs: Jacob Cahan

WATCH THE VIDEO

[image: replying to a happy hanukkah tweet by donald, ‘frank salazar’ tweets: you better be fucking kidding me! I voted for you and said you were a good christian. and we don’t support satanic jews.]

“Well if so many people hate Jews, it must be for a good reason.”

Actually, human beings are quite adept at singling out and hating various groups of people for no justifiable reason.

huffingtonpost.com
The Incredible Reason You Might Start Seeing Safety Pins Everywhere
It's a tiny gesture, but it speaks volumes.

This is brilliant and it is already in effect in the UK!  A major news source is covering it so there won’t be confusion of WHAT it means! 

Wear safety pins on your clothing to show solidarity with refugees and immigrants, and that they are safe with you. 

The safety pin also extends as a beacon of hope that you will do all you can to combat white supremacy, racism, sexism, and xenophobia that is growing around us! 

I’d also like to extend that safe place to various minority religions. 

I don’t know about you, but I’m gonna go find me a box of safety pins.

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“Studying is hard and boring. Teaching is hard and boring. So, what you’re telling me is to be bored, and then bored, and finally bored again, but this time for the rest of my life? This whole stupid country is bored! There’s no life in it, or color, or fun! It’s probably just as well the Russians are going to drop a nuclear bomb on us any day now. So my choice is to do something hard and boring, or to marry my… Jew, and go to Paris and Rome and listen to jazz, and read, and eat good food in nice restaurants, and have fun! It’s not enough to educate us anymore Ms. Walters. You’ve got to tell us why you’re doing it.” 

An Education (2009)

shout out to jews who have a complicated relationship with christmas
shout out to jews from interfaith families who celebrate with their non-jewish relatives
shout out to converts who still celebrate with their families
shout out to everyone who feels uncomfortable as the jew in the room on christmas
shout out to everyone who is afraid to mention any christmas-related plans to jewish friends
shout out to anyone who has ever felt less jewish because of their relationship to christmas
you’re good. we’re gonna get through this together.

How Hatred Works

Hitler hates Jews.

Hitler orders all Jews exterminated.

One Jew walks up to Hitler and kicks him in the shins.

The Jew is not then to blame for Hitler hating Jews more and making things worse for the Jews. Hitler already hates Jews at the maximum level: He has already ordered them all exterminated. The acts of this Jew have not worsened anything except for Hitler’s shins, which now hurt a lot. As Hitler is a bad man for ordering the extermination of all Jews, the fact that his shins hurt is a good thing.

As a white-passing Jew to other white-passing Jews:

We’ve reached a point in America where our conditional whiteness may be revoked if we are open and public about our Jewishness (based on the fact that fringe members of both polarized parts of our country are getting increasingly antisemitic and Trump’s presidential win just emboldened many of them), but it is not time to hide. We have to use the time we have left to fight the good fight. We need to take our privilege of being light-skinned and work to help secure protections for people of color right now.

As scared as we are, it is our duty, as a people who have been through so much and enjoy relative luxury in the very recent timespan of being generally assimilated into white America, to fight and make sure that we are constantly working toward helping those who do not have our privileges. Help secure places of safety for people of color, for Muslims, for LGBT+ folks, for undocumented people. Use your privilege to lift others up, not hide.

We, as Jews, are commanded by HaShem to partake in Tikkun Olam, or making the world a better place. We have stayed complacent for too long. 25% of us voted for Trump. We cannot say that we as a community are innocent, for as long as we pass as white and are considered white, even conditionally, by society, our silence is violence.

First they came for the Muslims, and Jared Kushner said nothing

Dear Jared,

We don’t know each other well, but we’ve met a few times so I figured I’d give this a go. I’m writing to implore you, as President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a senior adviser, to oppose his immigration executive order. You are one of the few people who has the president’s ear and the power to stop him, or at least register your opposition.

Given your family’s history, part of you must be uncomfortable with this policy.

You’re the grandson of Holocaust survivors. You’ve defended President Trump against charges of anti-Semitism. Your own grandmother warned in an 1982 interview of the dangers of another leader like Hitler rising to power. “For the Jews, the doors were closed,” she said. “Even our good president, Roosevelt — how come he kept the doors so closed for us for such a long time?”

I’m asking you to show leadership at this dangerous moment when history threatens to repeat itself. Trump’s decision to restrict immigration from seven Muslims countries, including all refugees, is an affront to the U.S. Constitution. It goes against who we are as Jews.

As a journalist, I’ve traveled to war-torn Syria, where more than 450,000 Syrians have been killed and over 12 million displaced in the deadliest conflict of this century. I’ve visited refugee camps in Jordan, where 1.3 million refugees have resettled since the start of the civil war in 2011.

I’ve seen the toll of the refugee crisis first hand in countries like Greece. If you step onto the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos, you’ll never look at a refugee the same way again. I still see the haunting images of shivering children piling out of overcrowded dinghies, screaming mothers cradling newborns in their ams, innocent teenagers suffering in agony because they’ve lost their siblings in a bomb attack in Syria and elderly men and women with tears streaming down their faces because they know they will never return home again.

What I learned from being in these places is just how inaccurate media depictions of refugees are. It’s easy — and politically convenient — to paint them as dangerous ISIS sympathizers. But they are fleeing the very same terrorists that America is fighting. Look into their eyes and you’ll see people desperate to escape war and who will do anything to protect their families. They’re charming, funny, witty. They have big dreams of falling in love and making it big in America and Europe. Banning these refugees does not keep America safe. Despite all the blustery rhetoric, no refugee has carried out a major fatal terrorist attack in the United States.

If that doesn’t move you, then consider how similar Syrian refugees’ plight is to what Jewish people faced during the Holocaust. Then, as now, the majority of Americans were opposed to admitting a vulnerable population into the country over fears they posed a national security threat. Anti-Semitism was prevalent, just as Islamophobia is today; polls conducted from August 1940 to June 1945 show that Jews were regarded as the greatest “menace to this country.” Sound familiar?

In 1939, at the height of World War II, 61% of Americans said they opposed legislation that would have admitted 20,000 Jewish refugee children from Germany into the United States. Congress rejected the legislation and cut refugee migration by 75 percent. In one incident that has become emblematic of U.S. policy at the time, 900 Jewish refugees on the MS St. Louis were turned away from the United States because of immigration restrictions. More than 250 of those passengers were later killed after they were sent back to Nazi Germany.

That moment was a major stain on our history. No one would say today that turning away Jews was the right policy.

Yet today, a new Rasmussen poll shows that 57% of voters favor President Trump’s ban on immigrants from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Since 2011, slightly more than 18,000 Syrian refugees have been resettled in the U.S, but that’s nowhere close to many of our allies; Germany, for example, took in over 1 million asylum seekers in 2015 alone. Trump has placed a temporary ban on any Syrian refugees coming in and pledged to cut the total number who can be resettled in the future by more than half. Once again today, human lives are at stake. For them, this is a matter of life and death.

I know standing up to Trump is not easy, but doing the right thing takes courage. It’s far easier to score cheap points by demagoguing against Muslims. But being president is not about doing what’s popular or good for business. It’s about showing leadership, and doing what’s moral and just.

Just like you, I grew up hearing the oft-repeated mantra “never again” in my synagogue. Well, it’s happening again. So, I’m asking you to condemn this executive order. Think of your grandmother’s words and what would make her proud. Then use the clout you have to persuade Trump to repeal it.

The country needs you.

Jake

I totally get that wacky conspiracy theories are fun to joke about - but if you’re going to joke about lizard people, you should probably be aware that “reptilians” is a code-phrase for “crypto-Jews”.

When conspiracy nuts talk about politicians and celebrities secretly being lizard people, what they’re really implying is that they’re secretly Jewish. The whole “Reptoid conspiracy” thing is just a verbal smoke-screen - a veneer of plausible deniability.

Sure, you probably didn’t mean it that way when you joked about it. You probably weren’t aware of the double meaning at all. This stuff is pretty good at flying under the radar; indeed, that’s the whole point.

But, well, now you know.

yknow on the topic of youtubers who fucked up, i will say that while im not upset that we’re all having a good laugh over all the crap jontron said, i still think pewdiepie hasn’t gotten enough shit for making a joke of the phrase “death to all jews” and practically getting away with it with no repercussions

What liberals don’t seem to understand, is that fascists and Nazis see the liberal stance that they should be allowed to openly advocate genocide and ethnic cleansing as long as they aren’t literally murdering anyone that second not as principle, but as weakness.

Saying you’ll actually stand up in once they start actively expelling and murdering people isn’t good enough, because once that starts it is already way past too late. You don’t get to absolve yourself of blame while also wondering where the “Good German” was during The War.

If you really had principles, you wouldn’t stand by as these people advocated for expelling entire ethnic and religious groups en masse. You wouldn’t stand by when they blame all of society’s problems on Muslims and Latinos, Black people and Jews. You wouldn’t stand by when they advocate for their removal from society.

If your believed in America as you say you do, you’ll stand up and not let this happen.

Good Morning,

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and I have a message for my American readers.

Some of you are probably posting Elie Wiesel quotes, images of Anne Frank, distressing images of newly liberated concentration camp prisoners, etc; the special variety of asshole among you may be posting that today is stupid because people only care about the Holocaust because “Jews are white.”

Regardless, if you are posting anything at all about this day, I urge you to take your grief for and your remembrance of these ordinary people, sentenced to death by an uncaring world which closed its doors to refugees, and call your representatives, write letters, and march for the would-be refugees of today. If you have no interest in doing that, then maybe don’t post about the Holocaust, because it clearly taught you nothing.

xoxo,
your friendly neighborhood historian of jewish movement and migration between 1930 and 1950

(and if you’re wondering when i decided to take off the gloves and get overtly, rather than passive aggressively, political, it was on tuesday)

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

- Galatians 3:28.

Good news, everyone, God says gender is cancelled.

to all the “Catholics” and “Christians” celebrating Trump’s “victory” as something good and that “God answered your prayers”

Jesus - a Middle Eastern Jew - would fucking hate Trump