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anonymous asked:

In what ways have you experienced antisemitism in England? (Not being passive aggressive, genuinely curious)

This is obviously just a set of my own, personal experiences.

  • When I was 13, an Iraqi Muslim refugee girl came to my school and ended up in my class part-way through the year. She was told to sit beside me, and my table of students was asked (in private, by the teacher) to help her with her English skills. She became a friend very quickly, and weeks passed normally, until I complained (of course) about preparing for Pesach at home. She didn’t know what Pesach was, so I explained as best as I could. She asked if I was a Jew and I told her that I was. She then called me “dirty” and asked to be moved to sit somewhere else. She never spoke to me again.
  • When I was 16 at my first job with a clothing retailer, an Arab woman was angry that I couldn’t give her money back on some clothes (because of some store policy), called me a “thieving Jew” and stormed out.
  • I’ve had friends become ex-friends because they found out that I was Jewish, and they said that I “manipulated” them by not admitting that I was Jewish in the first place.
  • I’ve had ex-friends say that they wouldn’t have been friends with me in the first place because “Jews always want something in return.”
  • When I was 17 and worked at a jewellery chain store, I was serving an Arab man until he noticed the Magen David around my neck. He cursed at me in Arabic and demanded that my manager serve him instead. When she tried to show him the jewellery that I had brought out to show him, he wanted a discount because of “the Jew’s filthy hands.”
  • In the same job, there was a Muslim woman that I worked with that joined me outside for cigarette breaks. She always begged to make sure we were right down an alleyway so the main street wouldn’t see us. I asked her why she was afraid of being seen, and she told me that others from her mosque might see her. I then asked if it was forbidden for her to smoke, and she told me that it was, but it would be worse if her family found out she was talking to a Jew and she didn’t want to risk it. She begged me to deny that we were friends if any Muslim or Arab asked me if I knew her.
  • My boss at the same job made a point to remind me that the safe had security cameras surrounding it, because she said she knew what “you people” were like. When I faced antisemitism from customers, she demanded that I stop wearing my Magen David so I wouldn’t “antagonise” them.
  • When I had to transfer to a different jewellery store due to moving away to university, I had a different Muslim co-worker. For context, if two people worked together to make a sale, they were supposed to “split” the sale on the computer, as each staff member had a daily quota for both item value and insurance that we were supposed to sell. I did most of the sale, and he said he would help put the sale through the machine, as the customer thought she might buy something else, too. After she was gone, I found out that he’d stolen all of the sale from me. I confronted him, and he told me that “Jews have enough money.”
  • When I was 20, I went to court with my family because of (non-related to our Jewishness) harassment against us from our neighbours. Our court-provided lawyer was a friendly Muslim woman. She sat with us and helped us prepare for being in court, as we’d never been before. My mother has a nervous habit of fidgeting with her jewellery, and the lawyer stopped part-way through a sentence when she noticed her Magen David (for clarification - none of us have “obviously Jewish” names), made an excuse that we were prepared, then left us. In court, she hardly asked any questions unlike the defence lawyer, and after the case finished (it was short, thanks to those behind the harassment being repeat offenders) when we wanted to ask her about what happened next, we were all completely ignored and she refused to shake any of our hands, even after we’d seen her shaking with the defence lawyer.
  • I had a Christian roommate at university tell me that she would “forgive me” for “killing Christ” if I accepted Jesus as my saviour, and was angry when I refused.
  • In a taxi with an Arab driver, he was friendly and asked me if I was doing anything for Christmas. I told him that I was Jewish so wasn’t celebrating, but would probably go to a friend’s Christmas party. He then asked me what I thought about what was happening in Palestine, and I said that the situation was a horrible mess, and that all we could do was hope for peace. He then said, “Jews are baby-killers” and accused me of being racist.
  • When I went to pick up some kosher items from the local supermarket, an Arab family spotted me in the aisle (as kosher, halaal, Polish and “speciality” non-refrigerated items were along the same aisle) and followed me around the store as I picked up the rest of my shopping, laughing in Arabic, and then spat on me. When I went to a staff member to tell them about what happened, he accused me of being an Islamophobic racist and told me that if I didn’t leave the store, he would call security.
  • A different Arab taxi driver, on a journey back home, asked me if I was Jewish. When I told him that I was, he asked threatening questions about “how many Jews” lived with me and when we’d all be home together. I was frightened, I admit, and I gave him the wrong address and hurried to the first person that was outside their house, asking them to take me in because I was worried. I called home, obviously, but the driver stayed outside for over half an hour and only left when the stranger I was with went outside to ask what he wanted, where he apparently said that he was “making sure I (as in, me) was home safe.”
  • I went to buy cigarettes from a corner shop using my debit card. The machine declined it for some reason, although I had more than enough money to cover it. I asked the owner to put the card through again, and he shouted that “Your Jew money’s no good here” and demanded that I leave.
  • I’ve been called a “babykiller” and a “Zionist bitch” when a man spotted my Magen David.
  • My synagogue’s windows have been vandalised, smashed and there has been excrement shoved through the letterbox and smeared on windows and we have to organise an extra police presence during festivals. Over recent years, all signs saying that the synagogue is in fact a synagogue have been removed.
  • When preparing for an inter-faith walk of peace, a priest visited our synagogue and called us “obstacles to peace” and “selfish” for saying that we couldn’t walk on a Saturday morning, when we’re supposed to be in the synagogue praying.

I’ve been spat at multiple times, I’ve had antisemitic slurs thrown at me multiple times. I stopped using Facebook a few years ago because of random rape and death threats sent into my inbox and written when I commented or liked anything to do with Israel or Judaism. My mother has had the same. We have to do our best to protect my brother from the same, and have told him never to tell anyone that he’s Jewish, because that would be far too dangerous for him.

Obviously this isn’t even mentioning the abuse that I’ve had on this site, where I’ve been called a Nazi, I’ve been told to kill myself, asks with antisemitic slurs (not dark jokes, but actual abuse), because whilst I do post some, there are quite a few that I’ve just deleted without comment to block whichever anon has been sending them.

So when I talk about antisemitism, I’m not just someone that happens to be Jewish and is against antisemitism because it’s anti-Jewish as some out-there concept that I’m against, it’s because I’ve been there, I’ve done that, been through it, keep going through it.

It’s very real, and it can be incredibly frightening. That’s why I take it so seriously. And that’s also why I criticise Jews for claiming that some things are antisemitic when they’re clearly not, because I want others to see how horrendous antisemitism actually is so that they take it seriously, too.

From the end of the Civil War until the beginning of the twentieth century, the United States witnessed the emergence of a full-fledged antisemitic society. Like the hysteria exhibited during the war, the institutionalized bigotry that developed afterwards reflected the biases of practically every stratum in society. As immigration figures soared, and as a significant Jewish presence emerged in the United States, people in every walk of life, from respectable working, middle, and upper classes to agrarian protesters, Protestant and Catholic spokesmen, and members of the lunatic fringe increasingly focused on the allegedly deleterious characteristics of Jews that they believed impinged on American lives. Having been thoroughly indoctrinated as children, and having absorbed conventional attitudes simply by living in the United States, Christians believed in the superiority of their faith and few Gentiles questioned the fact that the United States was, and of right ought to be, a Christian nation. They held on to traditional views of Jews as Christ-killers who remained obstinate in their determination not to accept the truthfulness of Christian teachings; as dishonest businessmen always out for material gain; and as strange, crass, and aloof individuals who insisted on standing apart from the community in which they lived. Thus, despite their acceptance as citizens in the United States, the Jew was “everywhere an alien.”

Leonard Dinnerstein, Antisemitism in America (1994)

not to vagueblog or anything but it’s great to see that even lgbt christians spew the “cafeteria catholic” stuff

like, churches have been wrong. Social teachings and “theological teachings” are not as distinct as you seem to think. Gay people aren’t just grandfathered into the wait-til-marriage thing, their desires are considered intrinsically disordered and you can’t just make a tiny exception without admitting that there are some messed up teachings if not now then in the past because like it or not, people including bishops and popes considered Jews “god-killers” and they took this as part of their theology even if they changed it at vatican II. Just because you and your priest have put it behind you doesn’t mean it wasn’t central to their belief system before.

“well, genders of ordained ministers doesn’t count—”
“same sex couples are ok but only if they wait until marriage—”
“I’m sure the church was never anti-semitic because they never said anything about it at the first vatican council!”

These things are not as perfectly separable as you think. The Church Militant is not the same thing as the Church Triumphant. The fucking southern baptists claim that they’re the same as the early Christians just like you do. And sure, you can claim that the church has never changed its doctrine, if you adjust the definition of “doctrine” every time there’s a change.

Change is ok. Change is not evil. Humans are brilliant and continually rediscover God.

Killer Mike from Run the Jewels spoke at a Bernie Sanders rally in Atlanta last week, so my friends and I wrote a rap parody EP. It’s called Run the Jews, and it envisions what a Bernie Sanders and Killer Mike collab would be like. Listen and share, please!

Written and Produced by Andrew Price, Mike Bedard, and Craig Lowery

Vocals by Matt Harbert (Bernie Sanders) and Killer Mike

(Pregnantville Comedy)

Made with SoundCloud

anonymous asked:

What's going to happen with the Alt Right? Something to worry about, or is it just noise?

The first thing to realize is that what is called the alt-right is simply American White Supremacy by another name. Here is the equation to help you remember:

alt-right = White Supremacy

The second thing to realize is that the alt-right is not, in any basic sense, new. Its racism is of a piece with every other American variety. The third is that what will eventually happen to the alt-right is less important than where they came from. Where they came from is White Supremacy, what they are is White Supremacy and White Supremacy has a logical progression. This is it:

The American enchantment with black slavery is difficult to talk about. Its employment was more or less unique among the nations who would later compose the first world.1 The best way to understand American racism is European anti-Semitism. Here’s a chart:

On the left is the story of black people in America and on the right, what happened to the Jews in Europe. You’ll notice that things get less worse on the left and as bad as they can get on the right. (Obviously, the absorption of black people into American society and the abolition of their group identity is only a theoretical end-point, and not in any sense the ‘best’ outcome.)

On the right you have the course that European anti-Semitism took, from the identification of Jews as Christ-killers by St. John Chrysostum in 167 AD, to the various legal definitions of Jewishness in the Middle Ages, to the forced concentration of Jews in ghettos throughout Europe, to the thousand years of their sanctioned economic exploitation, and finally to their large-scale annihilation in the 20th century. On the left are the stages of redemption through which black people have passed, from their legal definition by the Constitution in 1787 as three-fifths of a human person, to the abolition of some forms of slavery in 1864 by the Thirteenth Amendment, to their migrations from the South during the sixty years that followed, to the uneven economic gains they made in the 20th century, to the present moment, when more and more black people may ask whether their Blackness is more than simply non-Whiteness.

The point here is that these charts, left and right, are not different. They are only the opposite ends of the same sequence, the sequence that occurs when the powerful oppress the weak. Here it is, all together:

This is the sequence of events that turns a society with full citizens into one where the full citizens degrade, exploit, and eventually kill those who are seen as less than fully human. As you move down this ladder, oppression targets ever more basic aspects of being alive. On the first step down people who thought of themselves as citizens are forced to see themselves as separate; on the second, to become people who can only hold certain jobs; on the third, live only in certain places; on the fourth and fifth, become people who must endure legal punishment if they try to rise above their stations; on the sixth, suffer imprisonment or constrained movement; on the seventh, slavery and starvation; and finally, on the eighth, death.

On this chart black people entered America at the seventh step and have since risen to somewhere between the fourth and third. That is, the law no longer separately treats black and white people (however often its officers actually do, in practice) and more than a third of black people in America are still concentrated by economic and legal forces into dense populations. (Dense population is an important step on this ladder: when you all live in the same place it’s easy for the government to abuse you, and when all of you vote in the same district, hence receiving proportionately less representation, it’s easy for the government to ignore you.)

But if black people have climbed the ladder out of American slavery, American society hasn’t risen with them. This gets to the heart of the matter. When black people were slaves they were owned by slavemasters. And what can be expected of slavemasters? Rape, assault, hatred, and that the life of a slave will hang by the slenderest of threads: the slavemaster’s economic self-interest. This last is all that prevents the step down into oppression’s eighth and final destination. Economic self-interest also explains why it’s much easier for a society to go down this chart than up it. An assertion of human dignity is the only way to climb this ladder, whereas, to fall down it, all a society needs to do is enjoy the spectacular wealth that increasing oppression increasingly generates. Most of the gold ingots recovered from German salt mines and Swiss bank vaults after the Second World War began in someone’s mouth. To the oppressors, it goes without saying that gains accelerate as you descend, becoming total once you reach the bottom.

This chart represents a terrible truth about humanity: it wants to get to 8. Introduce the slightest difference into a homogeneous society (skin color, Catholicism, nose size) and watch its forces align along the axis of this chart. As much as an oppressed people may wish to rise, the oppressors want to reach the eighth step more. There’s more money in excavating the lower depths of cruelty than lies in any mine. This is also why the lesson of the Holocaust is so important to learn. The lesson is: “Whenever and wherever it can get away with it, greed will drag a country down a ladder of degradation until it is murdering the helpless on an industrial scale for the gold in their teeth.” 

Exploitation for material gain is the background and beating heart of racism. It is both the gravity against which all societies must struggle and the grease that makes the ladder so difficult to climb. 

Now, the alt-right. 

The alt-right is identical with White Supremacy. The hatred of black people that White Supremacy kindles is a smokescreen for the desire to take their wealth from them. That’s it; there is no higher purpose to White Supremacy. There is no Aryan purification, there is no protection of white women’s sexuality, there is no fear of miscegenation, there are only a concentric series of smokescreens deliberately raised to hide the greed at the heart of White Supremacy. 

But where it came from is just as important as what it’s doing right now (furiously stepping on black fingers as black hands reach to grasp a higher rung on the ladder.) The alt-right has been enabled by American education. Ours is an educational system that is indifferent to the truth about American racism in general and of White Supremacy in particular. It’s a system that has taught three generations of kids that racism ended with the Civil Rights Movement, that the United States leads the world in ladder climbing, and that the essence of prejudice is a personal dislike for those who are different, a prejudice that can be overcome simply by getting to know a black person. 

This last point, that racism is “really” just a set of misconceptions, and not what it is—the piracy of one race by another—has been the most damaging. American education, by ignoring the deep and programmatic way American racism has created wealth for American racists, has made it possible for its least perceptive white students to slip through its classrooms without accumulating the slightest dusting of self knowledge. American education’s failure to teach the story of American racism is one of the clearest examples of how it is possible to leave a classroom more ignorant than when you entered it. 

And this is the whirlwind that all of us have to live in.

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1 The uniqueness matters: If one thing isn’t really like some other thing then you’re going to have a hard time talking about it. This is a constraint of human thought. And thought is not so much about the things themselves as what the things make you think of. (This is also the difference between sensation and memory, and what separates the cookies you have eaten from the one Proust did.) This constraint of thought is why most straight histories, being more or less simple catalogs of This Thing, Then That Thing, Because of This Thing, are not generally treasure houses of the human spirit.

natalunasans  asked:

goyim native speakers of more highly inflected languages than english may look up a word such as juive or judía in the dictionary and get jewess, and not know it's a slur. i thought it was just an oldfashioned term until recently, like englishman.

[2] all of which is to say i guess it’s good to have the PSA about it because ppl might not know especially in an international context.

Yeah, it’s a funny old word. Unlike ‘Jew,’ which I call myself completely in earnest, I tend to use ‘Jewess’ as an almost tongue-in-cheek term, largely because of its archaicness. Being an avid reader, I would always see it in older books, and adopted it as a bit of a laugh.

Personally, I have always seen it as one of those antiquated words that quickly became tinged with offence, not because of its direct meaning, but because of the disdainful context in which it was used by an oppressive majority. For a comparison, in this blog post, entitled “Oriental: Death of a Semi-Slur” a commenter wrote: 

“I’m Asian American, and I find this post to be pretty accurate. I’ve never been able to put a finger on why the term oriental makes me mildly uncomfortable—and it is a fairly mild discomfort, unlike with certain other slurs—but the conjuring-up-an-era is a good way to put it.”

That’s roughly how I personally feel about ‘Jewess’; it’s not the kind of outright slur that cuts deep, like ‘kike’ or ‘Christ killer,’ or ‘Jew bag,’ etc., and technically, it’s accurate enough, but the way in which it’s been used in almost every instance I’ve seen drips with polite contempt in the best of circumstances and outright derision in the worst.  

For example, in his novel Brighton Rock, Graham Greene wrote: 

“A little Jewess sniffed at him bitchily and then talked him over with another little Jewess on a settee.”

(I could do a an entire post on anti-semitic comments and descriptions in Brighton Rock, to be honest).

Here’s another passage from one of my favourite books, Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep (bold mine):

“I shoved on back into the store, passed through a partition and found a small dark woman reading a law book at a desk. I flipped my wallet open on her desk and let her look at the buzzer pinned to the flap. She looked at it, took her glasses off and leaned back in her chair. I put the wallet away. She had the fine-drawn face of an intelligent Jewess. She stared at me and said nothing.”

In Agatha Christie’s The Moving Finger: 

Mary Grey was being firm with a stout Jewess, who was enamoured of a skin-tight powder-blue evening gown.

(In subsequent editions, the word ‘Jewess’ was changed simply to ‘woman.’)

And, of course, in Ivanhoe

“Men know a fox by the train, and a Jewess by her tongue.“ 

Whether she is being scorned or praised, ‘Jewess’ is always used in a way that’s deliberately meant to highlight the woman in question as a racial other who differs from both the narrator and the presumed audience. And of course, when I use it, I’m intentionally playing on that and using it as as a tool to emphasize my ethnic identity. In terms of people who are translating from other languages, I certainly wouldn’t hold the slip-up against them if they made it, because I see how that could happen. I would just let them know it was best to avoid in future.

anonymous asked:

Why are people uncomfortable with a jewish jesus? Just really curious. You didn't elaborate and i don't "exactly know why" so. Thnks ouo

That’s why I tagged the post “anti-Semitism,” just in case anyone didn’t get it.

People hate Jews. People have hated Jews for hundreds of years. Jews have been used as scapegoats all across the Western world since long before the Holocaust. The Nazis were nothing new as far as anti-Semitism is concerned. They were just more open about it, more brazen…and worked on a much larger scale. They industrialised hatred and bigotry.

The Church has been trying to disassociate Jesus from his Jewish identity for hundreds of years? Why? So people could carry on hating Jews without having to think about the fact that they were worshipping a Jewish God and a Jewish Messiah. It’s no coincidence that the only disciple that’s ever depicted as having traditionally Jewish features in Renaissance art is Judas. All the others are depicted as being white Europeans…but they were all Jews. Why? To reinforce the accusation that Jews are “Christ killers.”

You ever wonder why the Gospels make such a big point of Pilate washing his hands of any responsibility for the death of Jesus? I very much doubt that happened…but the newly adopted state religion of the Roman Empire could hardly accept responsibility for killing its own Saviour, could it? And there were those handy Jewish scapegoats there in the narrative just waiting to be blamed.

Of course, there’s another figure in Christian mythology who regularly gets depicted as having traditionally Jewish features and that’s Satan. The Church literally took the face of its Messiah and painted it onto the Devil. The Church was so desperate to justify people’s hatred of the Jews that it white washed its Messiah, gave him blond hair and blue eyes, and took his real face and put it on the Devil.

The first Pope, Peter, was a Jew. The Messiah was a Jew. Christianity has its roots, both ethnically and religiously in the Jews and Judaism and yet it has consistently denied Jesus’s Jewish identity.

That is anti-Semitism. The same tradition that paints a different face on Jesus is also responsible for the gas chambers at Auschwitz.