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Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse looked like a young Queen Elizabeth II (if you see the Queen’s early pictures). BTW, it’s nonsensical to say one Ashkenazi Jew is white and the other isn’t. Either they all are or they all aren’t. It would be like saying a swarthy Irishman like Colin Farrell or Stephen Mangan isn’t white while other Irishmen are (and don’t get me started on Italians, Greeks, etc.).

Chaim’s Response to this Submission Below

This is an Ashkenazi Jew…

And this is an Ashkenazi Jew…

Can you seriously tell me that neither of them are White?

Look, I’m a White Jew myself. I’m a descendant of Holocaust survivors. Believe me, dismissing anti-semitism against White Jews on this site up to and including genocide makes me absolutely apoplectic on a regular basis.

But at the same time, it’s ridiculous to pretend that a White Ashkenazi Jew and a Black Ashkenazi Jew are treatedy quite differently both within the Jewish community and without it and while the “Jews are White” derail of anti-semitism remains disgusting, White Jews have to acknowledge certain realities that privilege us within our communities and in broader American culture. 

Anti-semitism against White Jews is still anti-semitism and deserves to be fought no matter who the perpetrator. But fighting it by denying certain realities by erasing the role racism plays in privileging White Jews over People of Color, Jewish or gentile

Now goyim reading this, this post is not a blanket excuse for People of Color to engage in anti-semitism against White Jews. Gentiles of Color are anti-semitic all the fucking time and don’t get a free pass because of the phenomenon of Jewish whiteness. I reserve the right to call out goy anti-semitism no matter the source. By the same token, gentiles of Color can call me out if I’m racist. 

So yeah, I hate it when people say “Jews are White,” I hate it because it’s usually done to deny anti-semitism. But do White Jews exist? Yeah, we kinda do.


The interview: Twice Kidnapped, Photographer Returns To War Zone: ‘It’s What I Do’

Lynsey Addario had been a photojournalist, working in war zones  for ten years, when she was kidnapped in Libya, in 2011, while covering the fighting between Moammar Gadhafi’s troops and rebel forces.  She was with Anthony Shadid, Tyler Hicks, and Stephen Farrell.  They were all on assignment for The New York Times.   It was a terrifying experience, yet Addario says she’s been lucky.  In her new memoir she writes,“I have been kidnapped twice. I have gotten in one serious car accident.  Two of my drivers have died while working for me–two tragedies I will always feel responsible for.  I have missed the births of my sisters’ children, the weddings of friends, the funerals of loved ones. I have disappeared on countless boyfriends and had just as may disappear on me.” She writes about her work as a conflict photographer, in such places as Afghanistan, Iraq and Congo, and about its impact on her personal life.  Her memoir is called It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War.


In March 2011, photojournalist Lynsey Addario was kidnappedin Libya while covering the fighting between dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s troops and rebel forces. She tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross that she remembers the moment she and her colleagues – Anthony Shadid, Tyler Hicks and Stephen Farrell – were taken hostage:

We were each begging for our lives because they were deciding whether to execute us and they had guns to our heads and I remember thinking, “What am I doing here? How much do I really care about Libya?” And then I thought, “Will I ever get my cameras back?” which is the most ridiculous thought, of course, when you’re about to die. Who cares if I get my cameras back? But for me, that was how my brain worked.

Addario writes about her experience in Libya in It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War.

Twice Kidnapped, Photographer Returns To War Zone: ‘It’s What I Do’