I’m Jewish, and I’m white – Real Talk: WOC & Allies – Medium

Several days ago, white supremacist neo-Nazis marched in Charlottesville, distributing anti-Semitic material and chanting anti-Semitic slogans. Now suddenly, everyone knows something that many of us have known for a long time already: People in this country still hate Jews.

One result of these occurrences has been a flurry of think pieces by light-skinned Jews of European origin. These writers argue that Jews like themselves (and me) aren’t white, are only sort of white, or should stop thinking of ourselves as white.

Personally, Charlottesville didn’t change how much I think of myself as white. If anything, it only strengthened my reasons for identifying that way.

Read on here: I’m Jewish, and I’m white – Real Talk: WOC & Allies – Medium

Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex

This article is from four years ago, but I am sharing this because I know many people I know and work with are unfamiliar with the difference between ally and accomplice. I’m talking more and more about accomplices because enough with allies who parachute in occasionally, feel good about themselves, and never risk anything. To me, risking something is the difference between ally and accomplice. So I want people to know this term. Anyway. In case you needed this break down, here it is.

—tk

 

An Indigenous perspective & provocation.

This provocation is intended to intervene in some of the current tensions around solidarity/support work as the current trajectories are counter-liberatory from my perspective. Special thanks to DS in Phoenix for convos that lead to this ‘zine and all those who provided comments/questions/disagreements. Don’t construe this as being for “white young middle class allies”, just for paid activists, non-profits, or as a friend said, “downwardly-mobile anarchists or students.” There are many so-called “allies” in the migrant rights struggle who support “comprehensive immigration reform” which furthers militarization of Indigenous lands.

Read on here: Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex

Seeing White

Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story.

Why? Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for?

Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, in this fourteen-part documentary series, released between February and August 2017. The series editor is Loretta Williams.

Source: Seeing White