Recommended reading: Dear White Teachers: You Can’t Love Your Black Students If You Don’t Know Them
“I was raised thinking being Jewish was safe. Not so much lately.”
Read the graphic narrative here: It’s All Happening Again
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.
Why aren’t white men showing up? Are we just averse to internally-focused work?