Semitic là gì

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Much lượt thích anti-Black sentiment isn’t always manifested by slurs, anti-Semitism doesn’t always come with a lighted marquee. It’s subtle — shrouded in absent-minded stereotyping, unchallenged colloquialisms, tepid rebukes of inflammatory remarks lượt thích the ones recently made by DeSean Jackson & Nichồng Cannon or, even worse, no rebukes at all.

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Jackson, a star wide receiver with the Philadelphia Eagles, has apologized for his Instagram post of an anti-Semitic quote attributed to lớn Adolf Hitler; và Cannon has issued two apologies for anti-Semitic comments made on his podcast, “Cannon’s Class,” during an interview with Richard Griffin (aka Professor Griff, formerly the “Minister of Information” for the hip-hop group Public Enemy). For Cannon, though ViacomCBS cut ties with hyên, his contrition was enough for Fox, which is keeping hyên on as host of its hit competition series “The Masked Singer.”

Both Jackson & Cannon have pledged khổng lồ educate themselves on the subject, a move sầu that would have served everyone better if they had done that before slandering an entire group of people with hurtful conspiracies and accusations. And of course one can’t help but wonder if this newfound desire to learn more is sincere or simply self-preservation. I genuinely hope it is the former. No group owns suffering & no one is too old lớn grow.

My first brush with anti-Semitism started at home page. My family didn’t collect Nazi memorabilia or anything conspicuous lượt thích that. Growing up, one of my favorite things khổng lồ vì chưng was visit family members in Chicago. I loved the cookouts, music & trips lớn the Maxwell Street Market many residents “affectionately” referred to as “Jewtown.” One day I asked a family member why it was called that & she said it was because before buying anything we had khổng lồ first “jew the price down.”

For 40 years that conversation has stuchồng with me. I didn’t have the vocabulary lớn express or fully understand it baông xã then but I knew enough khổng lồ feel that there was something fundamentally wrong with the name “Jewtown” and how it was talked about. Despite growing up in the segregated South, I never heard my relatives speak ill of trắng people và I’m sure no one felt that line of thinking — that shorthvà stereotyping — was harmful.


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The first march/prothử nghiệm I ever attended as an adult was the Million Man March in 1995. A bunch of us from college rode in a university van khổng lồ Washington, D.C., to hear Farrakhan giới thiệu his thoughts on what Blachồng men needed lớn bởi to uplift our communities. I fondly remember all of us singing along to “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” by McFadden & Whitehead as we approached the thành phố.

It was incredibly powerful to see so many brothers — young & old — gathered for the sole purpose of making a difference back trang chủ. Because of that day and Minister Farrakhan, I began reading more; worked to help underserved youth; even walked the streets with my church khổng lồ disrupt drug dealers on the corners và discourage gang violence.

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I tried my best to ignore the occasional anti-Semitic sertháng that reminded me of the day I was told khổng lồ “jew the price down.” Eventually Farrakhan’s repulsive words about the Jewish community became too much for me to lớn ignore. I just don’t believe you need to tear another group down in order lớn lift your group up. Exposing lies và dismantling unjust systems I’m all here for — but talk of Trắng devils? Nah, man, that just ain’t how I’m built. And if a popular leader were lớn refer lớn my community as Black devils, I’m sure the response would be adjusted accordingly.


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As I said earlier, my family didn’t mean any harm with their stereotypes, they just didn’t know any better. Jackson & khổng lồ a degree Cannon also voiced a laông xã of clarity on the issues in their subsequent apologies. (“I feel ashamed of the uninformed và naive sầu place that these words came from,” Cannon tweeted Wednesday.) But the ignorance of the offender doesn’t explain away everything about these recent episodes. It doesn’t explain why public chastisement over anti-Semitic comments is fairly muted when compared khổng lồ the reaction to racists’ remarks. It doesn’t explain why some Blaông xã people feel that disparaging Jewish people is an essential element to liberation.

Personally, I don’t think forcing a man onto his knees makes me taller.

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In fact, I believe it has the opposite effect because it undermines the very principle that the struggle for equality is rooted in: khổng lồ be judged by the nội dung of our character. I hope before the next person of note — Blaông xã or otherwise — decides khổng lồ nói qua some thoughts on an entire group of people they remember that.