"Maybe you would be better if you allowed yourself to be what you are."
"I don’t feel like wrapping my hair"
i don’t even know how to feel/ how i feel about this.
I wouldn’t even be able to iron on it!
I think this is betye Saar work
So I looked up the people making this (“Maid in Africa”)
Apparently if you dislike them or their shit or tell them they’re racist and insensitive they tell you you’re suffering from “mental slavery” and you need to “emancipate yourself”, you “patronizing hypocrites tripping on their own guilt”
A little more research and I found this too
15”Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains
I’m so sick of them profiting off my ancestors trauma
Why “Maid” in Africa on top of everything else? Is this bout to be a series of slavery-themed housekeeping products?
They finna roll out the Paula Deen Ubuntu cookware collection?
I was accused of comparing Nazi-Germany to Jim Crow in America in my writer’s class today. No. Not at all. I said, “There are a lot of young adult books from the perspective of Jewish children during the Holocaust or reflecting on it. In fact, one of the books I like is Miss Peregrine’s Home for…
I totally agree that there needs to be more representation of African-American history in children’s and YA literature, but I feel like I have to make few comments about your characterization of the Holocaust. Jews in Europe (whether they were Ashekenazi or Sephardi) were never considered “white” by the larger societies that they lived in. I think it’s difficult for many Americans to conceptualize when many of the Jews they meet need spf 45 to go out in the sun, but the racialization of Jews in Europe was not based on skin color but other physical features. Nazi propaganda was very much based on which physical features were “Jewish” and why those features made Jews physically and racially inferior. The Holocaust really had very little to do with religion as both religious and secular Jews were targeted as well as those who had converted to Christianity. Secondly, the Holocaust didn’t only affect Ashkenazi Jews, but also affected Sephardic communities in Greece, Italy and North Africa when those places were under Nazi occupation. There were also violent attacks against Jewish communities in the Middle East; Jews who would certainly be considered POC by American metrics.
In the end, both Slavery in the US and the Holocaust were both genocides, but their particulars are very different. The reasons for why there is more representation of the Holocaust in children’s literature has more to do with the oppressors than the oppressed. Nazi Germany was defeated (by the US no less), while the institutions that promulgated slavery (Congress etc) are still extant.
I want to know what being “considered” white has to do with our society’s perception of many Jewish persons who do in fact “pass” for white. The Jews I am speaking of are indeed white whether they were considered white or not. It has nothing to do with white supremacy excluding those who did not fit into their ideals as white, but the sympathy white people can give to those particular people based on their skin color and aesthetics. The thing is, “Jews have been persecuted!” is one of the most common defense against the theory of white privilege. Italians, Irish, Jews, and other ethnic European groups are only considered white to combat poc talking about white privilege and institutional racism against non-whites. The information above is redundant to me. I am aware of the persecution, the history of their aesthetics, discrimination, and eugenics that falls into that. I’m talking about Western media today willing to portray passing-white individuals as oppressed from a historical perspective, but not those who are dark-skinned. I am very aware there are poc Jews, but I’m talking about those who have passing privilege especially. Because those are the ones we learn about from our history books. The ones with nearly or total passing privilege.
Because I do think you mis-characterized the Holocaust (if you don’t get why it’s wrong to refer to Jewish victims of the Holocaust as white, well then..), and I really disagree with your notion that there is static notion of whiteness that includes Jews. Also the history of the Jews (both in the US and Europe) can’t be compared to other ethnic groups that are indigenous to Europe. My whole point about there being more representation of Holocaust narratives in media (only representing Jews who fit into white America’s conceptions of appropriate victims) has more to do with the Holocaust narrative being co-opted by the White establishment than about Jews remembering our own history. Most Holocaust stories are about the brave white people who saved Jews (Schindler’s List, the Boy in the Striped Pajamas) rather then about Jewish victims. That Jews who fit into white notions of respectability (Hasidim are never included here no matter how pale they are) are privileged over other Jews has everything to do with White Supremacy.
I did not mischarcterized the Holocaust because I have stated prior on my blog that not all Jews are white or passing. I’ve said many are poc or even of African descent. I specifically stated the stories that reflect on those who are either white or have white-passing privilege whose stories are represented in young adult literature. If people don’t see how that’s problematic towards other poc who are sushed about having their own stories told in this society, then that’s another issue. The first thing a person would do is say about how the Holocaust was “worse” than slavery when neither events can be compared. Then they may accuse you of comparing them side by side in order to divert the issue of erasure of blacks, homosexuals, the disabled, and other poc who were also targeted during Hitler’s reign of terror in Europe.
We are expected to get over slavery and Jim Crow, but then turn around and remember other poc or marginalized groups who were oppressed as well. The reason for this is because many white people do not feel directly responsible. They know they are responsible for anti-blackness, and that is why they would rather talk about anything other than what is still happening in American society this day and age. This society is directly built off of anti-blackness. Whether many of the Jews during the Holocaust were “white” or categorized as poc does not heed the notion that we have a conditioned empathy towards them more than those who are black or don’t have total passing privilege.
However, I do see your point after you added that explanation. I don’t disagree. The issue got started when I requested that African American youths should have their stories and history told, and people were slightly offended that I would even imply that Western media portrays the Holocaust in a white-centric light in comparison to those who do not fit into that image. I specifically said, “Those who are or perceived as white,” have more of a literary background in YA novels than those who are not. Because when people think of “Jewish,” they only think of it from a white, westernized perspective as you stated it. And I totally agree with you on Schindler’s List and have found that problematic, but couldn’t put my finger on it until now. What you explained in the last paragraph was actually the point I was trying to make, but sometimes I do more insinuations than actual explaining. But I do believe there are Jewish people who have white privilege, and those I speak about are almost always white. And it would only seem like an issue to point out an ethnic European as white if they try to dissociate their own privilege from whiteness. There is a difference between race and ethnicity, and I know about ethnocentrism, creed discrimination, and even aestheticism. There are, however, people who would like to pretend they are “not white” to stifle the guilt of their own privilege and even discrimination against others who do not fall into their category or aesthetics.
I totally agree with you that the Holocaust is used as a cudgel to silence POC when they talk about oppression and discrimination in the US. My point was that this is something that is done by white people and not by Jews (although some Jews also buy into the model minority myth.) A large chunk of the American Jewish community definitely has White passing or conditional white privilege and for many of them this is something that isn’t examined. It really benefits the White establishment to tell the story of the Holocaust where they can paint themselves as the heroes, whereas it doesn’t benefit them to tell the story of slavery, Jim Crow and the institutionalized racism that still exists.
Oh, I was never blaming it on Jewish people themselves. I was completely blaming white supremacy who use their history as a cudgel to silence poc as you said. Many white people (racists denying anti-blackness) pretend to care about the Holocaust affecting Jews and other atrocities happening to other poc or ethnic groups, but could care less about hearing black people’s cries and how anti-blackness is still embedded in our daily lives. I was intending to say that white supremacy itself cultivates the model minority myth, not Jews themselves. Sorry if you got the wrong idea or if I came off as projecting it onto them.
Oh I didn’t think you were blaming it on Jews. Just the phrase “White Jews” is used a lot to discount antisemitism, and it’s just really historically inaccurate. It’s a phrase that really bothers me, especially when it’s used to refer to historical Jewish populations that definitely didn’t have conditional white privilege.
But I really appreciate you having this discussion with me. I think it’s really important to see all the different way that white supremacy works, especially as it pits different groups against each other.
I agree. Certain people do disguise their antisemitism by talking about white privilege which has no relation to those who do not fit into it. I have seen cases where people would use disapproval of white privilege as an excuse to show off their antisemitism. That is something that needs to be addressed. As you’ve mentioned, those claims have been usde to discount antisemitism, violence, and discrimination towards a large and diverse group of people. There was a video on youtube where a white man was asking black people racist questions as a “joke,” and passersby were accordingly angry. One white woman with a black friend of hers remarked on how the man “looked Jewish.” He said he wasn’t, but she started screaming, “You’re a Jew!” in a way that showed me she was using racism at the moment as a guise and excuse to show off her antisemitism. The comments on youtube were very antisemtic and alarming. It is very alarming how people see antisemitism as something to hide when they talk about white privilege. I know there are certain people who have this idea that, “Racism is bad,” but don’t understand other isms that affect different groups of people. Many do not understand how homophobia, transphobia, classism, colorism, islamphobia, antisemitism, creed persecution, ableism, and ect intersect with white supremacy.
They have the basic fundamentals of bigotry, but still display it themselves because of a skewed social conditioning of what’s acceptable and what is not. And the majority of those people are white who hold those beliefs. Like some do get that it is “unacceptable” to be openly racist towards brown people in this society, but display other open forms of bigotry towards different groups or brown people who intersect within other margins such as disabilities, religions, mental disorders, and LGBTQ. White supremacy definitely pits different groups against each other, and that’s the whole point. It even pits people within marginalized circles against each other. It is the same way as how the patriarchy pits women against each other. It’s idea is to destroy all life that does not conform to their “pure” image of whiteness.