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Semitic là gì

08:50, 01/04/2021
Much like anti-Blachồng 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 và 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 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 him, his contrition was enough for Fox, which is keeping hyên on as host of its hit competition series “The Masked Singer.”

Both Jackson và Cannon have sầu pledged to lớn 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 & accusations. And of course one can’t help but wonder if this newfound desire lớn learn more is sincere or simply self-preservation. I genuinely hope it is the former. No group owns suffering & no one is too old to grow.

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

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


By the time I got lớn college, I had become intrigued by the message of Minister Louis Farrakhan & the teachings of the Nation of Islam. This was during the height of Gen X Afrocentrithành phố. I was wearing leather necklaces with medallions shaped like Africa, engaged in spirited conversations about “The Isis Papers” — Dr. Frances Cress Welsing’s bestselling 1992 book about the psychiatry of racism — while X-Clan was playing in the background.

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The first march/prodemo I ever attended as an adult was the Million Man March in 1995. A bunch of us from college rode in a university van lớn Washington, D.C., to lớn hear Farrakhan nội dung his thoughts on what Black men needed to lớn vày khổng lồ 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 city.

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

I tried my best to lớn ignore the occasional anti-Semitic sermon that reminded me of the day I was told to lớn “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 sầu you need to lớn tear another group down in order lớn lift your group up. Exposing lies and dismantling unjust systems I’m all here for — but talk of White devils? Nah, man, that just ain’t how I’m built. And if a popular leader were to lớn refer to my community as Blaông chồng devils, I’m sure the response would be adjusted accordingly.


As I said earlier, my family didn’t mean any harm with their stereotypes, they just didn’t know any better. Jackson và to lớn a degree Cannon also voiced a lachồng of clarity on the issues in their subsequent apologies. (“I feel ashamed of the uninformed and naive 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 lớn racists’ remarks. It doesn’t explain why some Blaông xã people feel that disparaging Jewish people is an essential element to lớn liberation.

Personally, I don’t think forcing a man onlớn 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 echất lượng is rooted in: lớn be judged by the nội dung of our character. I hope before the next person of note — Blachồng or otherwise — decides to lớn tóm tắt some thoughts on an entire group of people they rethành viên that.

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