Semitic là gì

Much lượt thích anti-Blaông xã 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 Nick 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 khổng lồ Adolf Hitler; & 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 him 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 that would have sầu 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 to 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 lớn grow.

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

For 40 years that conversation has stuck with me. I didn’t have sầu the vocabulary khổng lồ express or fully understand it back then but I knew enough khổng lồ feel that there was something fundamentally wrong with the name “Jewtown” & 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 khổng lồ college, I had become intrigued by the message of Minister Louis Farrakhan and the teachings of the Nation of Islam. This was during the height of Gen X Afrocentricity. 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/prokiểm tra 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 hear Farrakhan mô tả his thoughts on what Blaông chồng men needed lớn vày lớn uplift our communities. I fondly rethành viên all of us singing along to lớn “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” by McFadden và Whitehead as we approached the đô thị.

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

I tried my best khổng lồ ignore the occasional anti-Semitic sermon 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 ignore. I just don’t believe you need khổng lồ tear another group down in order to lift your group up. Exposing lies và 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 refer to lớn my community as Blachồng 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 khổng lồ a degree Cannon also voiced a lack of clarity on the issues in their subsequent apologies. (“I feel ashamed of the uninformed and 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 to the reaction 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 onto lớn his knees makes me taller.

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