Semitic Là Gì

Much like anti-Blaông chồng 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 like the ones recently made by DeSean Jackson and 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 Adolf Hitler; and 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 hlặng, his contrition was enough for Fox, which is keeping hyên ổn on as host of its hit competition series “The Masked Singer.”

Both Jackson và Cannon have sầu pledged lớn educate themselves on the subject, a move that would have served everyone better if they had done that before slandering an entire group of people with hurtful conspiracies và 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 and no one is too old to grow.

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

For 40 years that conversation has stuông xã with me. I didn’t have the vocabulary lớn express or fully understand it bachồng 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 White people và 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 và the teachings of the Nation of Islam. This was during the height of Gen X Afrocentriđô thị. 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 khổng lồ Washington, D.C., lớn hear Farrakhan nội dung his thoughts on what Black men needed to lớn do lớn uplift our communities. I fondly rethành viên all of us singing along lớn “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” by McFadden & Whitehead as we approached the thành phố.

It was incredibly powerful to lớn see so many brothers — young and old — gathered for the sole purpose of making a difference baông xã home page. 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 & discourage gang violence.

I tried my best to ignore the occasional anti-Semitic sertháng that reminded me of the day I was told to “jew the price down.” Eventually Farrakhan’s repulsive sầu 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 khổng lồ 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 lớn refer khổng lồ my community as Black 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 & lớn a degree Cannon also voiced a lack 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 lớn the reaction to racists’ remarks. It doesn’t explain why some Blaông chồng 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 sầu it has the opposite effect because it undermines the very principle that the struggle for echất lượng is rooted in: to lớn be judged by the nội dung of our character. I hope before the next person of note — Blaông xã or otherwise — decides lớn nói qua some thoughts on an entire group of people they rethành viên that.