Ashkenazi Privilege Checklist
___ I can walk into my temple and feel that others do not see me as outsider.
___ I can walk into my temple and feel that others do not see me as exotic.
___ I can walk into my temple and feel that my children are seen as Jews.
___ I can enjoy music at my temple that reflects the tunes, prayers, and cultural roots of my specific Jewish heritage.
Joel Etienne (Toronto, Canada)
Terribly chagrined by the loss of life in Dallas Texas, Minnesota and Louisiana this week. Communities of colour, like any other communities, cannot live in democracy, prosperity and safety, without first and foremost being able to live in security.
This absolutely necessitates and requires good policing. The shocking conclusion to this week of sorrow, is that both good people in police uniform, and good civilians were without justification victimized, and murdered leaving families and children, reeling, and a continent in sorrow.
I send my prayers to the good cops, the good community leaders, and to all the good civilians of all creeds who wish to live their lives in harmony.
I send my prayers and condolences to the families of the Dallas Police Officers who lost loved ones last night, and to the families of Mr. Philando Castile, a Montessori worker, and Mr. Alton Sterling.
Tyler Samuels (Toronto, Canada)
No Justice, No Peace
I can honestly say I am now completely broken, the system that attacks black people has finally crushed the last bone of resistance in me after four years of non-compliance to a regime that seems almost blind to the ongoing crisis when it comes to policing in both Canada and the United States. I am tired of waking up every morning to see that another black man, woman or individual has been murdered by police for the slightest infractions. I am tired of my various white friends telling me, “I don’t understand the case” or “The system isn’t racist against blacks.” I am tired of hearing that young African-Americans can hardly walk down the street without being interrogated by police while white Americans within the similar age can go free without prohibition to their person. I am tired of people saying not all police officers are bad and I am exhausted on the excuses upon excuses that are given each day to Black people to explain away racism within the police force.
Excerpt By: Aliza Hausman (Los Angeles, USA)
“According to some people being Jewish now means that I’m no longer Hispanic (I’ve gotten this one from Jews and non-Jewish Latinos alike) and according to some people being Hispanic means I can never really be Jewish (I’ve gotten this one mostly from Jews).
Some people surveying my situation have noted that as a Jewminicana, I fit innowhere because I make both the Jews and Dominicans–and even some of the Dominican Jews–of the world uncomfortable (not to mention everyone else).
Tyler Samuels (Toronto, Canada)
How not to anger a JOC
I`ve realized that most Jews who are white have a hard time dealing with Jews who are black or any other colour. Heck Jews who are darkly tanned are confronted with bigotry at shuls or other public places where they expect to be treated accordingly as a fellow Jew and not as some sort of racial pariah stalking out to steal a wallet as everyone is singing Aleniu. Nor are we here to attack you with our black on black crime that apparently you know so well. We are Jews who bleed and weep when terrorist attacks occurs to when swastikas are spray painted on the synagogue door. However this cannot penetrate the skulls of a lot of Jews who can pass as white and I`ll list them out for you, Continue reading