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In Danger Of Being Anti-Semantics:

With the recent attacks taking place against Jewish people in New York & elsewhere, it seems that anti-Semitism is on the rise. Let’s run this back. Let’s not be overly promiscuous with our words.

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I received this promoted (targeted?) tweet recently:

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From the American Jewish council – translate the hate

Let’s do I thought experiments suppose I am a person who travels to Ghana well there I start to establish roots and over sometime unable to receive dual citizenship. Now let’s say I eventually receive a role within the US government or find myself in a position to influence policy. Ghana comes up in one shape or form. Does having dual citizenship add bias to any decisions I may make regarding US foreign policy relating to Ghana? That’s just a thought.

Jewish people are an in group within American society. Wealth, power & influence – in which they fought & died for, has become characteristic of their group. It’s quite difficult to lend sympathy to a group that is in position. Jews make up 2.2% of the American population. Over the years the Jewish group has become synonymous with success, but that was not always the case.

In 1909, New York’s Jews established a self-aid organization named Kehila. It was divided into departments dealing with health and education, and even crime. For example, they hired a detective to locate Jewish criminals in New York and hand them over to the police.

The secret to Jewish success

The key to Jewish success has been, their commitment to hard work, study & keeping their strong cultural ties. These are characteristics our people (Black folk) should work to emulate. This is of course why we should study our coulture & not get caught up in the media depictions of our people, but I will touch on that at a later date.

The fundamental condition for Jews in the U.S. has significantly changed for the better over the last century. There has never been a better time to be Jewish in America. Jews live more comfortably and are more accepted in our democracy now than at any time in our history. Jews have been successful at every level in society, in culture, government, economics, the arts, in science.

Is anti-Semitism on the rise?

This situation of violence & verbal attacks is not unique to Jewish demographic. See the Chinese in Malaysia, Germans in Brazil & Nigerians in South Africa. Unfortunately success of can breed contempt. The good thing about our country:

1A keeps to keep our speech free &

2A to defend it.

Is anti-semitism on the rise? Possibly. But, we should be careful not to claim every comment or statement is a form of Anti-Semitism (aka. Hate-speech). If we can’t except some criticism, how are groups ever going to have open & honest dialogue?