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Is one’s Jewishness defined by genetics or faith? After all, one can be platinum-blond, blue-eyed and light-skinned born Jew or a convert who follows Orthodox Jewish law to the tee. It is equally possible to have a Jewish last name, very identifiable stereotypical physical Jewish features, and yet fail to identify as being “Jewish.” And who ultimately makes the final call? The individual themselves by self-identifying - or by being stamped “kosher” by a rabbi (and if so, by which rabbi?) or - is it the anti-Semites that decide who? The definition of a Jew permitted to immigrate under Israel’s Law of Return, after all, is based on Hitler’s Nuremberg laws.
In the United States, tension between blacks and Jews over the years has been in some cases attributable to the fact that, for the most part, Jews can so easily “pass” as white and benefit from “white privilege” - in some cases causing resentment when Jews define themselves as a minority that suffers from racism.
In the specific case of Dolezal, it was hard to ignore the fact that the combination of her European nose with her kinky hair that looks so much like a so-called “Jewfro” made her look as Jewish as black.
originally posted by: Sublimecraft
a reply to: theNLBS
So, Rachel Dolezal gets pwned as a white woman after years of living a life identifying herself as a black female. Aside from all the benefits she was granted because she was apparently black, it's interesting to watch the media portraying Ms Dolezal's scenario versus Bruce Jenner finally (publicly) identifying as a female after years of living a secret life.
One is glorified, the other crucified.......both identified themselves as something they felt was right, one could be construed as an "active choice" whereas the other an "involuntary" choice.
originally posted by: SunnyDee
The reality is a white woman found a way to rise to the top of her profession over others that might have traditionally taken that spot. She used all the resources available to a black woman but maybe not a white woman and ran with it. If you can't beat em, join em.
I am trying to figure out, the irony in all this, can't quite pinpoint what angle it is yet.
originally posted by: funkadeliaaaa
Never know she could have been working undercover for the feds.