Would gentiles like Jews better if we complained more?

A virtuous Facebook friend highlighted “Anti-Semitism Is Rising. Why Aren’t American Jews Speaking Up?” (nytimes) He suggested “Rock the boat and fight back.” (where “fight back” in the article is “complain verbally,” not “pop a cap in the Jew-haters ass”)

A year ago we had a big Jew-hatred scare from the NYT and similar media. Donald Trump had caused dozens of Jew-haters to call in bomb threats to dozens of Jewish schools. It turned out to be an American Jew in Israel with an auto-dialer and an angry Hillary supporter in the U.S. (see Donald Trump is threatening Jews?).

Here’s the war-winning advice from the best minds at the New York Times:

If the vinyl banners proclaiming “Remember Darfur” that once graced the front of many American synagogues could give way in a wave to “We Stand With Israel,” why can’t they now give way en masse to “We Stand Against Hate”?

Suppose that there is someone in the U.S. who currently hates Jews (maybe Iron John, who commented on my Black Panther posting). Will this person hate Jews less because there is a “We Stand Against Hate” banner on the nearby synagogue? Because American Jews fill their Facebook feeds with posts about how they don’t like Jew-haters? Because they see a group of Jews marching in the streets waving signs reading “We are super-likable people”?

[Separately, why don’t they have “Remember Darfur” banners up anymore? They don’t want to remember Darfur? They don’t care anymore? Wikipedia says that the war continues.]

13 thoughts on “Would gentiles like Jews better if we complained more?

  1. Andrea is right, but I like it better if we simplify and you just start popping caps in Jew-haters’ asses. Motivation!

  2. The Jews I know, I like and get along with quite easily.

    People like Timothy Jacob Wise, Noel Ignatiev however, give the rest of the Jewish people in America a bad name.

    Tim Wise on white people: “And unlike, say, the bald eagle or some exotic species of muskrat, you are not worth saving.”

    Noel Ignatiev: “treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity” (and many, many other sayings): got admitted to Harvard grad school despite not having an undergraduate degree.

  3. “We stand against hate” is too abstract to be informative. How about “We stand against James Dalmore and people like him” Would that be too long to fit on a banner?

  4. Synchronicity and serendipity. As I contemplate your post, I eavesdrop on the conversation of a recent Stuyvesant High School graduate:

    “What am I supposed to say to the professor, I dropped your class because you are a jew bitch?”

    Further eavesdropping suggests this young women is Ashkenazi, likely conservative, possibly reformed, but certainly not orthodox. I bet the professor was reformed.

    For my own part, I was just listening to Public Enemy’s “Welcome to the Terrordome”. It is a great song, whatever the “so-called chosen frozen” might say, for describing the feelings of someone overwhelmed by public criticism in a media feeding frenzy.

  5. Gentiles would like Jews better if they just got it over with and converted. It’s been 2000 years already, come on. This odd parallel society arrangement over the last 1500 years has been a chronic problem.

  6. Bobby: That’s a good idea, but to what religion should Jews convert? The U.S. has many choices now. Buddhism, Islam, the Baha’i Faith (see recent YouTube shooter), Hinduism, Shinto, etc. Even the most Deplorable of the Deplorables are reluctant to say that one religion, e.g., their own, is better than all others.

  7. Continental Europe, the Russo-sphere, and the Anglo-sphere have been united in Christendom for centuries. The idea that these areas aren’t Christendom is essentially Jewish and one of the points of irritation. The Iroquois got it, why not Jews?

  8. “We stand against hate” is too abstract to be informative. How about “We stand against James Dalmore and people like him” Would that be too long to fit on a banner?

    These sliding three-card monty definitions make it difficult to understand many ordinary sentences. Many such examples! But then, precision or clarity is not really what is desired.

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