That’s Scary

July 11, 2013

maayan_jaffe_square  A colleague of mine shot a link to me the other day to an article by The Daily Currant. The title: “Paula Deen Blames ‘The Jews’ For Firing.”

I must admit my brow furrowed.

I proceeded to read the piece, which explained that Deen was a guest of morning host Dave Garver on Atlanta radio station WTMI when she claimed “Jew executives” deliberately abandoned her in the wake of allegations that she was racist and made racial epithets. Deen was ousted from the Food Network as part of the backlash to her racist comments.

When Garver asked Deen if she expected to return to the Food Network, she responded, “I don’t know, Dave. … As soon as the N-word thing came up, the greedy Jew executives at the Food Network dropped me faster than a baked potato on a summer day. … I made those Jews all this money, and they still stabbed me in the back. As soon as it looked like their profits would be affected, they told me I was no longer needed. That’s Jew loyalty for ya’ll.”

What?

Ok — the truth is that this particular article is a joke — satire. Deen never said those things, it is just meant to make people laugh.

But the reality is that not everyone will read it that way. And jokes only work if people believe within them there is a shred of truth. Satire like this is not good for the Jews.

The Jews are the only people in the world who have found hostility in every country in which they settled — even in America. When the Jews first began to immigrate to America, the early colonists in New York, Charleston and Savannah tried to ban their entry.

And this article, albeit outlandish, serves to drive home the sometimes underlying anti-Semitism that still exists in America and that is becoming ever more blatant in Europe.

I Googled “Jew+Money” and 21,300,000 entries came up in 34 seconds. On the first page, one out of 10 entries was working to counter this stereotype. On the second page, all but one was written by or referencing an anti-Semitic source.

That’s scary.

The Anti-Defamation League says there are two things that we can do to combat anti-Semitism and Jewish stereotypes: Educate people. Talk to people.

“Teach people about the history of anti-Semitism and what is going on today. If people know what is going on, then they can do something to stop it. … When you talk to people they are able to understand what
Jewish people are actually thinking. This also creates a way for people to see that Jews are just the same as everybody else,” it reads on the website Stop Anti-Semitism Today.

Another thing we could do is create harsher laws to prosecute people who do hate crimes.

If nothing is done, if we just laugh at Jewish (or any other racial/religious) jokes and see a growing number of hate crimes as isolated incidents, if we pretend that covert anti-Semitism does not exist today, then the amount of anti-Semitism (and subsequently hate crimes and discrimination) will rise.

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