Category: Black, Race + American

What Jews Of Color Hear When You Say Gal Gadot Isn’t White

“Despite arguments to the contrary, race is not a metaphysical phenomenon nor a biological reality. If Mueller, Behan, Tuttle-Singer and Rosenbaum were to focus their sights on the specific political institutions of the United States and Israel that produce race, they might reconsider their conclusion that white Ashkenazi Jews are a “people of color” or “white-passing.” Were European Jews not white when they joined their fellow white-skinned Americans as willing participants in chattel slavery — owning slaves in the American Jewish hub of Charleston at the same rates as their Christian neighbors? Were they not able to naturalize as “free white persons” when Asian immigrants were categorically deemed “aliens ineligible for citizenship?” Were they not recipients of white privilege and power when the reaped the financial benefits of the G.I. Bill that systematically excluded Black veterans? Certainly, there has always been anti-Semitism in the United States — from anti-Jewish immigration quotas to exclusive housing covenants. But to deny that European Jews have by and large benefited from the construction of white supremacist settler states in North America is an insult to the communities on whose backs the “American Dream” has been built.”

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‘Get Out’ Is Even Better Than Woke White Critics Have Told You

Get Out is a masterpiece. It doesn’t just walk the tightrope between horror and comedy, it does cartwheels and pirouettes on the wire before nimbly vaulting back and forth between the two.

It is smart and silly, wry and angry, of the moment and steeped in history. It works on so many levels it could double as an elevator, in a pinch. It is also much, much more than the satire of white liberalism it is ecstatically hailed as being.

The set-up is deliciously simple: a white woman brings her black boyfriend home to meet her parents, but something is very wrong. It would be easy to say there’s a bit of Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner in there, or a bit of The Stepford Wives, but there’s more to it than shared DNA.

ACT@25

Today’s ACT@25: Program A, at 3 p.m., is an ‘early, after church/brunch show’ with primarily new and seldom-seen works; Program B, at 6 p.m., is a before- or after-dinner show, ‘a little naughty and bawdy’; and Program C, at 9 p.m., is a late-night show for the ‘grown and sexy.’

Sunday, May 28. Undercroft Theater of Mount Vernon United Methodist Church,, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Tickets are $15 per program, or $30 for a pass to all three. Call 240-582-0050 or visit actat25.homesteadcloud.com.

 

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