Category: Religion and Judaism
WE REMEMBER: GLOBAL LGBTQ COMMUNITIES IN CRISIS
Tisha B’Av is considered the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. It is a time to reflect on the destruction of the ancient Temples in Jerusalem, as well as other communal tragedies of the Jewish people. In symbolic tribute to the ritual observance of Tisha B’Av, GLOE will mark this day by examining the current climate of persecution targeting LGBTQ communities around the world, including the recent wave of detention and torture of gay men in the Chechnya region of Russia, and the impact of the global LGBTQ refugee crisis created by factors such as systematic executions of LGBTQ people by the Islamic State and anti-gay legislation passed in places like Uganda.
“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.”
Whiteness! Smh. This article lists all the frustrations I have with the question even being asked. Somebody please call the kettle…
Thanks Margaret for sharing.