There has been a lot of buzz (Especially after the JCC shooting) about antisemitism being dead. That incidents of it are overstated. That Jewish people just like to play the victim. However in the US alone where Jewish people are just 2.6% of the population we experience 62.4% of the hate crimes that are being committed. Therefore I propose a social media protest. Tuesday April 22nd. On the last day of Passover, the holiday that is supposed to remind Jewish people everywhere of our freedom.
Please post your personal accounts of antisemitism on social media sites like Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook. Use #Antisemitismisnotdead or on tumblr tag your posts.
Show the media that we as a people are still not free from antisemitism.
I think it is important to note, as others have, that the cited percentage is concerned only with those hate crimes that are committed on the basis of religion. Even so, this is an alarming statistic. Count me in as a participant in this important project.I am thinking about participating in this even though I’m understandably emotionally fragile about this. Because it’s important.
Goddammit there isn’t enough frozen mango in the world to make me feel better about this stuff right now *eats faster anyway*
I can’t believe shit like this is still happening. I’m so sorry. *hugs* My own (minority) religious group deals with quite a bit of discrimination too, though of a completely different kind, but I can’t imagine what it’s like to read about things like this shooting happening because of something like that.
Random personal anecdote: I didn’t notice hard-core antisemitism in my community until I went away to college in a bigger city. (I dunno if that was because we had basically no Jewish population in my hometown, or if I was just completely oblivious. Probably both.) But then at school, I was in a sociology class (of all places), and this student leans over to her friend and made a comment so antisemitic and vulgar, I was stunned into silence. I haven’t heard anything as awful since, but now I notice plenty of people around me making grotesquely stereotyped comments and jokes about Jewish people, including my own family. It makes my skin crawl.