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  •  1980s grade 4 - 6 then we moved again (14+ / 0-)

    But it continues today.  I'm a visible Jew in the south - so there are two kinds of people who smile at me in public places - fundaloons and blacks.  Fundaloons suggest I move to Israel at the earliest opportunity when not trying to convert me - black people treat me like a person - down here, I'm not white either.

    And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

    by Mortifyd on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 05:24:03 AM PDT

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    •  I admit that I've sometimes been glad that (0+ / 0-)

      I'm fair enough to "pass". Also experience a twinge of guilt with that thought.
      I remember a child first finding out about the Holocaust being glad for my fairness, relieved that my Jewishness wasn't "visible".
      I didn't experience any targetting due to my religion as a child but my town was about 1/4 Jewish and I live in the Northeast.
      I heard quite a bit thought when I was living in the UK in the mid casual conversation even amongst people who didn't know eachother, showing how well accepted it seemed to be. This was amongst educated people.

      You are younger than I. I' m saddened that when I was in high school overt racism was so alive and well in parts of our country. Don't talk to the Black kids.
      In our high school we were about 15-20% Black. The Black kids kept to themselves except on sports teams. There were student-enforced "Black tables"in the dining room and White kids weren't allowed (by the other kids) to sit there. I tried to sit with my friends on the track team but they had to come join me because I couldn't join them (Black kids could sit anywhere)
      ah memories.

      •  I'm very fair actually (0+ / 0-)

        former blond, blue eyes.  But I wear a kippah always, I sometimes wear tzitzit, I have a beard.  I don't want to lose myself. I don't want to be mistaken for a hate filled redneck because the rest of my family are.

        I am a southerner.  I was born in the south, raised by southerners - but I was raised primarily in Europe and it impacted my world view dramatically.  My brother is 4 years younger than I am and completely a redneck boor and proud of it.  The times we lived abroad were not critical ones for him like they were for me.

        I didn't have a Jewish identity as a kid - family secret time! - but I remember seeing how they were treated (hence family secret time) - and I lived in the UK for a bit (boarding school) and absolutely the UK is just a horrific hotbed of antisemitism.

        I wasn't allowed to sit with anyone at lunch - I had an end of the long tables to myself, period.  NO one was allowed to sit with me in grade 4, so it was just automatic after that.  No one eats by That Kid.

        And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

        by Mortifyd on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 06:54:36 PM PDT

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