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  •  Yes, I just read Tim Wise's diary (4+ / 0-)

    and it makes a very good point.

    I am of Jewish heritage and 57 years old.  I grew up in a working class neighborhood.  In those days, racism and anti-semitism was acceptable, and the use of slurs was common.  I have never been seriously persecuted, but have experienced enough anti-semitism to make me well aware that I am not part of the American mainstream.

    People of color always understand what I am talking about reagrding this, but many middle class, white, Christian people do not have a clue.  I have been told several times that, "there is no anti-semitism in this country".  I have also been told that expressions such as, "Jewed him down", and "Jew Town", are not prejudiced, just figures of speech.

    I can only imagine how much more pervasive and oppresive prejudice must be for people of color, who can be identified simply by the way they look.

    It amazes me how totally oblivious people can be.  I suppose, to quote from Rebert Heinlein's science fiction classic, "Stranger in a Strange Land", "Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches".

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