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  •  I have a number of Jewish friends (10+ / 0-)

    In one of the reddest of red states, as well as Jewish family members and people in my family who are not Jewish (including myself) mistaken as being Jewish. My own mother was once denied housing because, as she was bluntly told, "We don't rent to Jews in this neighborhood."

    My mother was not Jewish.

    Oh, the joys of a multi-ethnic family ... we drive everyone crazy. I even drove a dentist crazy a month or so ago because my appearance said one thing, but my teeth said something else altogether.

    In any case, I know from experience that Jewish people experience quite a bit of discrimination in much of this country.

    New York City is an exception to that rule. Travel down south for an eye-opener ...

    •  New York is an exception nowadays (4+ / 0-)

      It was not always so. My mom, born and raised in the Bronx, experienced a good deal of antisemitism growing up. Before I left New York City I lived in Jackson Heights, a neighborhood much of which, when developed in the teens and 1920's, specifically excluded Jews (I'm sure you can find deed restrictions that survive even now, though of course they are neither enforced nor enforceable). Ironically Jackson Heights became a heavily Jewish neighborhood following WWII, though even then I believe a significant number of the cooperatives there refused to allow Jews to purchase units there until well into the 1950s and perhaps even longer.

      I meanwhile grew up in a garden apartment development in eastern Queens that was lily-white until it was desegregated by court order sometime in the mid-1960s. The only African American in my elementary school was a teacher (she was, if I remember correctly, very well-liked by both students and parents). It was not until junior high school that I attended a school with any African-American students and they were there entirely because of busing. I would not recommend this sort of upbringing to anyone.

      •  Your comment raises a memory (1+ / 0-)
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        I used to be called The Jew.

        I'll repeat: I'm not Jewish.

        It's "interesting" how people will fight tooth and nail to deny the damage of these kinds of subtle cuts. It's even more "interesting" how they will insist the appearance of others does not affect their assessment of these others, that their assessment is based entirely on empirical evidence.

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