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  •  hey, I have a few of my own . . . (7+ / 0-)

    When I was interviewing for an ENT residency position at Baylor in Texas, at lunch (with a bunch of residents and a few attending physicians), one of the residents asked me, "Are yew Jeeewish?"

    Bemused, I said, "Yeah."

    The resident turned to his attending. "Hey, Dr. Coker! He's Jeeewish! We could have another Jeew in the program!"

    It was, I should add, a friendly exchange -- he seemed very happy about his discovery.

    Flash forward a few years. I'm done with residency, looking for a real job, and I've got a midwestern headhunter on the phone with me. He's rattling off all these great opportunities, and every single one of them are from some state NOT on an ocean or major body of water (hey, I likes my beaches) and every one "is a good Christian community, why, they have 32 churches" yatta yatta.

    Then he mentions, briefly, something in New Orleans, but jumps ahead to something in Ohio.

    "Hey, wait," I say. "I like New Orleans!"

    "No, that's not right for you. There's too many Nigerians there."

    So I'm scratching my head, wondering about this ethnic enclave I hadn't been aware of. And anyway, what's wrong with Nigerians? I'd had a few friends in residency who were from Nigeria. They seemed like perfectly normal people.

    A few minutes later, he does the same thing -- glances over a New York opportunity because of the Nigerian problem. And that's when it dawns on me: Nigerian is code for the other N word.

    When he starts telling me about the next small town with 38 Southern Baptist churches (or whatever), I ask him, "So. How do you think these nice Christian white folks are gonna like a little hairy Jewish doc and his little Japanese wife?"

    He stammers a bit and eventually comes out with this corker: "Jewish? Jewish? Uh, that's okay. I think there's a Jewish church about an hour away."

    Subtle antisemitism is alive and well.

    We drew our heavy revolvers (suddenly in the dream there were revolvers) and exultantly killed the gods. -- Jorge Luis Borges, Ragnarok

    by Hobbitfoot on Sun May 06, 2007 at 08:57:45 AM PDT

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    •  I hear ya. (0+ / 0-)

      In a few years I might be retiring to Virginia or thereabouts.  Definitely a college town -- maybe Charlottesville -- those are usually safe bets for tolerance and acceptance.

      Even where it's a good, small non-college town -- unless there's some culture within driving distance, I'd probably go frickin' crazy there within a month; or just die early.

      Bush doesn't listen to anyone but the competing voices in his head. The winner he calls "God" and runs with it.

      by dov12348 on Sun May 06, 2007 at 09:07:36 AM PDT

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      •  when I interviewed at Wake Forest (1+ / 0-)
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        (near Winston-Salem, another good college town) they made sure one of their Jewish faculty interviewed me -- ya know, to make sure I knew I "wouldn't be alone."

        Funny thing is, I'm not that religious. In fact, next time this happens to me, I think I'll fluster the pants off of them by saying, "Hey, wait, guys -- I'm Buddhist!"

        We drew our heavy revolvers (suddenly in the dream there were revolvers) and exultantly killed the gods. -- Jorge Luis Borges, Ragnarok

        by Hobbitfoot on Sun May 06, 2007 at 09:10:22 AM PDT

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