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I'm in an online college course called "Experiences in Diversity" in which we are learning about race, class, gender, and orientation issues in the US. My experience with this course has been mostly positive however, except for the fact that my classmates often put forth little effort and at times show tenuous comprehension of the course material.
I'm bringing this up just to give a little background and express that I don't always know when my classmates are not understanding what they have read and when they are just too lazy read & write discerningly.
The last essay we read was entitled "How Jews became White Folks" in which the author, Karen Brodkin, a Jewish anthropologist, discusses how the GI Bill of 1944 promoted the upward mobility of Jews in the US.
One of my classmates, when responding to a forum question wrote "The Jews (I hate that word) so Jewish people" as a part of her response.
I found that a little strange, because 1) "Jews" isn't slur, 2) we've read article with loads of actual slurs which no one has mentioned, 3) separately she referred to "Mexican people" as Mexicans (which to me is the same as saying Jews).
I just felt like it was a little insensitive to say that she hates a term that may apply to some of our fellow classmates (& fellow humans in general) especially in a class that should help promote sensitivity to such issues.
I asked her why she hates that word since it isn't slur and many people proudly apply that title to themselves. her response included " I just do it feels to me that it is a put down" and "I guess it is my religous back ground that affects me. I did not like anyone calling Jesus a Jew either , I just think it is disrespectful for me."
Does anyone else find that to be a strange response? Is there something I don't know about the term "Jew"? Also, I cannot understand why anyone would be offended about Jesus being called a Jew, of all the things concerning Jesus isn't that one thing that 99.9% of people agree on?
Answer by NotPanicking at 8:55 AM on Jun. 18, 2012
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