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Response to Dennis Donovan (Reply #19)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 08:52 AM

31. No, it's not that simple

This particular political action committee is deeply associated with Jews and Judaism, and the suggestion that they bribe US officials for nefarious purposes evokes centuries of similar tropes that were used against Jews. The issue here was not criticism of Israel, but evoking the stereotyping of Jews that goes back centuries.

It's kind of like black face - whatever the context, the moment you put on that shoe polish you evoke hurtful historical mocking of African Americans, and if they say they are offended, then listen. Or of a woman says that calling a female candidate hysterical is offensive, don't respond with "but this particular one is hysterical." Etc.

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