The Good Jew

Back in the USSR, once WWII was won, it became a really bad idea to be a Jew. People changed their first and last names, faked Russian ethnicity on their passports, hid their Jewishness with all they had but it didn’t work. Everybody knew and despised them.

As a Jew, you knew from infancy that something was wrong about you. A bad, shameful secret that always dragged you down.

Of course, people look for ways to wriggle from out of the shame. One such way was the myth of the bad Jew. “Yes,” said the Jews who used this method, “we have to recognize that a lot of Jew-hatred is justified. There are, indeed, Jews who are greedy, sleazy, dirty, dishonest, and repellent. They kind of deserve all the criticism. We are not like them, of course. We are good.”

The bad Jews of this myth had different names. I’ve heard them referred to as shtetl Jews or Bukhara Jews. They weren’t real, of course. They were a trick that sad, scared and ashamed people played to feel less disgusted with themselves. Interiorized shame and self-hatred are unbearable, so you project them onto a small part of the self and repudiate that part.

I always remember these sad Soviet Jews whenever I read yet another article by a white person denouncing “whiteness,” “white liberals / conservatives” or “white supremacy.” They are doing the same thing, although for far less respectable reasons. “It’s not me, it’s that guy! Get him!” – this method has been tried many times.

But guess what?

Both you and that guy end up getting your teeth kicked in.

Because for those who hate you, there’s no such thing as a good Jew.

A Good Diversity Training

This sounds extremely refreshing:

In a diversity and inclusion training for Free Library of Philadelphia staff last week, a presenter told the nearly 200 attendees to avoid terms like white supremacy and systemic racism because they were overused, distracted from solutions, and focused on just one race. White privilege — which she called “one of the other myths out there” — was another to avoid.

Of course, now the snowflake employees say they have PTSD from the workshop. Because it’s totally not offensive to people who have actual PTSD from being in a war zone or that kind of unimportant, trivial thing.

There are more details about the training at the link. It sounds actually good. I hope Dr Brandi gets a lot more invitations to give talks. She sounds surprisingly lucid for somebody in diversity circles.

Still Harping

I know I keep harping on it but it really bugs me.

We have a great office that works with disabled students. They do amazing work. It’s great to see disabled students on campus. It’s one of the biggest achievements of this country that disabled people aren’t hidden from sight because healthy folks don’t want to look at them or have them around.

We get very meticulous training from this office. One thing that’s drilled into us to the point that it’s now a basic reflex is that we should never question students about the nature of their disability or their medical status. We are told that it’s illegal to ask people medical questions in the workplace, especially when they depend on you for grades or wages. I’m completely supportive of this approach.

Why, then, is it OK to grill employees on their vaccination status, which should rather be called voluntary participation in an experimental gene therapy?

Even in a job that requires drug testing at the point of hiring, it’s not OK for the dean or provost to question you – especially in public – about the results of your test.

By throwing away good, useful practices over a perceived “state of emergency” we are setting bad precedent that will come to bite us into our ever-expanding asses.

And please, please don’t say “people can refuse to answer.” Is it OK if I start questioning students in class about their mental health status under the assumption that they can always refuse to answer? A refusal to answer is already an answer. Plus, it’s not easy to refuse to answer when the person asking signs your contract and everybody else in the group has already eagerly answered.

I remember when a young female job candidate was asked in an interview if she was planning to have kids “because we don’t need yet another person who’ll start procreating instead of working, ha ha.” Yes, seriously, I was there when it happened (I wasn’t the job candidate). All of the effort it cost at least somewhat to walk away from this mentality, and now we are bringing it back. If “public interest” trumps privacy, the consequences can be quite unpleasant.

AMLO Speaks Out

Central American leaders liked Trump and are very worried by Biden destroying Trump’s achievements on migration. First, El Salvador’s president Nayib Bukele – who has sky-high approvals in his country – spoke out, begging Biden to stop undoing the progress Central America made with Trump’s policies. Now the leftist president of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador has spoken out, too.

One of the delusions of the US left is that open borders are a gift to Latin America. They aren’t. They are a catastrophe, a scourge.

The veins of Latin America are still open, and today they are bleeding the greatest treasure of Latin America, which is its people.

We are moving in the direction of the US organizing a nifty little coup to remove Bukele from power to stop his opposition to this neocolonial despoliation.