hite is NOT an Ethnicity—Answer a Random Questionnaire
I have noticed, with increasing frequency, that questionnaires regarding one’s preference for consumer products, to medical studies, and everything in between, now ask about ethnicity along with age, income, and gender. The latter characteristic on a questionnaire often comes with an increasing number of categories for gender which I won’t question here, but I will question why the following is what I received from a major consumer retail company regarding ‘cultural background”.
Here is the question:
How would you describe yourself? This can include cultural background, your parent’s backgrounds or however else you identify. (Clearly this suggests ethno-racial and or national background, but what culture is White??)
Feel free to check all that apply.
Aboriginal/Indigenous Canadian (First Nations, Metis, Innuit..) Asian (Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese..) Black/African/Caribbean Canadian (African Canadian, Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian…) Hispanic/Spanish/Latinx (Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Salvadorian…) Middle Eastern or North African (Lebanese, Iranian, Syrian, Moroccan…) Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (Samoan, Chamorro, Tongan, Fijan..) South Asian (Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Sri Lankan) White (German, Irish, English, Italian, Polish…) Other Prefer not to say
Since one can check more than one box, Jewish can be applied to absolutely every box but it would not describe “culture’ for most Jews. I don’t believe there is a Black culture per se either, but perhaps there is an Afro-American or Afro-Canadian culture, and of course there are cultures in every country, all unique to the geography and history of the region. Would it have made more sense to have offered “European” since other geographic areas are listed ie Asian, African, Middle Eastern, South Asian? Do Jews just click on “other” after all we are a small minority?
How Many Ways do Jews Bash Jews?
British journalist/commentator Melanie Phillips presents the view that Biden is feeding anti-Israel sentiment, while seeming to be Jew-supporting, in appointing anti-Zionists to key positions. This is a good leftist strategy. His most recent appointment is that of progressive rabbi, Sharon Kleinbaum, to the U.S. commission on International Religious Freedom. Kleinbaum is spiritual head of New York’s Beit Simchat Torah—the world’s largest LGBTQ congregation.
Phillips points out that “During Israel’s ‘Operation Protective Edge’ in Gaza in 2014, Kleinbaum read a list of Palestinian and Israeli casualties, including the names of Hamas terrorists, in special prayers during her synagogue’s services.”
Many Israel loving Jews are questioning their synagogue affiliations, seeking supportive communities for their Zionism, and for expressing support for Israel, especially now in the worst antisemitic environment since WWII. Passivity and silence is not an option. Speaking up is not a popular option, leaving the synagogue speaks volumes. Demonstrating support for Israel is an important strategy, being Zionist and proud, is a first step in combating Jew hatred.
An Approach to Applying Critical Race Theory to Jewish Situations
CRT, critical race theory, is unfounded bias against people whose skin hues don’t fall into specific colour categories, notwithstanding their personal or familial history and circumstance.
It is divisive, racist, denigrating, unscientific opinion bias. Many university profs are pushing this nonsense and even some government institutions and public schools. In the US, some states have banned the teaching of a false revisionist history that explains all the problems of inequity in society on race.
Barry Shaw, an Israeli blogger offers the following application of CRT:
As a Jew, I have decided to apply BLM critical race theory.
Anyone who is not Jewish is an anti-Semite and must pay me repararation for your guilt.
You must grovel to me for 3,000 years of anti-Jewish guilt.
Preference for jobs must always be given to Jews first to compensate for your historic racism.
This subject must be taught on every campus, in every boardroom, to the military, and in every church and mosque.
This must be taught in every school where children must be shamed for not being a Jew and must go home and blame their parents for being anti-Semites.
I demand a personal apology from every non-Jew on the planet and reparation payment for the damage caused to me and my people.
Unlike BLM, I have historical evidence that the anti-Jewish racism is not confined to white folk.
It also includes black, brown, Muslim, Christian, Catholic, Communists, Marxists, Nazis, Arabs, Romans, Greek, Egyptians, Syrians, Iraqis, Jordanian, Lebanese. Babylonians, Philistines, Palestinians, Lebanese, Iranians, Germans, Poles, Italians, Brits, French,
In short, the only ones not guilty of anti-Semitism seems to be Japanese, but I am still checking them out...
Barry Shaw, The View from Israel.
A Reader Confronts leading Canadian BDS Organization
Michael Teper who initiated a complaint with the Ontario College of Teachers against Javier Davila for distributing and teaching antisemitic lies to teachers within the TDSB, under the guise of equity and inclusion, shared his well thought-out letter to a major purveyor of Jew hatred. Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, has never been about justice or peace, but about Israel bashing and demanding companies and government boycott the Jewish state. Their campaigns are all demonizing of Israel and fit the criterion of antisemitism as defined by the IHRA. In his letter to the President of CJPME, Teper points out the positions taken by that entity further indicate their Jew hatred, supporting both Davila and Desmond Cole, an anti-racist activist and writer/commentator who also expressed disgusting anti-Israel lies at a recent educators conference. Clearly the Toronto District School Board has an antisemitism problem.
Read the letter to Thomas Woodley in full.
Dear Mr. Woodley:
First of all, I would like to thank you for your honesty in acknowledging that you had not viewed the whole video of Desmond Cole’s presentation to Toronto District School Board (“TDSB”) staff, prior to sending out your letter of October 8, 2021. That said, it takes a special kind of chutzpah to write an indignant letter to the TDSB to protest the reaction to Mr. Cole’s presentation, when you in fact had not viewed the presentation. Inquiring minds want to know which parts you saw and which parts you didn’t, so they can draw their own conclusions about the rational basis for your opinion. Incidentally, I checked out the website for your organization, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (“CJPME”) and there is this list of the CJMPE’s values, one of which is “Informed. Don’t speak to an issue if we can’t to it intelligently.” I wonder how sounding off on a video which you have only seen partially squares off with that “value”, but hey, it’s not for me to judge.