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Monday, December 05, 2016

Jews, race, ethnicity, and religion

A good read in The Atlantic on whether Jews are "white" or whether we constitute a distinct racial or ethnic group, and what that means for our place in American society. It is a question that may be more relevant in the coming years, on both sides of the political spectrum.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on December 5, 2016 at 09:54 AM in Howard Wasserman, Religion | Permalink


The article is written from the perspective of American Jews who are predominantly Ashkenazi and whose grand parents were from Europe. After living for a long time in Europe they surely became "white" inasmuch as the climate and diet and sun exposure would lighten them up. Plus, there was no doubt intermingling explaining the many jewish folk with blue eyes that I have encountered. Yet, as a people jewish people are not really "white" they are semites people who are from the middle east. If you visit Isreal you will see a majority of darker (brown not white) muscular types quite unlike the American jews we often encounter. They also grow bigger in Isreal. It could be the body prospers in in natural habitat.

Posted by: Guest | Dec 5, 2016 3:38:14 PM

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