i’m gonna type up a quick rant on ‘white Jews’ here.
this is a picture of me. most of you have seen me before. the majority of you also know that i’m a Mizrahi-Maghrebi Jew, meaning i find my roots* both in the Jews of the Mashriq and the Jews of the Maghreb. more specifically, i’m ethnically from both Iraq and Morocco. so if i’m Middle Eastern and North African, why is my skin so light?
the short, angry answer is that Jews aren’t white and white people don’t have lighter features patented. maybe you guys haven’t been clued in, but white as a concept does not mean light skin.
have any of you ever seen Laila Mourad? she was a Mizrahi (Iraqi) Jew who was probably even lighter than i am.
i guess Laila is white too, huh?
do you know where my coloring comes from? if you say Europe or white people, then you’re wrong. my coloring comes from Morocco—specifically my Amazigh ancestry. Amazigh is usually called ‘Berber’ in English (i don’t like that word in the least) and it’s basically indigenous people of North Africa. here are some pictures of Imazighen:
we are diverse in facial features and coloring—but at the end of the day, we aren’t white. we aren’t even TREATED white by any of you—so why should we force ourselves to identify as white?
you don’t own my light skin. you don’t own my blue eyes. you don’t own my brown hair. you sure as hell don’t want to own my clearly Jewish nose or my Jewish facial structure—so what makes you think you can own the coloring passed down to me via the Imazighen who’ve lived in Africa forever?
you don’t get to colonize our identities and features too.
*all Jews find their ultimate roots in the Middle East, ‘even’ Ashkenazi Jews.
also this is a really poorly written post, i’m just annoyed at goyim ugh
“all ethnic jewish find their roots in the middle east, even ashkenazi jews”
and we are all jews, no matter what colour we are, no matter whether that colour is light or dark
The Jewish people are like skittles. Feel the rainbow. Taste the rainbow.
As a Syrian-Iranian Jew (with a white catholic mother) I just…thank you. I’m actually crying right now because thank you because tumblr has shown me so so so much and given me such a gift of saying ‘your identity is valid and you are real and…just thank you’ *weeps*
Question : how does this negate any privilege you may have by being percieved as white?
I dont understand these posts truly i dont. Because it seems like ur trying to distance urself from whiteness which really isnt based on heritage more so how not black you are
Again privilege is how society views you. Its not a controllable immutable thing. And to try and distance uraelf from said privilege is really insulting to me
This is a big ass Not Me dance.
If you present as white, phenotypically and you get white privilege because of it, you white.
Cut the bullshit.
Exactly! In fact OP’s WHITE slip is showing because she played that tired I’m part this and ¾ that and half this and that derail that Euro descended white people love to use. Regardless of her ancestral heritage the white-passing privilege that she enjoys TODAY still stands and she has to own that if really she wants to keep it real. Otherwise, this is just more narcissistic myopic mewling from someone who is mad that her disingenuousness isn’t being treated as a fact for her convenience. FOH! Foreign Becky!
“whiteness… really isnt based on heritage more so how not black you are”
As a black Jew, I’d like to take this moment to say: what the fuck?!?!?
How “not black you are”?????
I didn’t realize white and black were the only two options now? I guess Asians, indigenous peoples, MENA people, Latinx people, etc all just don’t exist?????
You could have just said: “I think that the world consists of only the continental US.” It would have gotten the same point across.
OP isn’t even talking about privilege you fucking walnut. Yes, white passing people benefit from conditional privilege due to how they are perceived at first glance.That doesn’t make them White. It doesn’t make them suffer less from the effects of White supremacy movements and ideas.
Furthermore, as a ethno-religious group, Jews are not seen as white by in large. Despite individual skin tone.
We make up 60% of religious hate crime victims in the us despite being 1% of the population. In France, Jews are the victims of 50% of ALL hate crimes despite, again, being only 1% of the population.
“OP’s WHITE slip is showing because she played that tired I’m part this and ¾ that and half this“
Fucking where? All OP said is that she is part indigenous Moroccan (Amazigh). Guess what? Mixed people exist outside of the “black person and white person made a baby” dichotomy from hell. Or are you just too lazy to google what “Maghreb” and “Mashriq” are?
“this is just more narcissistic myopic mewling from someone
who is mad that her disingenuousness isn’t being treated as a fact for
Says the race-policing fuckwad.
As OP said, Europeans don’t own light features.
This is an Amazigh child:
This is a Yazidi woman:
This is a Syrian-Kurdish girl:
NONE are European.
Having a “light” skin tone does not negate ethnicity and certainly doesn’t protect you from antisemitism or other ethnic-based racist violence.
But seriously Tumblr really needs to stop this. You cannot just assume somebody’s heritage based on how their skin color appears to you. There are people who are black, Latino, Middle Eastern, Asian, etc. and “look white”. My aunt is so light-skinned when I was a kid I thought she was white, but no she’s definitely black. Her ancestors were black slaves. She is a bona fide African-American in every sense of the word. You do not get to tell someone with their ethnic heritage is simply by looking at them, and if you don’t know shit about a complete strangers I think identity, then you shouldn’t say shit about it. I am sick and tired of seeing these SJW cretins jumping down people’s throats for the “cultural appropriation” of a culture tumblr assumes doesn’t belong to them because of course they couldn’t possibly part of that culture due to their skin tone. You want to be anti-racist so bad but you are forever making complete assumptions based on nothing but your uninformed opinion about a strangers skin tone.