hobbular asked: Question for you (that I hope strikes the "it's Friday and that's an interesting thing to think about" chord rather than the "holy shit why would you ever ask that you horribly offensive person" chord): in the context of race and privilege in the US, would you consider American Jews to be a separate race from "white people"? I'll understand if you want to answer on private - I'm just curious as to your personal opinion.
Race is a social construct - so no. Not in the case of American Jews who look like me - though, there are Jews who are people of color. I’d also hesitate to say “Askenazim are white” because there are mixed Jews who may have on Askenazim parent and another who isn’t.
But - I think in the last fifty or so years, Jews with skin like mine have successfully assimilated into whiteness. I know some people refer to this as “white passing” but - I’m white. I have the privileges of being white.
Jewishness still is an ethnic Other and perhaps Jewish people who are white are a white Other but we are still white.
(This being said: there are a few significant people who might refer to themselves as race realists, white supremacists, or having “white pride’ who almost certainly don’t consider Jews ever white. However these are not the majority of people even though there are a lot more than you’d think!)