I forget how I stumbled on this old piece, but it is remarkable for the way it frames its question and how it answers the question.…
Here is an example of how my brain processes differently from most other people and why my status updates and posts usually need to end up so long.…
Unnoticed by most in the Roof Manifesto is the great contradiction on Jews -- considered non-white, except by POC, who consider Jews white. It's kinda like when Jews were "white" in Ireland because they were neither green nor orange.
Roof is, as he himself notes in his manifesto here, unusual among "racially aware whites" in considering Jews "white" if we would just give up our identity as Jews.
"In my opinion," writes Roof. "[T]he issues with jews is not their blood, but their identity. I think that if we could somehow destroy the jewish identity, then they wouldnt cause much of a problem."
But even Roof's 'liberality' starts to crumble on his closer examination of the "Jewish problem." As Roof continues: "The problem is that Jews look White, and in many cases are White, yet they see themselves as minorities. Just like niggers, most jews are always thinking about the fact that they are jewish. The other issue is that they network. If we could somehow turn every jew blue for 24 hours, I think there would be a mass awakening, because people would be able to see plainly what is going on."
There isn't any great lesson here from my perspective. I simply note that despite being as much an object of unreasoning race hate as any racial minority, Jews will always be considered "allies" (if that), as if anti-Semitism were a distinct issue and not really a racism issue at all (curiously, however, anti-Islamic prejudice *is* considered racist). Actually, I take it back. There is a takeaway. If we really believed what we say about racial identity being a mere social construct, then we would view anti-Semitism, which is specifically about creating a racial construct of "Jews" as a separate race, as a form of racism. Certainly Roof and his fellow "racially aware" whites think so. But, like an inverse chameleon, Jews will always be apart. White to POC, non-white to white.
If this sounds bitter, it is actually to the contrary. Fewer things so prove our own Jewish perception of uniqueness and our unique role in the world. We will always stand out, for better or worse. We can chose to abandon our identity and "pass," but invariably our identity will catch up with us one way or another.