Monday, October 15, 2007

Jews in the Modern World

Recently, Vanity Fair put out a list of the worlds most powerful people, which raised eyebrows as over half of the people included were of Jewish descent. Considering the proportionally tiny number of Jews in the world, this is a truly remarkable achievement.

It is made all the more amazing when you consider the the incredible prejudice that has been a part of Jewish life in the for the last five hundred years. It is almost certain that, in that space of time, the Jews have had to absorb the most injustice and hatred.

Most races that have been discriminated against have been feared by the uneducated masses because of their different and seemingly odd culture. The Jews were, of course, hated by the common people, but were also defamed by the most educated and intelligent. These included some of the most intelligent and respected minds in history, including Ciero, Voltaire, H. L. Mencken, Thomas Edison, Richard Wagner, and many, many others. This odd alliance of hate by the elite and underprivileged makes the Jewish race almost unique in the history of racial prejudice.

Furthermore, nearly all the movements and regimes and that stood against any group of minority included Jews on their undesirable list. The Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi's, the Soviets, and the Inquisition all share one group in common whom they hated- the Jews.

Throughout history, nearly all of those who hated Jews shared the same reasons: Jews were greedy, acquisitive, and privileged swindlers. Wherever they gained any measure of prosperity, they were accused of using their "clannishness" to help out only other Jews, while leaving Gentiles out in the cold. If a Jew was successful, he was nearly always hated.

It would be expected that such hatred and discrimination would leave Jews in the position of eternal victims- after all, no other group has been discriminated against nearly so much. (If anyone is wondering, blacks haven't experienced half the travails the Jews have suffered- the discrimination they faced in America is mild compared to what discrimination in, say, Nazi Germany meant). On the contrary, Jews have become perhaps the most successful people in America. This example of a race triumphing over adversity should inspire everyone- Jew or non-Jew.

The experiences of the Jewish people should serve an example for other groups that have experienced discrimination, such as African- Americans. While blacks have been brutally discriminated against, and still face discrimination today, I think that perhaps black leaders should attempt to shake off the apathy that many blacks seem to feel.

I can understand that being denied a promotion or a job on the basis of one's skin color can be disheartening. But the history of the Jewish race shows that success in a white (or Islamic, or atheistic) world can be achieved. Blacks should try to emulate their success, not sink to perpetual victimhood.

11 Comments:

At October 15, 2007 at 8:19 PM , Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

fabulous post!..I was going to post on this as well!
This example of a race triumphing over adversity should inspire everyone- Jew or non-Jew...exactly!

 
At October 16, 2007 at 6:21 AM , Blogger Brooke said...

Well said!

 
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