Heard on TV

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 5 23:29:21 UTC 2011

On Mon, Sep 5, 2011 at 3:14 PM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at ix.netcom.com> wrote:
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> On Sep 5, 2011, at 9:05 AM, Wilson Gray wrote:
>> On Sun, Sep 4, 2011 at 10:56 PM, victor steinbok <aardvark66 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> There are some people who think--for whatever reason--that "Jew" is an
>>> insult.
>> Unfortunately, there are reasons for thinking that.
> A Jewish friend of mine had to tell me about four or five years ago that it was acceptable. (So I also asked him about Heeb.)
> And I had to be told that deaf, deafie and blind are all fine as well, though my  concern about deaf and blind were not as strong as for Jew and deafie.
> If you're not a part of a community or don't have close access to it, you simply do not have a way of knowing. Dictionaries are more helpful these days and we now have Wikipedia, but it is not possible to be aware of what each community considers to be acceptable.
> For goodness sake, I learned in school about the Lapps in Finland in the 1970s. It took a coincidental meeting with a Sami in a bar in San Jose in the 1990s to set me straight on that score, and there just aren't enough Sami in English-speaking countries to inform everyone!
> Aloha from Maui
> Benjamin Barrett
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A friend of mine, ca.1973, allowed as how she felt that _Jew_ had
become an epithet, so that she preferred "Jewish." I wasn't being
taken to task or anything. She just happened to mention it to me out
of the blue, as people often do, when something's been galling them
for a while. IME and O, she's right to feel that way.

A lot of goyim are under the impression that black Americans are just
naturally as anti-Semitic as they are. Hence, they don't bother to
pull any punches when talking to one of us about the "God-damned
Jews.". And this has been the case since  long before anyone had ever
heard of Minister Farrakhan.

Once, a Japanese-American colleague said to me that the Chinese were
"the Jews of the Orient" - this was back in '57, when _Orient(al)_ was
still cool.  But it was unclear to me as to how he intended that
remark, whether as compliment - good at business, etc. - or as insult
- tight with money, etc. And, of course, there are the jocular
references sometimes heard on TV:

He's my Jew.
I've got to call New York and get my Jews on this!
I have to get my affairs in order. Hence, I must hie me to a Jew. (Get
it? A real thigh-slapper!)

Of course, youneverknow. F'rinstance, IMO, the recent brouhaha over
the use of _tar-baby_ was nothing but a bullshit smokescreen to
obscure real racism, such as claiming that the poor - overwhelming
black - are only "poor". As far as I know, no one has felt any
pressure to apologize for that.

However, the mileage of other colored on this point may vary, the more
is the pity.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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