Repost from Open Salon. My second post ever. I'm putting the stuff I like best up over here in case the other site disappears.

I started high school in suburban New York. One day there was an assembly run by students, ostensibly about the Vietnam War but, given the volatility of the time, it soon moved on to other topics, particularly race. My school was probably about 60% Jewish and 12% black with the color line and money line overlapping almost completely.

Anyway, a young Jewish girl got up and asked something like: “My grandparents came from Europe with nothing and made something of themselves. Why can’t black people?”

The question bothered me for years. One day I decided to try to answer it and I learned a whole lot more from that process than I expected.
I started by asking the following question: What made immigrant Jews successful in the United States? I identified the following factors:

Religion. This gave us a community when we got here and gave us a population that watched our backs more than the general population would have.

Family. One person would come over then sponsor a family member. Some would put up their relatives when they first arrived, like my grandfather did for his younger brother, until they got established.

Education. Jews were perhaps Europe’s only literate peasant population. Education translates to money, particularly over here.

Networking. When you’re a minority population wherever you live and the majority population isn’t always friendly, you develop this skill for survival.

Keeping a low profile. New immigrant populations that make too much of a fuss get in trouble. Again, a survival skill honed after millenia as a minority.

So, how does the black immigrant experience compare to this? I’m talking about enslaved blacks, not recent immigrants - their experience is radically different. Let’s look at the factors:

Religion. Forcibly eradicated.

Family. Forcibly broken up.

Education. Unlike Jews, they started as an agrarian population. Once they got here, teaching blacks to read and write was illegal in some states.

Networking. Impeded, starting on the slave ships, where slaves were deliberately grouped with others who spoke different languages. Once here, mobility was obviously difficult.

Keeping a low profile. Pretty difficult when you have the functional equivalent of a yellow star sewn to your forehead.

Basically, every leg we Jews built our success on, blacks had sawn off. It’s a miracle they got anywhere. They’d be a lot further along by now (in terms of demographics like median income) if they hadn’t had so many extra obstacles put in their path ever since. They still face a lot of extra obstacles, our black President notwithstanding. Some will argue this point; if you’re inclined to, please google Tim Wise and read almost anything he’s written or watch a video. He’s the best author on white privilege I know. Start by looking at comparative racial data on prison sentencing.

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Comment by Arthur James on January 10, 2014 at 2:46am


Good Morn . . . Hi lorianne and me here. WE have to be nice` gin.

Smile . . .

I mentioned I know a Hannah who attended PA Temple University.

She's a Yeshiva girl turned Radio Speaker, and nice book author.

She may be fluent in Hebrew, and married to a Lutheran Lawyer.

She believes Jake OUGHT to repost my missing deleted post, and

Jake ought to be honest. How can someone be so Nasty Jewish?

IF you can save Jake better than Tink can ` I buy you a beer?

I swear I got a six-pack of ` DuClaw` Sweet Baby Jesus! beer.


It's got chocolate peanut butter Porter Flavor. I got five left.

This is one of those post that I have trouble commenting on.

Sometimes I am dumbfounded. We humans all have issues.

Call Jake . . .

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on January 10, 2014 at 2:48am

This was/is so spot on.

Comment by Arthur James on January 10, 2014 at 3:18am


You have 8- read/Views


R.H. Deluty - Howdy ...




The faculty colleague -

Who opened his last book

And asserted that the poems

Were bizarre, disjoined, and

Utterly incomprehensible -

That she had been reading

The Table Of Contents


( if I not here I in pickup )

( I ride around countryside )

( I share Nat Sherman Smoke )

Comment by Arthur James on January 10, 2014 at 3:27am


So much early mourning fun...

I visited over @ Open Salon

I like the informing ` Most Recent.

I noticed Jon Wolfman has 22- views.

I hope a flannel shirt and barn boots

is just dandy and dapper for a Opera.

This Place @ 'Our Salon is almost as

Fun as the Kennedy Center's 2014 -

SHEN YUN 2014 - Reviving 5,000

Years if civilization - Dazzling . . .

Comment by koshersalaami on December 20, 2015 at 9:30am
Keeping a low profile is what you do when persecuted. Not necessary in this case.

Clothing isn't Jihad.

I understand the French case against Burkhas in drivers license photos, but head scarves? That's about religion and identification, not anything else. If my rabbi wears a yarmulke in public, it is NOT an antiAmerican statement. In fact, it's a testament to standard American tolerance.
Comment by koshersalaami on December 20, 2015 at 9:39am
Justifiably so

And how do we compensate for that?
Comment by JMac1949 Today on December 20, 2015 at 9:47am

Glad to see the return of Art James.  Let's hope he behaves himself.  R&L

Comment by tr ig on December 20, 2015 at 9:51am

note the date JMac

Comment by JMac1949 Today on December 20, 2015 at 9:53am

Doh!!  I thought... senior moment/brain fart.  ;-)

Comment by Myriad on December 20, 2015 at 10:05am

First, it's totally unrealistic to think of multi-seg of peoples.  Second, people of the same complexion, religion, even family treat each other abominably.  The problem is not fixable externally.  (Perhaps the gene-fiddlers should put their minds into this.)


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