May 02, 2002

ON "PASSING"

ON "PASSING": Zen Flea (first I've heard of her) meditates on being able to "pass," i.e., as not Jewish, which prompts Asparagirl to reflect on looking very Jewish. I threw in my two cents on my goyishe punim on Asparagirl's comment board:

I can "pass" for sure; my lineage is half-WASP (and I have a New Testament first name). Sometimes it's like being a spy-- you get to hear the casual antisemitism that goes on when gentiles think the Tribe isn't looking. It's not that bad, generally limited to relatively harmless (if tasteless) jokes.

The flip-side is feeling physically out of place in Hebrew school. I've always been proud to be Jewish and sometimes wished it was more obvious.

There's another paragraph, but it'll only make sense after reading Asparagirl's post. (How strange to blockquote one's own words... but I couldn't think of another way to do it. I don't like large amounts of italics.)

Posted by John Tabin at May 2, 2002 08:51 AM
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