Honestly, I actually intended for this post to be about another subject entirely, but a friend brought an article to my attention to which I hadn’t seen before and I felt the need to respond….
Blogger, Failed Messiah posted about a Chasidic newspaper “Der Yid” and its uses of both the “n word” and “shvartze”
Failed Messiah also provides a rough, summary translation of the article in question.
“As if it (the Olympics) were the most important thing in the world, they [secular Jews, Zionists] even forgot about Iran… The ones that call themselves Am HaSefer (People of the Book) were busy during the 2 weeks [of the Olympics] with a untranslatable awe of every black nigger who ran with a few sec. faster than the other.
And they [secular Jews, Zionists] are the one’s that keep on writing, [that] the Haradim are giving insufficient education to their kids….[as] if to be busy for weeks with lame sports matchup’ of a few black niggers that run almost as fast as a monkey or a different animal – if that means advanced, then we’d like to stay behind.”
For all of you who aren’t aware Der Yid is the largest Yiddish paper in the US, founded by Satmer Chassidim, but read by many in the Yiddish speaking charedi world.
I wish I could say I’m surprised, by this….but instead I find myself merely disappointed. Disappointed that racism is so accepted in the community that they are willing to use such extreme language in community publications. Disappointment in the utter lack of embarrassment in printing the “n word”, shvartze, or comparing black people to animals because the publishers know that such racism is prevalent and accepted in their community. Disappointed that these words get tossed around with such frequency that no one would bat an eye at their usage. Continue reading