In a landmark 2018 court ruling, Jews became a protected "race" under American law. This judgement was divisive. The case, in which a Catholic convert had been denied a job beause of his Jewish bloodline, should have been a victory for victims of anti-Semitism. Instead, many Jews saw its result as short-sighted. They argue that formalising racial distinctions legitimises racism. And that this approach is in the same genre of identity politics as the Holocaust. Others claim that categorising Jews as a minority ethnic group helps protect them against discrimination. Are Jews white?
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When "white" is used to categorise people within our society, it includes social, political, and historical dimensions that Jews are disconnected from.
White identity is predicated on historical anti-Semitic white privilege
When "white" is used as a political term, it assumes exploitative relationships in which white people are the beneficiaries. Within these structures, Jews have historically been excluded and subordinated. To call Jews white is to paint over the many centuries of anti-Semitic discrimination faced by Jews.