The Jews, long ago, have stopped being the canary in the coalmine.
Let’s begin with a word of caution. We will see that the core of racism also exists in the oppression of White Jews, women, Gays, Trans, kids, Crazies, and Workers. Yet, they still had more arrogance and privilege as Whites. Unfortunately, there is a hierarchy of suppression. So, a White upper-middle-class Gay man isn’t in the same position as a Black Straight boy living in poverty. Please bear this in mind when reading the below.
On December 10, 1991, yesterday 30 years ago, the UN unanimously declared antisemitism a form of racism. Though, to this day, it hasn’t stopped its Israel bashing. But at least, it got the principle down. Never mind that the question if antisemitism is racism is a complex one.
That in itself was a far cry from its 1975 declaration that the national aspirations of the Jewish People, Zionism, was a form of racism. Every other nation in the world was allowed its own country but the Jews.
Not so Gay
But, even when the UN will actually treat the Jewish People fairly, so much work still will need to be done. I’m not so optimistic about how long it’ll take the UN to consider Gays’ Oppression a form of racism too.
After all, the essence of a Gay sexual orientation is the need to be intimate with people of the same sex. And, the crux of a Trans gender identity is the need to be seen for the gender one happens to have. Sexual orientation and gender identity are forever etched into the brain at a very young age, probably before birth. So, Gay and Trans people are neuro-physically different from the majority. To oppress them is racism.
(People may act as Jews, women, Gays, or Trans, and be oppressed for that, but that doesn’t make them into Jews, women, Gays, or Trans.)
(For those obsessed with skin color: that may be a frequent trigger and excuse for racism. Yet, the heart of this outrage is cultural. Kids and non-Caucasians are repressed because their minds are labeled primitive. And, bear with me, the discrimination of Trans women shows that the core of sexism is not their sex but gender. Sexism is a form of racism not because of female genitals, but of the supposed inferiority of the female mind.)
Global safety and dignity for the Jews is still a far cry from reality. But, safety, dignity, equality, and respect for Gay and Trans people are not even in sight. Especially, but not only, owing to religious bigotry. Secular people need to improve on humanism, and the religious must follow suit.
And Many Other Minorities and Majorities
And if Trans-oppression is about the mind and not the body, how much more so the denigration of those labeled crazy. Crazy says something only about the one who does the labeling—a lack of respect, time, patience, empathy, etc. Craziness is a normal reaction to a crazy life.
But the repression of blue-color workers is mental too. It has little to do with them being poor or stupid. They’re often the most flexible, which means smart. Many of them were often discouraged about being keen. They are despised because their language, culture, and mindset are labeled primitive and backward. No different from White racism.
So, most White people know racism from their own flesh. That should help them to understand how to be Allies to non-Caucasians.