But, in fact, anti-Semitism was already quietly on the rise. For several years now, expressions of anti-Jewish sentiment have made up the preponderance of hate crime complaints in the city.
Contrary to what are surely the prevailing assumptions, anti-Semitic incidents have constituted half of all hate crimes in New York this year, according to the Police Department. To put that figure in context, there have been four times as many crimes motivated by bias against Jews — 142 in all — as there have against blacks. Hate crimes against Jews have outnumbered hate crimes targeted at transgender people by a factor of 20…
If anti-Semitism bypasses consideration as a serious problem in New York, it is to some extent because it refuses to conform to an easy narrative with a single ideological enemy. During the past 22 months, not one person caught or identified as the aggressor in an anti-Semitic hate crime has been associated with a far right-wing group, Mark Molinari, commanding officer of the police department’s Hate Crimes Task Force, told me…
A related issue is that bias stemming from longstanding ethnic tensions in the city presents complexities that many liberals have chosen simply to ignore. “When we were growing up in Harlem our demoralizing series of landlords were Jewish, and we hated them.” So begins an essay by James Baldwin that appeared in The New York Times in 1967 titled “Negroes Are Anti-Semitic Because They’re Anti-White.”
When a Hasidic man or woman is attacked by anyone in New York City, mainstream progressive advocacy groups do not typically send out emails calling for concern and fellowship and candlelight vigils in Union Square, as they often do when individuals are harmed in New York because of their race or ethnicity or how they identify in terms of gender or sexual orientation.
* Why would Trump supporters be violent (outside of lying press fantasies)? We have the White House. We have our good faith shot at accomplishing our goals without violence. Maybe it’ll work, maybe it won’t, but we got our chance. On the other hand, leftist violence makes a kind of sense, because they feel desperate and excluded, and they don’t think in terms of being given a chance.
* Norman Podhoretz wrote a famous essay in the early sixties about how, as a kid in the thirties, he was most scared of the Negroes. Every Jew in New York knows that they need to be careful around blacks and don’t have to worry about whites. The non-Orthodox will of course never admit this aloud in a million years, but the Orthodox are fairly open about it.
* Jews are genuinely a delight to live around. Jewish neighborhoods are almost always the nicest in town. Jewish schools are usually where people want to send their kids. Jewish-run companies tend to pay the best and have the best working environments. Americans would all love to live in Bel Air, attend Princeton, and work at Google.
Most run-in-the-mill racism typically comes from noticing a little too much. But anyone with common sense, an ounce of rationality, and the ability to notice can clearly see that Jews make much better neighbors than any random American. That’s typically why you see the racist elements of the electorate, like white Southern Republicans, veer heavily towards philo-semitism.
The only way to really be anti-semitic in 2018 is if you have the ability to rationalize convoluted, counter-intuitive, grand conspiracy theories about centuries long plots and bad juju. (Ironically this is not altogether that different than traditional Talmudic reasoning, so many of the higher-profile modern day anti-semites, like our site’s publisher, are actually themselves Jewish.) Naturally not only does this attract a lot of schizophrenics, who are most comfortable indulging in paranoid fantasies. It also frequently pushes those on the edge of mental illness over the edge of sanity. Much the same as the SJW obsession with micro-aggression and intersectionality does for the hard left.
* What keeps anti-Semitism alive is two things:
1) A small minority of left-wing, politically active Jewish intellectuals have made a decades-long hobby of undermining the cultural fabric of the US, primarily through media and academia.
2) The vast majority of Jews, who do not fall into group 1, nonetheless refuse to call out their co-ethnics for their bad behavior, or outright deny it. For good or bad, this shapes the perception of the group as a whole.
As you note, by most socioeconomic metrics, the Jewish people are equal to or better to the random Gentile. But where they fail miserably is the ability to chastise their own, more so if the offender has had some financial success. Asking a typical US Jewish person to speak candidly about say, George Soros, is about as fruitful as asking Linda Sarsour to speak candidly about the burqa.
To be fair, you can’t tell if the Jewish landlords are overrepresented on this list. Most landlords in NYC are Jewish. But it does breed resentment.
One of the landlords, Mark Tress, is identified as having arranged an initiative in Lakewood, NJ, to assist Orthodox Medicaid fraudsters by giving them no interest, on your honor loans to pay back after they entered a ridiculous amnesty plan to repay benefits they stole.
Tress is quoted talking about how we need to take care of the community. He has insisted that the NYC worst landlords list is inaccurate and even sued to correct it. The strategy in Lakewood has been to buy houses, pack them with as many illegals as you can, let them go to shit and get condemned, get federal money to build new low income housing, and fill it with “poor” Jewish students and their families.
The Orthodox have been stealing benefits for years and the state finally charged a few of them, but then backtracked and offered amnesty if they repaid in full. They secretly decided to accept less, and mayhem as ensued as it has been revealed.
When we were growing up in Harlem our demoralizing series of landlords were Jewish, and we hated them. We hated them because they were terrible landlords, and did not take care of the building. A coat of paint, a broken window, a stopped sink, a stopped toilet, a sagging floor, a broken ceiling, a dangerous stairwell, the question of garbage disposal, the question of heat and cold, of roaches and rats–all questions of life and death for the poor, and especially for those with children–we had to cope with all of these as best we could. Our parents were lashed to futureless jobs, in order to pay the outrageous rent. We knew that the landlord treated us this way only because we were colored, and he knew that we could not move out.
The grocer was a Jew, and being in debt to him was very much like being in debt to the company store. The butcher was a Jew and, yes, we certainly paid more for bad cuts of meat than other New York citizens, and we very often carried insults home, along with the meat. We bought our clothes from a Jew and, sometimes, our secondhand shoes, and the pawnbroker was a Jew–perhaps we hated him most of all. The merchants along 125th Street were Jewish–at least many of them were; I don’t know if Grant’s or Woolworth’s are Jewish names–and I well remember that it was only after the Harlem riot of 1935 that Negroes were allowed to earn a little money in some of the stores where they spent so much.
Not all of these white people were cruel–on the contrary, I remember some who were certainly as thoughtful as the bleak circumstances allowed–but all of them were exploiting us, and that was why we hated them.
But we also hated the welfare workers, of whom some were white, some colored, some Jewish, and some not. We hated the policemen, not all of whom were Jewish, and some of whom were black. The poor, of whatever color, do not trust the law and certainly have no reason so, and God knows we didn’t. “If you must call a cop,” we said in those days, “for God’s sake, make sure it’s a white one.” We did not feel that the cops were protecting us, for we knew too much about the reasons for the kinds of crimes committed in the ghetto; but we feared black cops even more than white cops, because the black cop had to work so much harder–on your head–to prove to himself and his colleagues that he was not like all the other niggers.
We hated many of our teacher at school because they so clearly despised us and treated us like dirty, ignorant savages. Not all of these teachers were Jewish. Some of them, alas, were black. I used to carry my father’s union dues downtown for him sometimes. I hated everyone in that den of thieves, especially the man who took the envelope from me, the envelope which contained my father’s hard-earned money, that envelope which contained bread for his children. “Thieves,” I thought, “every one of you!” And I know I was right about that, and I have not changed my mind. But whether or not all these people were Jewish, I really do not know.
The Army may or may not be controlled by Jews; I don’t know and I don’t care. I know that when I worked for the Army I hated all my bosses because of the way they treated me. I don’t know if the post office is Jewish but I would certainly dread working for it again. I don’t know if Wanamaker’s was Jewish, but I didn’t like running their elevator and I didn’t like any of their customers. I don’t know if Nabisco is Jewish, but I didn’t like clearing their basement. I don’t know if Riker’s is Jewish, but I didn’t like scrubbing their floors. I don’t know if the big, white bruiser who thought it was fun to call me “Shine” was Jewish, but I know I tried to kill him–and he stopped calling me “Shine.” I don’t know if the last taxi driver who refused to stop for me was Jewish, but I know I hoped he’d break his neck before he got home. And I don’t think that General Electric or General Motors or R.C.A. or Con Edison or Mobil Oil or Coca Cola or Pepsi-Cola or Firestone or the Board of Education or the textbook industry or Hollywood or Broadway or television–or Wall Street, Sacramento, Dallas, Atlanta, Albany or Washington–are controlled by Jews. I think they are controlled by Americans, and the American Negro situation is a direct result of this control. And anti-Semitism among Negroes, inevitable as it may be, and understandable, alas, as it is, does not operate to menace this control, but only to confirm it. It is not the Jew who controls the American drama. It is the Christian.
The root of anti-Semitism among Negroes is, ironically, the relationship of colored peoples–all over the globe–to the Christian world. This is a fact which may be difficult to grasp, not only for the ghetto’s most blasted and embittered inhabitants, but also for many Jews, to say nothing of many Christians. But it is a fact, and it will not ameliorated–in fact, it can only be aggravated–by the adoption, on the part of colored people now, of the most devastating of the Christian vices.
Of course, it is true, and I am not so naÔve as not to know it, that many Jews despise Negroes, even as their Aryan brothers do. (There are also Jews who despise Jews, even as their Aryan brothers do.) It is true that many Jews use, shamelessly, the slaughter of the 6,000,000 by the Third Reich as proof that they cannot be bigots–or in the hope of not being held responsible for their bigotry. It is galling to be told by a Jew whom you know to be exploiting you that he cannot possibly be doing what you know he is doing because he is a Jew. It is bitter to watch the Jewish storekeeper locking up his store for the night, and going home. Going, with your money in his pocket, to a clean neighborhood, miles from you, which you will not be allowed to enter. Nor can it help the relationship between most Negroes and most Jews when part of this money is donated to civil rights. In the light of what is now known as the white backlash, this money can be looked on as conscience money merely, as money given to keep the Negro happy in his place, and out of white neighborhoods.
One does not wish, in short, to be told by an American Jew that his suffering is as great as the American Negro’s suffering. It isn’t, and one knows that it isn’t from the very tone in which he assures you that it is.
For one thing, the American Jew’s endeavor, whatever it is, has managed to purchase a relative safety for his children, and a relative future for them. This is more than your father’s endeavor was able to do for you, and more than your endeavor has been able to do for your children. There are days when it can be exceedingly trying to deal with certain white musical or theatrical celebrities who may or may not be Jewish–what, in show business, is a name?–but whose preposterous incomes cause one to think bitterly of the fates of such people as Beside Smith or King Oliver or Ethel Waters. Furthermore, the Jew can be proud of his suffering, or at least not ashamed of it. His history and his suffering do not begin in America, where black men have been taught to be ashamed of everything, especially their suffering.
The Jew’s suffering is recognized as part of the moral history of the world and the Jew is recognized as a contributor so the world’s history: this is not true for the blacks. Jewish history, whether or not one can say it is honored, is certainly known: the black history has been blasted, maligned and despised. The Jew is a white man, and when white men rise up against oppression, they are heroes: when black men rise, they have reverted to their native savagery. The uprising in the Warsaw ghetto was not described as a riot, nor were the participants maligned as hoodlums: the boys and girls in Watts and Harlem are thoroughly aware of this, and it certainly contributes to their attitude toward the Jews.