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I’m personally not the best person to ask this considering I’m not Jewish. I’ll refer back to this. It is to my understanding that while Jews are not considered white, some can be white-passing, while some aren’t. On Gal Gadot being considered a woman of color, well, hmm, thoughts by my Jewish followers?
I’d say you’ve got it pretty much right. Let’s start with the easy part: Gal Gadot is not a PoC because she is from Israel, because while that’s where she was born, she’s ethnically Ashkenazi (European) Jewish. Similar to Natalie Portman, Ayelet Zurer, and other actresses who were born in Israel but have Ashkenazi roots. If Gal Gadot was ethnically Israeli, she would most definitely be a PoC, but that’s not the case.
Now, the tougher question: Are Ashkenazi Jews PoC?
Ashkenazi Jews, like pretty much all Jews except converts, trace their roots back to the Levant, as the post you linked to mentioned. But with modern Ashkenazi Jews, you have to go pretty far back to find those roots, and after all if you go back far enough everyone is descended from PoC. How far back do you have to go before it becomes irrelevant? I don’t have a good answer.
As the post you linked to also discussed, racists and white supremacists most definitely do not consider Jews (Ashkenazi or otherwise) white. In fact, they consider us a huge “threat” to the white race. Now, you could argue (and I have seen other Jews make the argument) that we shouldn’t let white supremacists define our identity, but at the end of the day it’s a question of white privilege more than skin color, and Anti-Semitism is and always has been couched in explicitly racist terms. You can’t honestly claim it’s purely religious discrimination when Anti-Semites frame their hate in terms of the “Jewish race” and display equal prejudice towards Jews who are not remotely observant.
So, in the eyes of white racists, we are not truly white, and therefore don’t benefit from white privilege in the same way that “real” white people do. But most Ashkenazi Jews certainly look pretty dang white, and that’s a privilege in itself. Does that make us white or white-passing? Again, I don’t have a good answer.
The fact of the matter is, I know Ashkenazi Jews who unequivocally label themselves as white, Ashkenazi Jews who consider themselves white with qualifications, and Ashkenazi Jews who firmly consider themselves to be PoC (albeit white-passing ones).
For me, personally, it would feel dishonest to label myself a PoC. I look white. Everyone in my family looks white. I check off “White” whenever I have to fill out my race on a form.
And yet, I’m also aware that there are people out there who wouldn’t consider me white at all, and that makes a difference. So there isn’t an easy answer to the question.
To be on the safe side, I don’t challenge any Ashkenazi Jews who choose to label themselves as PoC, but otherwise I avoid categorizing Ashkenazi Jews as PoC. To me, Ashkenazi Jews fall into a kind of indeterminate category of “not PoC, but not exactly white either”. Others see the issue differently. I wish I had a simpler answer to give you, but it’s not a simple question.
However, the important thing is: If you’re going to label Gal Gadot a PoC, it should be because you consider Ashkenazi Jews PoC, not because you’ve incorrectly assumed that her nationality and her ethnicity must be one and the same. The issue is confused enough without spreading misinformation.
Isnt it amazing how beautiful people are. Like just look at anyone and study them and their features and how their lips tort and eyes glisten and how their hair falls or sticks or lays. How their eyebrows flex and the way their arms fold, how expressive their hands are. The way their body moves and how their chest rises and falls so subtley with their pulse. People are beautiful even if we dont find them attractive. The fact that they’re a living being is unbelievably magnificent.
"THIS PICTURE WILL NOT CHANGE THE WORLD, BUT I STILL NEED FEMINISM AND I’M GOING TO REALLY, REALLY TELL YOU WHY":
-Because I got called a whore for wearing a short plaid skirt when I was 10
-and because when Nujood Ali from Yemen was 10 she got divorced
-Because black girls’ names became my classmates’ favorite “joke” when I was 11
-and because when an 11-year-old girl in Texas was raped by 18 men the New York Times wrote of how the girl “dressed older than her age”
-Because I started counting calories when I was 14
-and because when Malala Yousafzai was 14 she was shot in the head for trying to go to school
-Because I heard a boy greet a girl with “hey slut” today at age 16
-and because when a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio was filmed being raped by two boys at a party while unconscious the CNN reporters talked about how tragic it was because the rapists had such bright futures as athletes
-Because I will have to watch my drink at all bars and parties when I am 22
-and because when CeCe McDonald was 22 she was sentenced to 41 months in prison for defending herself against a man who screamed transphobic, racist insults at her and then slashed her face with a bottle
-Because no matter what age I am the biggest threat to men will still be heart disease, and the biggest threat to women will still be men.
-Because it is not just about me, because it is not just about anger, because it is not just a JOKE, because it is not just about “hating men,” because it is not just about girls with vaginas, because it is not just about ending “slut”, because it is not just about white straight girls in Rookie magazine, because it is not just about writing on backs, because it is not just about the fact that gay men are “fags” but lesbians are “hot,” because it is not just about pictures of thin white girls being the only google image results for the search phrase “beautiful women”, because it is not just about writing signs, because it is not just about what she was wearing or how many times she said yes before she changed her answer to no, because misogyny is not just about one thing and feminism is not just about one thing and it is not just “a trend” and it will not “happen” in just one way.
-And because yes. It is about equality for EVERYONE, but first and foremost it needs to be about equality for girls, because they are not treated equally to men, in every single sense, and you are not going to take feminism away from me and call me bossy/hostile/aggressive and make this about yourself or make it into a joke, because truth be told, I’m not joking and I’m tired of explaining. If you want to call yourself a feminist, you work hard to spread feminism, you do not turn this into a contest of whose struggle is greater and constantly demand to know what you can get out of feminism personally. Feminism is not just about you, or me, it is about everyone. If you’re male and you’re tired of men being stereotyped as hyper-masculine, soulless, sexist, inherent leader-tyrant creatures, then go out and prove the patriarchy wrong and fight for girls, like someone with a soul who believes in equality would. Then, yes, feminism will be about everyone.
-Sylvie (an amazing grrrl godess)
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i feel the strong urge to print this out and hand out copies to everyone i meet to spread the word on feminism and rape culture bc i couldnt word it this well without becoming overly angry and giving up