Jewish Week article, Pressing for a ‘Global’ View of Jewry” interviews two local artists, both Jews from a multicultural background, who are now leading dialogues on Jewish identity. But article will people listen if what they hear is anger?
From the article:
“People of European heritage don’t get asked, ‘What are you doing here? Why are you here?’” Daniel Banks said to a reporter. “Only Jews of color or perceived to be of color are asked those questions.”
At another point, Adam McKinney was discussing the steps he’d like audiences to take in fighting racism, including the development of new curricula, when Banks suggested that people also examine “white privilege in the Jewish community.”
Neither do McKinney or Banks allow for the possibility that their perceptions may be wrong, especially in a city with a healthy share of progressive synagogues and rabbis. Asked whether they may be confusing curiosity and racism, Banks said he considered the two “inseparable.” Those asking about his background, he said, are making assumptions about Jewish identity that shouldn’t be made.