While I would not call myself a “fan” of yours, since I disagree with much of what you write (and am also a follower of Fox News, and like Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, etc.) I do read your [blog posts], and felt I had to share with you something that happened yesterday, since you are partially responsible for my actions.
I am a Medical Device Sales rep. I met yesterday afternoon with a colleague who is leaving the company, and my boss. We met in the lobby of the Brooklyn Marriott. Upon walking into the lounge I saw a Black guy wearing a yarmulke working on his laptop. My first thought was ” Hey, that might be MaNishtana,” since I find his posts and perspective interesting. Then I thought, “if I ask him if he IS Ma Nishtana, would that be racist; i.e., how many black jews can there be?”
Why am I telling you this? I am not looking for praise for doing the right thing, nor am I gloating. I AM convinced, however, that BECAUSE of your blog I have become more sensitive to JOCs, a term I had never heard of before reading your posts. I’m not sure I agree with term, since we ARE supposed to be one people, but often reality does not live up one’s expectations. That, and I think people today DO come to snap judgements based on skin color. Certainly less that ten years ago, but it still persists. Maybe in a generation or two it wont matter at all, but for now I feel we must all do our part. I truly hope he takes me up on my offer, if no other reason, than I want my children to share their Shabbos table with someone who experiences things they do not.
Thank you for opening my eyes, and making me a better Jew.
BP in NYC