Hot Topic: Even though Jews are a minority, they are, in the main, racially classified as “white.” How should Jews respond to class and privilege in American society?

Emilia Diamant



We benefit from white privilege. We have significant power and status in this country. So what are we doing with it?

I wrote these questions up on the board to start one of my Monday night post-confirmation classes at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC. We had spent time talking about what it means to be Jewish in the South, we had discussed the basic concepts of privilege — racial, religious, class based, etc. Now it was time to think about how this group of almost entirely white, almost entirely upper middle class group of teens could understand the power that comes with privilege. As they say in Spiderman, with great power comes great responsibility.

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