In Jewish Color

'Am I black enough for my Jewish au­di­ence?'

Forward Magazine - - Front Page -

Jews of color are a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion in the United States. They’re also a dras­ti­cally un­der­rep­re­sented one. How of­ten do you read a story about Jews who are, say, African, African Amer­i­can, Latino or His­panic, Asian, Na­tive Amer­i­can, or mixed-race? Even when we do see sto­ries about racially and eth­ni­cally di­verse Jews in the media, some­one else is usu­ally writ­ing them. As a small step to­ward cor­rect­ing that rep­re­sen­ta­tion gap, the For­ward has cre­ated a se­ries writ­ten by and about Jews of color. Rather than dic­tate what con­trib­u­tors must write about, we in­vited them to tackle any is­sue or as­pect of their iden­tity that feels ur­gent to them. Their re­sponses range from bit­ing crit­i­cism of racism within the Jewish com­mu­nity, to cel­e­bra­tions of the ben­e­fits of be­ing a Jew of color, to use­ful tips for al­lies. You will find them in these pages, as well as on our web­site, over the next cou­ple of weeks.


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