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They Tried to Kill Us, They Failed, Let’s Eat

Robin Alexander

Posted on October 30, 2018 11:16

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If you haven’t already figured it out, you’re never getting rid of us. We explain major holidays with the phrase cited above. We seem to have a knack for irritating some people to the point of virulent hatred - from St. Augustine to Henry Ford to Saturday’s Pittsburgh shooter. The phrase is part humor, part martyr, part condescension, just exactly the sort of thing that makes you hate us even more. But it’s a coping mechanism. (It’s no coincidence that we invented psychotherapy).

Centuries ago we stopped caring about whether you actually like us. But today is the first of the funerals, and I am tired of weeping.

Two brothers.

Two brothers.

If that phrase, with all it signifies, doesn’t make you cry out, then I don’t know what will.

I was going to write about the meteoric rise in anti-semitic hate crimes during the past two years, Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s obviously anti-semitic tweet, the constant references to George Soros (if he were funding the caravan they’d be on air conditioned buses, c’mon), and the billionaires – Jew and Gentile – who fund Trump. I was going to say, “Hey, it could have been Ivanka and family who were mowed down.” What then?

I was going to write about how words actually do matter (when was that concept abandoned?) and that, aside from a few over-the-top PC warriors with a skewed agenda, political correctness is really about “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything.” Why would you want to say hateful things about other people?

Why do you hate other people?

And there it is. That word. Other. And if the Jew has been the “other” for going on two millennia, there are plenty of other “others” with whom we now share the American landscape.

African Americans. Muslims. Immigrants in general. LGBTQ people.  

You feel the familiar slipping away. Yes, we are no longer mostly white and European and that scares you. But that isn’t the change that matters. It is the easy mark. It’s the reason they give for why you work three jobs … or no job.

Who are "they"? Onstage peddling the hate are politicians; backstage pulling the strings is an intelligence community that goads you into sending your children to war after war with a promise of sub-standard veteran’s benefits, and corporate America whose captains earn 300 and 400 times more than the average American worker (never mind the ones in foreign sweat shops making next to nothing doing your old job). No wonder there’s no money left to invest in you.

Those powerful actors onstage and backstage tell you it’s the other who causes your misery because as long as they keep you hating, you won’t notice who has really invaded and all but taken over the country that once was ours.

It works because if you had financial security, comprehensive and affordable healthcare, enough money to send your kids to college or trade school, and the knowledge that they would most likely do at least as well if not better than you, you wouldn’t have the heart or the will to hate.

But don’t you see, to the powerful, you are also other.

The hope that I am whispering in your ear is that there are many more of us than there are of them. It’s a whisper that could easily become a shout.

That is what I sigh in the night.

Because, we are all tired of weeping.

Robin Alexander

Posted on October 30, 2018 11:16

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