White AND Jewish is challenging too.

Katherine Kraff
Denver, CO

I tend not to take negative comments about (race), religion or ethnicity personally (esp from children), but when I was teaching High School and didn’t take the day off on a Jewish Holiday (most of the other Jewish teachers and children did), my colleagues and students alike assumed that I was not Jewish (& with blonde hair/blue eyes and no NY-ish accent, I don’t necessarily fit the ‘Jewish-looking’ or ‘Jewish-sounding’ stereotypes). So it saddened me that over the course of the school day, I heard several anti-semitic comments from a handful of students and even one faculty member.

 

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