We are not White

Jews are not and have never been White. All it takes to turn that premise upside down is to look at Israel, filled with Jews of every race and color. Like Arabs, Hispanics, Asians, Blacks, Jews come in varying shades of color. The Black/White binary lumping Jews as White is a perversion.The category is off in more ways than one. Color? How are my much lighter skinned Hispanic and Arabic friends automatically considered People of Color and darker skinned Jews like me not? How is leaving out Jews, with our unique cultural and ethnic tapestry, out of American Ethnic Studies curriculums not antisemitism? How are Jews left out of the intersectional embrace? My personal skin color dance began in I

Rachel Wahba is a writer, psychotherapist, and co-founder of Olivia Travel/Companies. An Iraqi -Egyptian Jew, born in India, she grew up in Japan. 

The many dimensions of 

displacement and exile are a constant theme in her work as a writer, therapist, and in her activism as a Mizrahi Jew who grew up stateless. 

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