A few things about this Sean Spicer thing.
*Slightly edited from FB.
Hi, it’s been a while. I wrote this on the Face, and it seemed to resonate with a lot of people. So writing it here, too. More publicly.
1. Jews are allowed to be offended and upset by these comments. Not laugh it off, not move on quickly, not just think it’s a “stupid gaffe.” The man called concentration camps “Holocaust centers.” That is fucked up. It makes me feel sad and angry and scared. And also, btw, this is part of a larger pattern of anti-Semitism in the Administration.
2. Therefore, if you are not Jewish and have the impulse to tell a Jewish friend to move on, I suggest you curb that impulse. Same re: writing up a hot take about what this is “really” about.
3. Also therefore, if you are Jewish and are feeling guilty about being upset, fuck that. I believe we call that internalized anti-Semitism.
4. I’m aware of how many Jews are posting about this / freaking out, but have not posted about / freaked out about similar “gaffes” and also, you know, policies, that oppress and/or are offensive to communities that are far more marginalized than ours. I include myself very much in this. Wanna think about that and do better and encourage others to do better.
5. Jews are oppressed and Jews have privilege. Most especially white/white-passing Jews. BOTH of these things are true at the same time, and it’s a complicated thing. But what that means is that we have to be good allies to others AND that we get to demand good allyship from others.
6. Also: Syrians are dying, and that IS ultimately the bigger, contemporary story. And there are a lot of Jewish institutions that have STILL not spoken out against this Administration’s policy re: refugees, but who have and will speak out against Sean Spicer.
So, y’know, let’s speak out against all of it. We can walk and chew gum at the same time.