Anonymous asked:

Not trying to be rude. You say white people a lot. Do you consider Jews to be not white?

chicagojewgirl answered:

OK so for one, JPOC are obviously not white. So I’m going to answer the question as if you asked if “white-skinned” Jews are white.

Jews are at a weird intersection of occasionally getting white privilege and being considered interlopers, at least in the U.S.

I’ve been told that I’m white and also that I’m not white because I’m Jewish, it really depends on who I’m with and how Jewish I act. If I speak in Yiddish or Hebrew, wear a Magen David, or otherwise reference my Jewishness then I open myself to potential antisemitic violence, aggression, isolation, etc.

I would say that Jews have more ability to assimilate than some groups, but I’m hesitant to call it a privilege. It’s more of an expectation, and from what I’ve seen it exists towards both white Jews and JPOC.

For intra-Jewish discussions, I’m definitely white.

For larger discussions of white supremacy, it depends on who I’m with. In contexts of POC, I’m pretty fucking white. In context of white people, not if I act Jewish. I have the ability to assimilate, but I’m expected to do this. It’s not just a, “Well it’s convenient for me to be Jewish” because if I participate in Jewish culture, I am Jewish. I really don’t have any other frame of reference, so usually when I pretend to be a “standard” deist or atheist I end up giving it away. (Because believe it or not these people are still influenced by Christianity, go figure. Could just be because I’m a shitty liar.)

Antisemitism operates on multiple axises though. All Jews are affected by antisemitism, and the discussion of whether or not Jews can be white doesn’t really help discussions of antisemitism. For shorthand, it’s easier to label Jews as non-white. Some Jews may consider themselves white due to their appearance, their experiences or lackthereof, or sometimes because they consider antisemitism to be separate from discussions of white supremacy. But gentiles should not be the ones who bring this discussion on, because it involves invalidating the experiences of Jewish people.

Some forms of antisemitism are racism, plain and simple. “You don’t look Jewish” or “You can’t be Jewish because you look like you’re X/Y/Z” are raciallization. Blood Libel, Judensau, and other antisemitic characterizations exist near globally at this point, and they are all forms of raciallization. Jews suffer racialized violence because of these characterizations, even in the U.S.

Accusations of Jewish people being puppetmasters, controlling media, exaggerating our suffering or complaining too much about it are similar, but it doesn’t really exist in other racial groups - and when it does it is not as prevalent. This is unique to antisemitism. It is a tactic that only serves white supremacists, because it isolates Jews from larger discussions and places us as “true enemies” of both whites AND gentile POC.

When Jews are viewed as inherently oppressive, we are targeted instead of white supremacy.

It is possible for Jewish people to play into white supremacy, but this is an intra-discussion. Goyim should not be commenting on the ability of Jewish people in particular to assimilate, regardless of their race. There are JPOC on this site who are better qualified than they are to speak on those issues.

This doesn’t mean that Jewish people are immune to criticism, just that criticism of Jewish people by virtue of their Jewishness is antisemitic.

Short answer: This entire thing is an intra-discussion, it’s complicated, it depends on whether or not a Jewish person even looks white enough to pass, how Jewish they act, their last name, their mother’s maiden name, their first name, and a bunch of other factors.

Based on my own personal experience I’ve mostly been coded as non-white once I reveal myself as Jewish, both by white people and by non-white people. Even though I have light skin and blue eyes. (EX: I’ve had friends’ parents switch from referring to me as “white girl” to “Jewish girl” and in some cases “Jewess” which is usually translated from a slur.)



Albus Severus defiantly would’ve asked people not to speak to him using that abominable name Harry pulled out his arse.

He’d probably like to be referred to as Regulus/Neville, but I don’t think he’d really mind being called Al because then he could pretend it was short for Alfonso or something (anything is better than being named after two abusive jerks).

"Don’t call me Albus Severus, it’s Potter."

"Albus Severus Potter, who prefers known by his surname only."

"You would too if your fool of a father had named you Albus Severus.



Harry wondered if Kreacher might bring him a sandwich.

This is literally in the last sentence of Deathly Hallows, excluding the epilogue. Why in the world would Harry Potter, the boy who grew up in a cupboard, pretty much educated in self sufficiency since the age of…

This is why I am such a ardent supporter of activist! Next Gen. Because this isn’t good enough.

This isn’t good enough

I refuse to accept that nothing has changed, you hear me? I refuse to accept it.

I wanna see savvy! next gen kids. Kids who saw their parents still struggle with the trauma, kids who realized that parents had fought in a war for - and some even died for - a better world. Kids who saw that ultimately wasn’t being realized. 

kids who have seen the damge, and they have seen through what an entire generation has been through, collective trauma, kids who have vicariously recieved that trauma,

and they see the fruits of their parents’ labor,

they see there is still mass corruption, istill nstitutionalized racism and dehumanization, magical creatures still being disrespected, muggleborns still being underestimated, people still sticking the stupid housing system years after school, still no innovation, tradition for traditions’ sake, no educational reform

the wizarding world having no compassion or gratefulness for what their parents have been through, what their parents did for them, how they sacrificed their childhoods to fight a goddamned war, for merlin’s sake!

and how the wizarding world simply sunts them off to the side, because they are “broken”, because they are scary, because they remind the world of their obligations and their responsibilities, and how the world has failed to live up to their promises (“hogwarts is the safest place there is, besides gringotts”, “it doesn’t make a difference if you’re muggleborn”, “hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home”,  etc, etc, you know the drill)

And they are angry. These are kids who are angry, they are not naive, they are not foolish enough to trust their headmasters, their teachers, their aurors, even their parents to protect them. (Your parents can’t come to hogwarts, after all.) They are not foolish enough to think that following the rules will protect them. They are not foolish enough to hope that the world will act with even the barest shred of deceny. These kids are young, and they are angry, and they are bitter, and THEY. WANT. CHANGE.

And most importantly, these kids know that they can’t wait for a “Chosen One” to lead them, to guide them, to tell them what to do, or even do it himself for them, to be a matyr, to be a pawn, a “neccessary sacrifice” -

No, these kids know that if they want things to change around here, they have to do something about it, because if you want something done right, then sometimes, you have do it yourself. 



the idea of harry potter not only straddling two worlds between him (the british wizarding world and the british muggle world) but also being met at each end by two entirely different systems of historical dehumanization/subjugation (with harry on one hand being a half-blood…

#harry potter      #poc potter      #meta      #but i don’t completely agree with the his race means nothing in wizarding britain part      #for me there is no proof that the wizarding world isn’t founded on the same colonialism and white imeralism      #*imperialism      #than the muggle world      #I think it would be a very different world if it were      #I saw a post about that one time but I have no idea where it is      #anyway just because blood purity racism is obvious in hp doesn’t mean that there isn’t      #an undercurrent of actual racism just hidden behind     

ThANK you!

Seriously, when I first saw this post, I was like, “There is no way that Harry’s being mixed race does not matter in Wizarding England.”

Yes, exactly! Pureblood supremacy, as well just wizard supremacy, is SO TOTALLY founded on the same colonialism and imperialism that caused [muggle] britian to take over the world! In fact, I just talked about how the two could be related, how this may have worked out magically.

It’s like this really good post I found, when a pureblood witch gets annoyed at how muggle creeps are harrassing her, and she talks to her parents, and her dad says it’s because wizards are brought up to respect witches, but her mother is like, “UHhh.. no.” And she thinks about it, and in the end we get the sense that while in the wizarding world, it may not be as overt, sexism is still very real and very nasty, even if it is far subtler. 

Anyway, that’s my headcanon: that “regular” racism is there in Wizarding England too, it’s just possibly less overt.



Interesting, why do you consider harry potter is a dystopia?

I find it impossible to think of Harry Potter as anything BUT a dystopia. Even Hogwarts itself is a…

Actually your pet theory is canon - sort of.

According to Pottermore, pureblood mania is peculiar to England. Adding in colonialization and emperialism makes me wonder how much this twisted philosophy has spread to other countries…

But I actually really like that idea. I just wonder, you know? 

Wizarding America (the tumblr) has some ideas about how imperialism and exploitation of indigenous people in America worked out magically. And someone once pointed out that other cultures must have different ways of doing magic, and maybe Wizarding England, just like Muggle England, had tried to wipe out the indigenous way of schooling, and replace it with their way (I can’t help but think of India’s current education system and how irreversibly it has been affected by that arrogant imperialism), and well, I don’t know. Maybe that’s inaccurate. Maybe Muggle England was an oppressor, but Wizarding England was a backwards and twisted society that went insular. Maybe Wizard England is like the magical North Korea (god, that sounds wrong). But it’s really interesting to think about the rest of the magical world, and how it relates to Wizarding England, and how it is similar or how it diverges from the muggle world and muggle history. 

Speaking of which, why is it that they don’t even have an elective for muggle history? And why is it that, in Magical History, all they learn about is Europe? Racisssmmmm…




Can we all just collectively agree to ignore Pottermore! canon if we really don’t agree with it for very legitimate and logical reasons?

Auror! Harry

I’m sorry but I just don’t believe in Auror! Harry anymore I just don’t see it…




Three years ago, researchers fired whisky to the International Space Station as part of an experiment to see how the conditions in space change flavours. Next month, the whisky will return to Earth. 

Scotland’s contribution to space research. Good job.

is scotland even for real




Three years ago, researchers fired whisky to the International Space Station as part of an experiment to see how the conditions in space change flavours. Next month, the whisky will return to Earth.

Scotland’s contribution to space research. Good job.


is scotland even for real






Muggleborn students at Hogwarts (part 1/?)

I love muggleborn headcanons.

There aren’t any “anti-muggle-technology charms,” did anyone actually READ Hogwarts: A History?

Hermione said in The Goblet of Fire that bugging devices don’t work because magic interferes with electricity geez

Oh, come on, are we really going to believe the corrupt, bigoted, and narrow minded wizarding england didn’t lie or mislead in their textbooks even a little bit?

I mean, they even acknowledged this canonically when, in the fourth book, Hermione starts yelling about how they didn’t even mention elves and their roles as the kitchen staff in Hogwarts: A History

so yeah

that headcanon is still totally legit