Jewish Pretzel Lady Looks Like A Rich Woman? Or Perhaps She Has “White Priveldge”?
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Let me start this post by saying that no one in America ever has to apologize for success.Having said that if I heard it once I’ve heard it thousand times. People look at him he’s a rich Jew. Lets say for moment that he was a rich Jew..That expression imply’s that he shouldn’t have success.I will also say this that not all Jews are succesful or rich.We are like every other ethnic group someone some doing well and some rich.Once again the tag a “Rich…….Never is used except when referring to Jews.
I personally grew up in the 40’s 50’s and 60’s in N.Y.C..Although we didn’t live in some slum out an old movie never the less my family was poor low-income not middle class by a long shot. We live in a 1 bedroom apartment for about a good dozen years and graduated to 2 bedroom apt , when some other poor soul moved away or died in our old apartment building.
My parents biggest Dreams was to get in a city housing projects.Most of my extended family was living there already or in other low-cost apartments, We weren’t home owners or even college educated .
Let me share this tidbit of a story When I was in the Marines.I was a patient at Buford Naval Hospital.A Navy corpsmen would drive me to religious services said listen buddy I mean no offence but I was under the impression that all jews are rich and have horns.(This is because Michael Angelo sainted Moses with horns This was a mis- interpretation of The Hebrew-Cannanite written language.. Hebrew being one if first written alphabets doing so originally they there were no symbols for vowels.Having said that the word Karin meant light but Karen meant horns) I told him that I had mine surgical removed before joining the Marines & sold it for $10,000. I also told him that my father had two giant horns and pawned them for $20,000 and they keep growing back and he keeps removing them and selling them that’s why were rich..After I said that he knew I was putting him on.
*That misinterpretation is now an accepted by Christian theologians as a mis pronouncing of a vowel and that Moses had a beam of light shinning from his head & did not have horns.
I was all grown up and out of the service when my parents put together enough for a house of their own. We were like the Beverly Hillbillies moving into the neighborhood & not the original owners who were of my ethnic group for the most part and were to ritzy to associate with us.The men in the neighborhood all had good jobs & were college educated and the women didn’t work they stayed home and ate Bon Bon’s all day. Both my parents worked my father worked in a shoe factory as a skiver most of his life, My mother found luck late in life and secured good job as a mortgage possessor enabling us to have house at last.Eventually become a vice-president and underwriter at a leading mortgage company. In my day no lower-income Jew or white went on to college for the most part Vietnam changed that forever.
All my relatives went into the service and for the most part worked low-level blue-collar jobs, when I moved to the suburbs I was the only Jew working in the warehouse.
It wasn’t fun and was never really accepted by my fellow workers as own of the guys at work.I put all My savings and went to work for myself as a day old bread store operator.
When I hear the whispers that all Jews Are rich It make my blood boil. There was and are many Jewish families struggling today who just don’t fit that stereotype.
I will end with this thought while many Ethnic groups have found the good life in the American Dream .. ..Only Jews have to make excuses if they ever have financial success as if they did something wrong.
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