Speaking out against antisemitism isn’t complicated.

Ketzirah Lesser
1 min readJun 9, 2021
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I am Jewish.

Being Jewish is not “just religion” — it’s my ethnicity. To get specific , I’m an Ashkenazi Jew. I am also white, although white supremacists certainly don’t think I’m white. But more on “conditional whiteness” later.

I have been literally spit on, verbally attacked, asked where my horns are, and many more incidents my life.

Like many Jewish people standing up against all forms of hate is part and parcel of my Jewishness.

And now when Jewish people are being attacked — speaking out is “complicated.”

No it’s fucking not.

There is nothing more complicated about speaking out against antisemitism than there is anti-black racism, AAPI hatred, islamophobia, homophobia. transphobia and all kinds of xenophobia.

No Jewish person should have to explain their positions on Palestine to expect safety. And you shouldn’t assume being Jewish means we are pro-occupation.

Get educated on the history of antisemitism.
Get honest about your biases.

Do the same work you would do for any other minority group that is a constant target of hate and violence.

Ketzirah Lesser

Leader, Mentor, Strategist, Geek, INTJ, Di, Virgo, E-5, Polymath, Kohenet (not necessarily in that order)