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Salamon – Blackness in Transition: Decoding Racial Constructs through stories of Ethiopian Jews p.g. 3 -23 [9-14] 1. Introduction 1. Beta Israel, Jews in black Ethiopia became blacks in Jewish Israel 2. Ethiopian racial cosmology and hierarchies 1. Beta Israel didn’t perceive the color of their skin as black 2. Owned “black” slaves known as barya 1. Barya denotes employment, status, and origin 2. Chewa designates a free human being assumed to be educated and civilized 1. juxtaposes against barya the “master” group 3. the Barya ’s uique insider/ outsider position w/in the Israeli Ethiopian community, w/ the pain and difficulty of their secret racial marginality, affords their stories unparalleled insight and sensitivity 2. Blackness, Judaism, & the Arrival of the Ethiopian Jews [p.5] 1. The Beta Israel : tension btwn religion & race [skin color being key metaphor] underlies the controversy whether Beta Israel are “real” jews 2.
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