Weekly Reading Journal Entries (Week #2) � �How Jews Became White Folks�

Weekly Reading Journal Entries (Week #2) � �How Jews Became White Folks�

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Grace Kim TA Stephanie Chan Doc1 B018 Oct. 10, 2008 Weekly Reading Journal Entries (Week #2) – “How Jews Became White Folks” By using the experiences of the Jews, Brodkin strives to prove that racial categorization is not definite, but changes over time. Even as anti-Semitism raged, the Jews believed in striving for success through hard work. Though this mindset may have been a factor in the rise of the Jewish class, the author points out the importance of the “removal of powerful social barriers”(39). Through the affirmative actions taken by the government, the racial categorization became redefined. Before the governments’ involvements, Jews experienced institutional discrimination as they were denied acceptance into Harvard University as well as buying property in certain areas. However as they began to make their way up the social ladder, the
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Unformatted text preview: whitening process became more feasible and they became more economically stable. Therefore, the author describes the whitening process for Jews as the chicken and the egg, not knowing whether money or the rise to middle class caused them to be categorized as white. In conclusion, the Jews were able to rise to the middle-class stature due to affirmative actions taken by government during World War II. Questions/Comments: African Americans and women experienced discrimination on a more extensive level as they could not rise to middle-class. (shows the hierarchy) How would the United States, for the Jews in particular, be today if the government had not taken affirmative action? To see so much change in how society views race today is amazing....
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Weekly Reading Journal Entries (Week #2) � �How Jews Became White Folks�

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