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Reply To: Have you been exposed to harmful antisemitic tropes about Jewish control over finances or foreign policy? After participating in this course, how would you go about responding to these tropes if you encounter them?

Brandon Showalter

The secret Jewish cabal thing is certainly weird. Yes, to the naked eye, one can’t help but notice the disproportionately high number of Jews in certain sectors with both wealth and power, but for those who ascribe particular ill motives or even atrocities to Jewishness is where, for me, the weirdness sets in and people lose me. Jews are not special in their ability to do good or evil. They are, like everyone else, moral agents with free will. Combatting tropes thrown at Jews is necessary because those same tropes may very well one day be hurled at other groups.