Are Jews racist against non-Jews?
closed as not a real question by msh210♦ Dec 19 '11 at 17:03
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Whether or not there are Jews who are racist against non-Jews, the Torah places value on all human life. This is, after all, the message of Sefer Yonah where G-d sends a prophet to a non-Jewish nation to provoke them to repent and be spared destruction for their sins.
At the same time Torah teaches that Jews have a special relationship with G-d which non-Jews do not. As others have mentioned a non-Jew may joint the covenant and gain such a relationship, but since there is an ethnic component some people are going to be uncomfortable about this notion.
What matters is the truth value of our special relationship with Hashem (and the various rights and responsibilities which accompany it) rather than whether it can be branded with a derogatory name. Terminology can help us analyze and evaluate ideas, or it can be misused to hastily and thoughtlessly lump together seemingly similar concepts without paying attention to very real and significant distinctions.
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When a family member needs assistance that takes precedence. It does not mean you are racist if you care first for your family member prior to everyone else. Even though that is the case, Hatzoloh or Chaverim do not ask you when you call them if you are a Jew. They help anyone who requests it.
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We are commanded not to hate the Egyptians, who enslaved us. If we're not allowed to hate our captors, then we aren't allowed to hate any race of people.
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I think there is some objective way to measure racism. One way is to measure how much business loss you would pay to accommodate your racist preferences.
Say I am hiring a massage therapist. A native indonesian that's equally pretty cost 1/3th of a chinese. If I still occasionally hire the chinese therapists, am I racist? Yea. By a factor of 3. However, Uzbekistan's therapists cost even more and they're not that hot. So I guess chinese do practices some form of reverse racism.
However, that's still not a good indicator. Different jobs tend to have different racist preferences. For example, I like to hire a chinese wife rather than a native indonesian wife. That is even though a chinese wife would cost more than Indonesian.
Am I racist? Stupidly yea. I found that out latter. However, we need to take into account facist laws in my country making it difficult to have kids outside formal marriage where price and terms are set by the state.
What about if we're not hiring a wife but something less personal. Something like cooking sushi. Am I racist if I insist on hiring chinese cooks instead of cheaper non chinese cooks.
Guess what? Even I am not that racist. It hurts my wallet. Why would I?
The laws insist that sushi must be cooked by fellow jews and east asian immigrants will just have to go.
Note: Is ancient judaism is racist? I think jews, like christians just want to reconcile ancient judaism with whatever prevailing politically correct norms they want to promote. C'mon guys. As sure as we know that ancient judaism did not have women suffrage, birth control, DNA based paternity tests (instead of stoning), or legal same sex marriage, I know they're about as racist as everyone else in that area and time. That is, very.