We Need To Talk About Antisemitism

Seal: Perseus. Aug. 2023. 240p. ISBN 9781541601949. $30. SOC SCI
Antisemitism remains rooted in the same disturbing tropes and stereotypes that have always characterized it. The idea that Jewish people exert some secret control, are a race, or are bloodthirsty have led to an increased number of their deaths and injuries, and, disturbingly, those cases continue to rise. Rabbi Fersko, the national VP of the Women’s Rabbinic Network, is situated both in mainstream Judaism and progressive culture. Her clear-eyed exploration of the phenomena comprising antisemitism across political and cultural spectrums is jarring but necessary, even—or perhaps especially—for people who consider themselves anti-oppressive or who traffic in antisemitic memes or statements. The author provides plenty of evidence to support her argument that openly discussing antisemitism can lead to empowering people to fight against it. The book’s tone makes uncomfortable truths plain. Fersko knows that not everyone will agree about everything, but she shows how both Jewish and non-Jewish people can overcome their own internalized antisemitism and work to improve their communities.
VERDICT An essential read for anyone interested in any aspect of antiracism or diversity, equity, and inclusion, or who generally wants to understand the current climate for Jewish people.
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