DO WE KNOW MORE ABOUT VAMPIRES AND WEREWOLVES THAN WE KNOW ABOUT THE BLACKS AND THE JEWS?
October 31, 2010
Even though I’m half-Black and half-Jewish and allowed to use “Oy” and “Yo” in the same sentence, I’m the first to admit that I know very little about either culture. As a kid I knew that I could stop a vampire with a silver cross, or keep werewolves away with garlic, but I couldn’t stop the Jewish bullies in school from picking on me for insisting I was Jewish.
It seems that you’re considered a Jew only if you’re mother is, and since my father was the one to carry the blood of Abraham…I didn’t count!
The “colored” and Puerto Rican kids who were starting to dominate the formerly all-white Bronx neighborhood were more than happy to think of me as Jewish, since it gave them another reason to kick my ass. I relied upon the genes of my father (who I never met) to outsmart them, and the genes of my strong single African-American mother to give me the athletic prowess to outrun them.
As I grew up I never was allowed to become part of “Team David” which I named for the kid who slew Goliath in the Bible, or join “Team Martin”, named for Martin Luther King, who slew other kinds of monsters in the ‘60s. I was an only child, and stayed a loner as I examined each of the cultures I had roots in.
As a “Negro”, I was trying to assimilate into the White American culture and at first considered Jews and Blacks, who were militantly leading the fight for civil rights as troublemakers, until I realized they were fighting for me.
As their opponents were sharpening their wooden stakes, and melting down their silver and turning them into bullets, I said to myself, “Wait a second…it’s time to choose sides, and then I realized that the sides had already been chosen for me!”
I weighed fact against fiction, put fantasy aside and finally realized that I am related to all men genetically and spiritually, and I have to do whatever I can to ultimately promote a dialog between all people.
And if I learned anything, it’s that understanding each other begins with conversation, not confrontation. And if you can only lift one finger you still can point the way!
Copyright 2010 by Artie Wayne
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