My Jewish Half Will Register as Muslim, in Solidarity with My Arabic Half
Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt is calling for Jews to register as Muslims, should the incoming Trump administration institute a Muslim registry.
How would I be regarded by my own government, were such a registry to become law? I was born in our nation’s capital to a Jewish mother and an Arabic father. My maternal grandmother is a French Jew and my grandfather was an original Caucasian, from the Caucasus mountains. I am agnostic, but although I identify as Jew, am considered by each of my tribes as one of their own.
I know what I will do. I won’t hide behind my mama’s skirts. From this day forward, I will no longer check the White/Caucasian box on government and other forms. I consider this a formality, as in my 54 years, few are those who ever took a look at me and immediately identified me as white anyway, and that includes family.
If and when that day comes, I will do as Greenblatt suggests and register as Muslim. In the meantime, I will continue as I have these past four years, and will keep writing about the truth as I see it.
Few are those in our politics who haven’t played the race card this election, and that includes the media playing along with their favorite candidate. I will keep calling out and exposing those who engage in or facilitate racism for the neoliberal and neoconservative greedy, racist bastards they are.