I told somebody I identify not as white, but as a white-passing beneficiary of white privilege, and they said "Ashkenazi jews are not an ethnic minority, and you are not a person of color. you're white. you're straight-up white. and claiming to not identify as such is super racist." There's no denying I benefit from "looking" white in many ways, but it's been made pretty clear to me by white people that I am not one of them. How do I respond?
White Ashkenazi Jews benefit from conditional White Privilege and, while not People of Color, are most assuredly an ethnic minority. How much we benefit from White Privilege is entirely contextual and it can be and has been taken away in many circumstances.
But some people will not find that an acceptable answer and nothing you can do or say will change their minds, unfortunately.
You don't look Israeli, all Israelis have blue or green eyes.
Wow thanks for your input !!
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