Want intersectionaliteit, ofzo.

 

In de New York Times stond gisteren een bijzonder verhaal. In het opiniestuk ‘I’m Glad the Dyke March Banned Jewish Stars’ schrijft Bari Weiss dat ze blij is dat drie joodse lesbiennes, die elk een regenboogvlag met de ster van David bij zich droegen, door de organisatie van de Dyke March in Chigago weggestuurd werden.

Intersectionele feministen laten volgens Bari Weiss hiermee namelijk hun ware, antisemitische gezicht zien. Een van de organisatoren van de ‘pottenmars’ vertelde aan de Windy City Times dat mensen zich ‘onveilig’ voelden door de joodse vlaggen. De organisatie wilde absoluut voorkomen dat zionisme, al dan niet bewust, zou worden gepromoot op dit veelkleurige evenement. De regenboogvlaggen met Davidsster zouden kortom andere progressieve demonstranten ‘triggeren’.

Bari Weiss ziet het somber in voor lesbiennes die ook trots zijn op hun joodse identiteit. Zij worden niet alleen door de Alt-Right gediscrimineerd en gehaat, maar ook door radicaal-links:

For progressive American Jews, intersectionality forces a choice: Which side of your identity do you keep, and which side do you discard and revile? Do you side with the oppressed or with the oppressor?

That kind of choice would have been familiar to previous generations of left-wing Jews, particularly those in Europe, who felt the tug between their ethnic heritage and their “internationalist” ideological sympathies. But this is the United States. Here, progressives are supposed to be comfortable with the idea of hyphenated identities and overlapping ethnic, sexual and political affinities. Since when did a politics that celebrates choice — and choices — devolve into a requirement of being forced to choose?

Jews on the left, particularly in recent years, have attempted to square this growing discomfort by becoming more anti-Israel. But if history has taught the Jews anything it’s that this kind of contortion never ends well.

It may be wrong to read too much into an ugly incident at a single march, but Jews should take what happened in Chicago as a lesson that they might not be as welcome among progressives as they might imagine. That’s a warning for which to be grateful, even as it is a reminder that anti-Semitism remains as much a problem on the far-left as it is on the alt-right.

 

Ramadansokken in de kleuren van de regenboog met Eid Mubarak erop kunnen op deze feministische marsen natuurlijk wel, is mijn gok.

 

 

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