No, really, it does. America has more Jews than any other country on the planet. Israel excluded, America just may have more Jews than all the other countries on the planet combined. The overwhelming majority of Jews in the US are completely integrated. OK, so the KKK doesn't like them, and in the midwest it is still common to use "Jew down" to mean "strike a good bargain." But in American movies, a lot of the actors are Jewish and most people don't even know it. Even Harrison Ford is Jewish enough for Hitler.
Outside of America, the Jews that anyone can meet are either members of a minority too small to be noticed, or remnants that managed to avoid getting gassed or expelled and are just waiting for the other shoe to drop, or only for Israelis Jews with a lot of chutspah hanging onto a sliver of land and being the brunt of hatred for practically the entire world, or some combination of the aforementioned.
Only in America and nowhere else can Jews just be Jews and have it be one of their characteristics and not a totally defining one. Only in America, therefore, can you find Jews who don't need to wear even a metaphorical yellow star.
The comparison with black people is really quite apropos. You can take a people, submit them to slavery for a few hundred years or so, submit them to discrimination after slavery, segregate them by law, still submit them to discrimination, addict a lot of them to welfare, etc. This does something to a people and has some results. It's rather a cheap game to look at these results and conclude that they brought this on. I don't think that America is given nearly enough credit for the fact that, while racism exists, Americans have at least the basic decency to be aware of it and be embarrassed by it.
This happens nowhere else in the world. To a European, racism is something that Those Stupid Americans Do™ While, of course, those same people may hate Jews, or Gypsies, or Irish, or English, or Scots, or Dutch, or the people on the other side of Belgium who talk Flemish, or the people on the other side of Belgium who talk French, or Parisians, or non-Parisians, or simply the people down the street who talk funny. Mexicans may hate people with too much Mayan heritage or too much European heritage. Han Chinese may hate Mongolians and Tibetans and vice versa, and so it goes, all around the world. All of them are desperately sincere and believe absolutely that their hatred is justified, and none of them have the basic decency to wonder if their beliefs may be simple prejudice.
And so America magically becomes The Racist State™ simply because nobody else even has the intestinal fortitude to admit that they may have internal problems. And America becomes the laughing stock of the world, because we don't have those sophisticated solutions like Zyklon B and Ethnic Cleansing and pseudo-intellectual claptrap about how You Just Don't Understand The History Behind This Conflict. So be it.
The truth may be out there, but lies are inside your head.--Terry Pratchett
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