It’s easy to become complacent in a democracy, especially when one feels like persecution based on race, religion or family origin is a thing of the past.
In 2016, most Americans were woken up rather harshly from their complacency when Donald Trump won the Presidential election.
In Jonathan Weisman’s new book, (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump, the author details how antisemitism, which has always been part of American culture, but has become more prevalent and vocal in the past few years. He explores how alt-right groups and white power groups, which has previously been pushed to the sidelines, have been given free rein to spew their hatred to the masses. Mr. Weisman ends the book, waking American Jews up from our complacency and proposes that we work together with other disenfranchised Americans to stop the hate and prejudice from taking over.
This book, if nothing else, is a wake up call. While the author is speaking to his coreligionists, he is also speaking to anyone who is part of a group who is hated and/or disenfranchised. We need to stand up together. Prejudice in America is not mere a topic that our parents and grandparents spoke of. It is alive and well and if we don’t do something about it, we will never live up to the ideals that makes America great.
I absolutely recommend it.