What we do
To carry on
We LOVE ON
And LOVE ONWARD
Until there is nothing left to carry.
'Go to the beach.'
'Get a Tan!'
'AHHH You are blinding me!'
These are some of the teases that I heard growing up in Jerusalem, Israel.
See, in contrary to what some *ignorant* people think who have never set foot in Israel - the majority of people there are not white. Or white looking. Or whatever the US definition is. (Sidebar - is there a definition to this term!?) Nope. The majority of people there are brown. NOT white. And I was very fair, very white, porcelain doll white. My complexion was the exception growing up, and I was teased A LOT for it. I was also teased for my last name, for my freckles, for my long finger nails, for my long and frail arms and an array of other things kids like to make fun of. But I wasn't special at that - kids tease kids. Kids bully kids. Anywhere and everywhere in the world.
But imagine my surprise that now - some DECADES later - I find myself living in the US, and the conversation surrounds how Israelis are WHITE and are fighting brown people. Um... what? At least bullying from kids makes some sort of SENSE.
PEOPLE: Learn history. Learn science. Learn facts. STOP the ignorance, the hate, the harmless 'trend' in revising history to fit your narrative. Think less binary and more critically. Think from a pragmatic solution-seeking place and not from a destructive separatist place. Please. Please. Please. Please. PRETTY PLEASE!!!
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
Header Art: Daniel Landerman