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Do you practice anti-antisemitism? With the rise of “stop asian hate” protests, I figured it was time to remind people about what it’s like being a Jew in Philadelphia who isn’t a Democrat. Things could obviously be worse, but you have no idea how much of a minority that makes me. You also probably don’t know how free many people are in sharing how they think Jews are evil or that they think I’m a “fake Jew.” OH YEAH that’s a good one…

Jew Bag Is An Anti-Antisemitism Rally Song

Jew Bag, by Matt E.B.

I get a fair amount of antisemitic hate online. Mostly it’s from liberals who don’t know how else to argue with me. In other cases it’s followers of Ben Crump’s who don’t like that I published George Floyd’s mugshots. Or they know that I’ve accused him of barratry (because it is more obvious than the Floyd video) so, I’m used to it. As long as somebody isn’t physically threatening me or actively assaulting me, words can’t hurt me. Having been in verbal confrontations with people before, I’m immune to pretty much anything you could say. Mostly these people are so lazy, too, that they never bother to know anything personal about me. So you definitely aren’t going to hurt my feelings if you don’t know anything real about me.

This song, “Jew Bag” is a response to all those people. In fact, it’s more of a response to the people that talk trash about me behind my back because I know that happens to. People hardly ever say what they really mean to my face. Calling a Jew a “nazi” for not ascribing to Democrat Socialist talking points is funnier than it is insulting. But regardless, putting up with this kind of nonsense can take a toll. It wastes my time, which makes me the most mad about it. More than that, though, it’s sad. It’s sad to see how stupid people are. Even in their hatred they can’t make valid points. If people would even research Judaism or Jews throughout history, it would make more sense. Instead they just send big-nosed hairy memes of guys that almost look like me usually saying or doing something racist.

They Say I Am A Jew Bag, But They Don’t Know Me…

Just like the Asian population of America, Jews tend to do pretty well. That has actually be the reason many people discriminated against me in my business. There is an assumption, stereotypically, that Jews do business with and help other Jews. Or people think that because I’m Jewish, my parents are rich and they think that I want or receive their money. I’ve had people say this to me when I’ve needed loans, or prospected for sales. Do you get that? I have been discriminated against because “my people” are too successful. But I’m not rich (yet) so…that doesn’t help me.

I don’t care about seeing “people that look like me” succeed. I need to succeed. Though many Jews or people of other identity groups may have solid tribal bonds, I don’t. But that never stopped anybody from viewing me as such.

That’s what this song is about. The anti-antisemitism required to see that just because some Jews are successful it doesn’t mean all Jews are successful. But that also don’t mean that antisemitism is as rampant as the media makes it seem every few months or years. I don’t have people writing swastikas on my door. Nobody yells “kike” at me while I walk down the street. It’s more subtle, and usually only comes out when I’m being outspoken.

But they don’t know me

Matt Berman

Matt Berman

Matt has been an artist since he was a child: dancing, illustrating, writing, and producing music. In business, Matt is a master strategist, and expert in communications. He combines his creative passions with his diligence as a professional to give clients a fierce competitive advantage in any circumstance. He has a Bachelors degree in Philosophy from Temple University. Follow Matt on Twitter @mattebphl