a gay black woman's discovery of her jewish self

Black and Jewish

Posted on: June 18, 2013

You know I love getting email, but I usually don’t reply to an email with “I love you!” Especially to a guy I only met via email, but in this case that’s exactly what I did.

The guy is Aaron Levy Samuels and if you are like me, you’d best hurry and get hip to him.

…There is something intentional about the not knowing. About a lack of headstones in my family tree.

An absence of memory of my race in my religion that I feel the need to wear a Jewish star and a t-shirt as evidence that there was something there before me.

Being black means that my family came to New York with no ties but the chains around their neck

Being Jewish means that my family came to New York with no history but the Jewish stars around their necks

Being black means that I don’t have a home any more

Being Jewish means I never did.

Being Black and Jewish means that my family tree does not have head stones, my past has been swept into rivers and covered with grass.

When I say that I’m Black and Jewish what I mean that every day I carry the burden of those who died in order for me to breath…

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