By Storyteller Jerry Fierst
Growing up in New York City, Gerry never understood that Jews were such a small percentage of the world’s population. In his neighborhood, one could go for blocks and blocks and never meet anyone who wasn’t Jewish. But when Gerry went to visit cousins who had retired to Albuquerque, he discovered that “we all look alike when we are the other.”
- Did you grow up in a neighborhood of people who were very similar to you? What are the advantages and disadvantages of growing up in homogenous communities?
- Why did the police officer not see that Gerry and his cousin looked very different from each other? How is it that we can look but not really see a person?
- A History of the Jews by Paul Johnson
- Anti-Semitism in America by Harold E. Quinley and Charles Y. Glock
- Crossing Cultures
- European American/Whites
- Jewish Americans/Jews
- Stereotypes and Discrimination