I just found this presentation at Newsone, a black-oriented website. I guess they subscribe to the “one-drop rule” for both blacks and for Jews. It is also enough, in their view, if one’s father declares himself a “black Hebrew Israelite” (#14). It’s funny how both Jew-hating neo-Nazis, and Newsone, have such a low bar for being considered a “Jew”.
As a Jew, I don’t want gentiles hating us too much – or loving us too much. Either extreme is harmful. Given the choice, I’d rather have a moderate amount of Antisemitism than rampant Philo-semitism. We don’t need every Tom, Dick, Harry – or Rasheed, rushing to declare himself “Jewish” because it’s the “cool thing to be”. We don’t need “converts” like Modonna, Sammy Davis Junior or Elizabeth Taylor. We don’t need converts at all.
Contrary to neo-Nazi belief, having “Jewish blood” does not make you Jewish. In my opinion, even if she was your maternal grandmother, for all practical purposes, you are a gentile. There is nothing wrong with that; be happy with what you are. I say the same thing about those “black Jews” in the presentation. Let them make the most of their blackness – but leave my heritage out of it!