"In places like Salonica, home to the largest Judeo-Spanish-speaking community, Jewish socialists promoted Judeo-Spanish as the language of the Jewish proletariat and designated it as the official language of social and economic discourse for the Socialist Workers' Federation."
Why is this sort of thing so absent from discussions of radical Jewish history?
@kittybecca racism, I'd guess
@kittybecca I mean, we could call it Ashkenormativity, but I've always felt that term tries to make a Jewish specific issue out of something that is really a wider issue
@MoMartin an issue we took on out of our own self-hate, to fight the intense antisemitism we faced from Europeans
it's horrible to see Ashkenazim accuse Sephardim and other communities of the things that we were accused of (and are often still accused of) by Europeans
@MoMartin it's a wider issue but there's also a specific Jewish manifestation of it
calling it Ashkenormativity though does ignore that it also manifests against Ashkenazim of color
"European and American observers... orientalized and diminished the entire culture of Sephardic Jews in the Ottoman Empire: 'In the 'old country' they had no cultural life of their own worth speaking of. They had no common body of customs and traditions, no common literature, no knowledge of or curiosity about their past . . . They had been a back-ward people in a backward country . . .' (The Forward, July 25, 1926)."
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