Every since Daniel Golden’s The Price of Admission and Jerome Karabel’s The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, and in many other sources such as Ron Unz’s influential “The Myth of American Meritocracy,” Asians have been described as the “new Jews” because, like Jews in the past, they are now the victims of “diversity”-justified discrimination in university admissions and hiring.
One odd, generally unnoticed irony of the Jews’ experience with discrimination is that not long after discrimination against us as Jews wound down — that is, after we came to be regarded as just like other whites, at least for admissions and hiring purposes — we continued to suffer “diversity”-justified discrimination, now as indistinguishable members of the “over-represented” majority.
Although anti-semitism has long simmered just beneath the surface of the black community, ready to be ignited by demagogues like Al Sharpton and Louis Farrakhan, for a good part of the last century Jews and blacks, as both victims of discrimination, were thought to be natural allies. Although that alliance has significantly frayed, over the years the two communities have continued to have one strong, at least apparent identity of interest: they are both among the most loyal supporters of the Democratic party.
If that support continues into the future, it may be time to describe Jews as the new blacks. Now that Obama has become the first American president to side openly with the enemies of Israel by refusing to block a Security Council censure (or not openly, according to Senator Tom Cotton, but “cowardly,” because “he doesn’t even have the courage of his own convictions to vote for it”), it will be interesting to see whether Jews continue to support Democrats in the same numbers. Closely related, it will be equally interesting to see whether those Democrats, progressives, and major media outlets (but I repeat myself) who were so eager to taint Trump with the support he received from a handful of alt-right racists will hold Obama and the Democrats who continue to support his decision responsible for the enthusiastic support his decision has received from Israel-haters the world over.