Erin (icyblue) wrote in thequestionclub,
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Racist?

My grade 8 students asked me this question today and I wasn't sure how to answer it. I told them I'd get back to them. So I figured I'd ask here.

One of my students said something about someone/something being Jewish, and another one called him racist. He said he wasn't racist, because "Jewish" isn't a race, it's a religion. He said he was being prejudiced.

But I've read things about Jewish people sort of being a race, and having common facial traits. For example, in novels and on movies, one Jewish person is often able to tell another person is Jewish just by looking at him/her.

So, is Jewish a race? There's a bunch of things that are confusing me: Jewish, Judaism, Hebrew, Israel, European Jews... Please explain!

How can I explain this to my students tomorrow?
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