That's because I am not Jewish.
After a few months enjoying the lower cost of living in AZ, I accidentally found out that I was "taken for Jewish."
A neighbor was drinking heavily and interrogating me how it had been growing up Jewish. Over and over again he asked (drunks tend to repeat) why Jewish families "push" their kids to succeed.
Over and over again, I told him that I wasn't Jewish.
His response: "Sure, try to hide it. I'd do the same thing. But 'everyone' knows you're Jewish."
No, that wasn't the first time that mis-identification had occurred.
I grew up in a partly Jewish area in pre-gentrified Jersey City, New Jersey. My body type is Eastern European. My accent is deep New York.
The drunk was right. Everyone did assume they knew I was Jewish. Finally I could connect the dots on why I wasn't able to break in socially.
At the 27-month mark, I gave up and relocated to Eastern Ohio. Ironically, it is less expensive than Southern AZ.
The suffering from being discriminated against is unique.
It can range from not being allowed into the tribe as was the situation in AZ to alleged physical attacks and cyberbullying, as is occurring in Germany. Here is the media coverage of that.
The issue the Jews in Germany face is if they should placate, push back especially through litigation and legislation, or relocate. The latter is very difficult.
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