So there’s this fantastic episode of the Sopranos, where Tony and two of his guys are talking with this Jewish associate of theirs, and a Cuban guy who’s involved with this particular business deal. And they’re discussing the Columbus Day parade, and how the indians (Native Americans) are protesting it because Columbus killed so many Indians. And the Italians are upset because Columbus is their hero and they’ve been oppressed too, by Europe who looks down on them and by Americans here when they were immigrants. And then the Cuban talks about how his people suffered too, and how Colombus is like Hitler. So then the Jewish guy gets pissed and accuses the Cuban of being an anti-semite, because “no one was as bad as Hitler”.
And now I’m writing this paper for my Blues class about this Jewish guy and the record label he ran and the black musicians he recorded, and I started thinking about that Sopranos episode. So many of us talk about how our people were victimized. Even myself and Izzat joke about how the Irish were oppressed by the British. And then you’ll hear an activist talk about how their people suffered, the Jews suffered, the blacks suffered, the hispanics suffered, even white people suffered at the hands of other white people. Read the rest of this entry »