His experience is not uncommon. In fact, the denial of black Jewish existence goes back at least to the renaissance. In 1591, Gincarlo Bruno was among the first to try to classify people by race. He observed that Jews and Africans had different colored skin and thus, they could not share the same ancestry. He insisted that Ethiopians had to be descended from a Pre-Adamite race and could not under any circumstance be Jews. (Parfitt 1-3) Bruno’s theory was completely incorrect and clearly demonstrates ignorance of Jewish law but, the perceptions of Jewish ethnicity persist to the point where, in present day America, Jews of any color other than white are an oddity. (Kaye/Kantrowitz 9) This is largely because most American Jews are Ashkenazic, th...
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