It's time for "shvartze" to die.
Did we pass a law against "Negro"? Was there widespread censorship that damaged not only our political discourse but our comedy-club patter? These changes in language take place by necessity, as group identities evolve. It doesn't require censorship; it requires a new understanding of power dynamics, respect for others and an intolerance for ignorance.
So I ask my Jewish brethren--there's only around 5,000,000 of us in the States; how hard could it be?--to take a stand against this hateful word. After all, as my mother points out, having a black president requires it.
And if there's one thing our community can certainly agree on, it's this: Jewish mothers are always right.
Lars doesn’t want to be there, every day, sitting in that chair, feet splayed out at an odd angle. But he can’t go anywhere until he gets a new wheelchair and he can’t get a new wheelchair until he has a job and he can’t get a job until he has a new wheelchair. Got that?