Azoulay, Katya Gibel. “Jewish in America or the Search for an Identity:How Jews Became White Folks and What That Says about Race in America.;Dispersing the Ghetto: The Relocation of Jewish Immigrants across America.;A Portrait of the American Jewish Community.;From Immigrant to Ethnic Culture: American Yiddish in South Philadelphia.” American Anthropologist 103, no. 1 (2001): 197-203. doi:10.1525/aa.2001.103.1.197.
In this article, Gibel situates the claim that while Jewish people have been historically persecuted and oppressed, they are treated vastly better than racial minorities in contemporary American society. This article is very important for my essay since it proves that the that Jewish people didn’t simply “pull themselves up by their own bootstraps” rather, benefited because of their skin tone. There is much discourse as to whether or not Jewish people are deemed an oppressed minority group in contemporary America, and this article shows how most Jews have the ability to fit easily into a majority group (white Americans) and reap nearly all the same benefits as every other white person in America, while simultaneously maintaining a minority status.