The Sorrows of Young Werewolf (eyeteeth) wrote,
The Sorrows of Young Werewolf

Jew suis

Now, I like freedom of expression, and I dislike murder, but it makes me uncomfortable that France -- a country with a long history of antisemitism -- has rallied behind the newspaper that prints hook-nosed caricatures of Jews, but not behind the actual Jews. I thought of drawing myself explaining the situation to Franz Kafka. See, in order to show its support for freedom of speech, various world leaders have taken time out of their busy schedule of jailing and flogging journalists and protesters and bloggers to rally behind a racist newspaper that was recently attacked. In order to show its love for free speech, as embodied by the racist newspaper, France is throwing people in jail for "encouraging terrorism." Plus some Jews got killed in a kosher market and no one is talking about that much. But you were a Jew in 1920s Prague, that probably doesn't surprise you. That part isn't so much "Kafkaesque" as it is "a thing that happens sometimes."

Kafka, incidentally, had a difficult relationship with Judaism, at times attempting to embrace it, at others distancing himself from it. According to him this was, of course, his father's fault. He expressed his difficulty in terms I like and intend to steal for my own use: "What have I in common with Jews? I have hardly anything in common with myself and should stand very quietly in a corner, content that I can breathe."
Tags: franz kafka, gruesome contemporary information, judaism, stix
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