A new article in The Atlantic magazine posed the question of whether Jews are white, and of course David Duke, white supremacist, has the answer.
No - JEWS ARE NOT WHITE! https://t.co/EqNJpej0Z6— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) December 5, 2016
The article was spurred by the rise this election season of the “alt-right,” which championed the candidacy of President-elect Donald Trump and brought into public view anti-Semitic sentiments that had been excluded from the mainstream for generations.
Duke’s response bemused many Jews of the Twittersphere, who say it’s just not that simple.
Have you seen us dance? @DrDavidDuke@TheAtlantic— Ben Hartman (@Benhartman) December 5, 2016
Another evoked the most famous Jew of all.
David Duke: Jews are not white! Me: Jesus was a Jew. D.D.: So? Me: That means Jesus wasn’t white. >D.D.: [head explodes into a million swastikas]— (((OhNoSheTwitnt))) (@OhNoSheTwitnt) December 6, 2016
Many tried to harness the power of pop culture to make their point that nothing, dear David Duke, is black or white. Especially not Lenny Kravitz, Lisa Bonet and their gorgeous offspring, Zoe Kravitz. And what about Scarlett Johansson? What about Ivanka Trump?
.@DrDavidDuke Maybe not, but half Jew, half black, is probably the master race. pic.twitter.com/Lw9bLvOBOS— Gladstone (@WGladstone) December 5, 2016
Not all the sass directed at Duke was so lighthearted.
@DrDavidDuke Fair warning to anyone seeking to “purify” the white race. This is your face on a severely restricted gene pool. Any questions? pic.twitter.com/4cnHrutqVp— ??Saucy Stacey?? (@DrCrane72) December 5, 2016
Daniel J. Solomon is the former Assistant to the Editor/News Writer at the Forward. Originally from Queens, he attended Harvard as an undergraduate, where he wrote his senior thesis on French-Jewish intellectual history. He is excited to have returned to New York after his time in Massachusetts. Daniel’s passions include folk music, cycling, and pointed argument.