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On the idea of being targeted for hate speech
Recently, I wrote this post on ExtremeTech about my struggles and successes with genealogy. I’m quite proud of the article itself, but it was difficult to write for a number of reasons.
On the first page, I discussed the roller coaster ride that was discovering my relation to Mareen Duvall. My 9th great grandfather was a slave owner, and that makes me extremely uncomfortable. Owning another human being is a vile concept, and it makes me sad to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that my ancestors took part in the practice.
I knew ahead of time that writing about slavery was going to make me squirm, but I thought it was important to cover anyway. What I didn’t expect was how I would feel after I wrote about discovering my Jewish ancestry.
I grew up in the United States as a straight white male who was at least nominally of a Christian background. I’ve had it good since I was born — the world just doesn’t have a lot of ammo to hurl in my direction. Anonymous internet brigands have called me every name under the sun, but none of it landed with me up to this point. It doesn’t sting because I’ve lived a charmed life.
So after I submitted my article for review, I was surprised to feel a mild pang of fear. “Somebody is going to call me a kike,” I thought to myself. Out there on the internet is somebody waiting to hurl a racial epithet at me. For the first time in my life, I was actually somewhat concerned about being the target of hate speech.
Mind you, I didn’t grow up Jewish — nor do I identify as such now. Any anti-Semitic name thrown at me would only hurt a tiny fraction as much as someone who grew up with Judaism being a fundamental part of their identity. Still, just the thought of being a target of hate speech was enough to make me wince.
Mostly, this just serves as a reminder of how privileged I am.