Angela in the comments is trying to disabuse us of the stereotype that all Jews make at least a middle class living. She links to this article, which doesn’t make a very good case.
Since when is $35K “near poverty?” That study is ridiculous. Those are just typical struggling middle class people, like so many Whites here in California.Welcome to the White Middle Class Quicksand Swamp, Jews! Have fun and don’t sink too low!
I would not call that near-poverty. They’re only considered poor because the cost of living is so high in New York. They’re not considered poor by the US government.
Yeah, for a Jew, $35K is “near-poverty.” LOL, I bet. Says a lot, huh?
Gimme $35K/yr so I can be “near-poor.” Sounds terrible LOL.
It *is* true that apparently 10% of all US Jews actually *do* live in poverty. There are some poor or low income Jews out there. I’ve been to Jewish sites and they talk about it.
As we might expect from stereotype of hyper-grasping US Jews, the poor or low-income Jews on the site I went to were furious at US Jewry for treating them like dirt for being “losers.” They go to family gatherings and everyone is “How come you’re not a doctor or a lawyer?” and “You’re a loser!”
There used to be a number of Jewish beats and hippies (my heroes) were lived more or less deliberately in poverty or on low incomes to purse and artistic or free-spirited life, but I don’t think there is much of that anymore. My friend the famous science fiction writer Avram Davidson never had any money. The guy was funny. He dressed like a bum on the streets. He even smoked hand-rolled cigarettes too, LOL. And Avram was really Jewish, I mean really Jewish, even though he left Judaism later in life.
Your average US Jew is so fucking into $ they make me sick. I thought US Whites were bad. US Jews are like US Whites X 10.
Come to think of it, I don’t want to be a Jew after all. They can take their grasping, hyper-achievement demanding culture and shove it right up you know where. Screw that.
You know, do you think it’s possible US Jews could maybe develop some other value to base how good of a person you are on how much money you make? Damn.
There’s a reason why I’m a dropout. I’ve had it up to here with this grasping society that judges your quality as a human being on how much damn money you make. I’m out. Bye. I’m through with all of that and everyone who thinks like that. Permanent divorce. I’m so much happier too. Whew!
Nevertheless, there are poor and low income Jews in the US, especially in New York City. Many of them are either Hasidic or are recent immigrants from the former Soviet Union. The 40,000 Uzbek Jew in New York are particularly poor.
Angela links to three other articles that make the case that poor and low income Jews do in fact exist in the US. The articles talk about the stigma of being a low-income Jew in the US, and blame Gentiles a lot for the anti-Semitic stereotype that all Jews are rich. What these articles leave out though is that these Jews are probably treated worse by their own ultra-grasping, hypermaterialistic culture than by anyone else.
I have a pretty low opinion of Chabad, but at least they are kinder to low income Jews, better than the rest of their uppity community. Let’s give credit where it’s due.
It’s definitely a fact that here in California, no matter what kind of community you live in, if you meet a Jew, young or old, they usually tend to have some money. Not necessarily rich, but they’re doing all right. They’re much more likely to be into some decent money than your average White Gentile. I have noticed this and so have my friends. Stereotypes exist for a reason. There is more than a lump of truth to them!