Commenting on the high numbers of physical attacks on visibly Orthodox Jews— most of which have taken place in ḥasidic areas of Brooklyn—and on the relative indifference of the media and local government, Abe Greenwald writes:
Jews are historically targeted as representatives of whatever group a society most loathes at a given moment. . . . If you want to know what a culture considers most problematic, look at its brand of anti-Semitism. When you have headlines about “white privilege” and “evil white men,” Jews become the epitome of whiteness.
We see this in the recent notion that Jews are perceived as “hyper-white,” according to Mark Winston Griffith from the Black Movement Center. It’s also evident in intersectionality theory—a leftist ranking system of identity grievance that deems Jews essentially too powerful to be a minority worthy of social-justice empathy.
The idea that Jews are a rich, powerful, turbo-white elite is also reflected in the messaging of the country’s most celebrated progressive politicians. Taken as a whole, the [so-called] Democratic Squad’s theory of American villainy says that the United States is racist, greedy, war-mongering, and cruel—and its politics are corrupted by Jewish money. Those who promote collective grievance often make their way around to blaming the Jews. In an age of sanctified victimhood, it’s not so surprising to see a rise in anti-Semitic violence and a lack of interest in doing anything about it.