Hung out with a few mates from work in a quiet time. We were laughing and chatting and T. mentioned that she had received a horrible email about the World Trade Center attacks. I anticipated her by asking, was it that Jewish people were forewarned and got out, right? Yep. That was the email.
(T. didn't know I was Jewish, though now she does. Though that's no heroism on my part. I often tell other non-Muslim minority ethnic people that I am Jewish. In the past, I used to believe that we would have some kind of bond, both being from reviled groups.)
As I write this now I realise I am saddened that even now, so many weeks after that racist account was first thrown about, people are still hearing it for the first time and believing it. Everyday people seem to be countering one racism with another - it's not my fault it's there's, they seem to say. But still, here I am imagining that the person who sent T. the email is Muslim, but I don't know. I do know they are racist/anti-semitic or they wouldn't have forwarded it. Loads of people fit that bill though - even when they don't realise it.

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