I recently had a lecture on settler colonialism that discussed the settler strategy of racializing and othering Indigenous peoples to erase their identity. The professor discussed examples of countries with histories and ongoing legacies of settler colonialism; the United States, Canada, Australia, and finally, Israel. I was not surprised, but very disappointed nonetheless.
Around the same time, a close friend reached out to me as he was struggling with a job application that asked him to select his ‘racial’ background. The options were very limiting: White, Black, Asian, and Indigenous Canadian. Between these categories, and based on his general physical appearance, he felt obliged to state that he was white, but he admitted that it felt wrong and uncomfortable to do so.
Read the full article on the Times of Israel at: https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/jews-and-whiteness/