In 2018, it's jarringly easy to offend someone. Modern Americans have become hypersensitive to word usage and appropriation. "Marijuana" is a racist term now. "Thomas the Tank Engine" and "Paw Patrol" are fascist television shows. And there are more gender pronouns than are humanly possible to remember. Anything you say can be analyzed and somehow come out as some sort of "-phobic."
I don't say this to discredit any actual racism, sexism, or bigotry that is still currently happening. There is real racism, sexism, and bigotry in the world, but the bar has been moved to allow new avenues for offense. I'm sure 99.99% of the people still using the term "marijuana" aren't intentionally being racist. I'm not denying the history of the term, but no one is actually offended by the word, or using it to be bigoted.
What I'm saying is, you don't even have to be racist to be labeled "racist." You would think, by that logic, real racists surely can't get away with open racism today, but they can.
Anti-Semitism is rampant and openly accepted in the climate of today.
This isn't to say that anti-Semitism hasn't always been open in America. Tracing back to Ellis Island and moving up to Jesse Jackson referring to New York City as "Hymietown," it's hard to deny that anti-Semitism has played a part in cultural American history.
There have been periods of American history where blatant anti-Semitism has hit peaks and valleys. Since about 2012, I have seen the culture coming out of a valley and ramping itself up to the peak. I believe it started with President Obama and his relationship with Israel. I'm not saying that Obama was anti-Semitic, but when a current president doesn't have a tight relationship with Israel, it allows real racists to gain a voice under the guise of "anti-Israel."
Over the past few years, we have had the torch-wielding neo-nazis in Charlottesville, anti-Semitic death threats thrown at media personalities, and people like Linda Sarsour and Louis Farrakhan being fawned over by prominent "progressives."
Just this past week, a video was released by a D.C. Council member, Trayon White, in which he proclaims that the Rothschild family is controlling the weather and the World Bank. This is playing off of a long-held conspiracy theory that shifty prominent Jewish families are controlling everything, including the government.
How is it that we still have open anti-Semitism in America? Why is everyone concerned with attacking things like the 'racist' term "marijuana," or the movie "Peter Rabbit," because it's insensitive to people with food allergies (seriously) when there is real racism still happening to Jews? There is no reason why there should still be such an open acceptance of people who intentionally commit racism against Jews, yet no acceptance for people who aren't even racist.