Sunday, June 19, 2022

A Jewish Joke Shared by the Australian Jewish Association on Facebook

 The joke, below, appeared on the Australian Jewish Association Facebook page. The joke supports the main ideas of my book Bieganski The Brute Polak Stereotype

In that book I argue that Poles and all other Christian and peasant-descent Eastern Europeans are stereotyped as large, strong, stupid, violent, and hateful, and Jews are stereotyped as smart, less physical, crafty, and money-oriented. 

Not only do others stereotype Poles and Jews this way. Poles and Jews stereotype themselves this way. 

The difference is that when stereotyping one's own group, one places a positive, as opposed to a negative, spin on the stereotype qualities. 

Poles may stereotype themselves as earthy, strong, reliable, and straightforward -- good qualities. Jews may stereotype themselves as being intelligent in a way that serves a good end rather than a negative one (world domination, in the most extreme stereotypes.) 

In the joke below, Jews stereotype themselves as clever, crafty, tricky, insincere, and money-oriented. Also, of course, as oppressed, and as oppressed by persons less intelligent than themselves, whom they can trick. But all these qualities serve a very good final result. 


  1. Jerzy PankiewiczJune 20, 2022 at 8:11 AM

    Timothy Snyder believes that Poland invented colonialism. His recent speach caused otrage. But Snyder published this thesis in April. He criticized also Jews involved in the system.

    1. What?!?! All I can find to say is AND we shot Bambi's mother.

  2. Jerzy PankiewiczJune 28, 2022 at 2:04 AM

    Cambridge anti-history of Poland "there is no such thing as one Polish culture" - is there one US or British culture?


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