linguoboy wrote:Where is the comparable documentation that Jews with disproportionate wealth and influence (who are, it must be remembered, still a minority in the larger Jewish population) are using what power they wield to deny opportunity to those of other racial and ethnic groups? On the contrary, as a group, Jews are one of the most politically liberal groups in the country. They are extremely disproportionately represented in progressive groups (like ACLU and the Civil Rights movement) which have fought for greater equality of opportunity for minorities of all sorts. As a political progressive myself, it's in my best interest to have more Jews in positions of power, not fewer.
As I see, the rules of this society (explicit and otherwise) have long been fashioned to straight White cisgender male Christians. The Jews who came here successfully beat these gentiles at their own game, and I say more power to them. Their success doesn't mean that the deck was stacked in their favour, nor does it refute the fact that it is stacked against members of other minority populations. Changes which favoured less concentration of individual wealth would have the overall effect of disfavouring them, but that shouldn't be the motivating factor behind instituting them.
The rules of your society favour the rich. When the Jews managed to beat these gentiles, as you put it, in the beginning of the 20th century, they've become those rich that the rules favour. And seeing that today, a whole century after John D. Rockefeller became the richest American, Jews are still over-represented among the richest and most influential citizens of the USA, being the chairmen and CEOs of major media conglomerates, heads of big business' and similar, there is surely room for questioning whether they've had some unfair advantage, a head-start that the gentiles don't have. And they did, as they have connections, friends at high positions that were willing to give them a shot. That's something that others don't have, which does constitute inequality of opportunity.
I'm not the one narrowly focusing on Hollywood, that was just one of the examples I gave.
EDIT: And continuing with it, if there is no systemic bias in Hollywood how come that today, decades after the breakthrough of cinema, Jews are still over-represented in acting.
Look at how many young actors that are in this silly list of hottest Jews in Hollywood:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/lyapalater/the- ... .jf31glaPe
How about comedy? Woody Allen - Jewish. Larry David, Seinfeld, Jason Alexander and Julia Dreyfus- Jewish. Friends written by Marta Kauffman, starring David Shwimmer, Lisa Kudrow and Matthew Perry- all Jews. The Big Bang Theory? Almost everyone's a Jew there. How I Met Your Mother? Radnor, Segel and Hannigan are Jews.
Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Fran Drescher, Seth Rogen, Mila Kunis, Nick Kroll, Jonah Hill, Sarah Silverman