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  •  Lew is a minority? (3+ / 0-)
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    itskevin, Adam B, MichaelNY

    Not that the ethnic composition of the Cabinet is of great importance to me (though an mostly white male group looks somewhat backward in this day and age, even if picked by an African American president) but Lew doesn't seem to fit into any generally recognized minority group.  He does have a recognizable ethnic background, though, as an Orthodox Jew of Polish descent (his father was a Polish immigrant.)

    37, MD-8 (MD-6 after 2012) resident, NOVA raised, Euro/Anglophile Democrat

    by Mike in MD on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 08:32:41 AM PST

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    •  Jews aren't minorities? (3+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY, sawolf, askew

      By what definition?

      ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

      by James Allen on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 12:14:11 PM PST

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    •  to clarify (1+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY

      at first you seem to say the concern is "ethnic" composition of the cabinet, then seem to discuss race, not ethnicity, then say he is in fact a person with an "ethnic" background, a background which is not simply a minority ethnic background, but a minority of a minority as an Orthodox Jew.

      I might agree if you really were talking about race in the first section, and didn't meant to say "ethnic" composition, though I think it's simplistic that Jews of all backgrounds seem to be classified as White/Caucasian, but by any other definition I think Jews are clearly minorities.

      ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

      by James Allen on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 12:39:48 PM PST

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      •  I was thinking of racial minorities (1+ / 0-)
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        MichaelNY

        not religion, national origin, etc.  So maybe I should have said "racial composition".

        37, MD-8 (MD-6 after 2012) resident, NOVA raised, Euro/Anglophile Democrat

        by Mike in MD on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 12:46:52 PM PST

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        •  Ethnic (2+ / 0-)
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          James Allen, MichaelNY

          Particularly is actually word developed by Jewish scholars to describe their particular type of difference from the white majority apart from racial differences.

          See Victoria Hattam's In the Shadow of Race.

          23 Burkean Post Modern Gay Democrat; NM-2 (Raised), TX-20 (B.A. & M.A. in Political Science), TX-17 (Home); 08/12 PVIs

          by wwmiv on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:23:15 PM PST

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