I may actually do a huge info-dump at some point here about witch and sorcerer tropes and stereotypes and how a lot of it is drawn from European Middle-Ages anti-semitism. Since this is a shocking thing people didn’t realize, I guess, and I have noticed that posts about anti-semitism don’t get…
I think this is one of the things I picked up on early, but I was raised on Long Island. My school district and general vicinity was all Italians and Jews, and the occasional Irish Catholic; and then spending most of my 20’s in NYC, you get…jew…ish? But very familiar with Jewish Holy Days and food and what no. We had grandchildren of Holocaust survivors at my schools. When I moved to Philly, I was out of my element. My grocery store decorated for Yom Kippur with menorah and dreidles. >.< I didn’t really understand anti-semetism was a *really* big deal until I left; we talked about it lots in school, but there was none in our day to day life. (Racism, well, that’s another story. I mean, it *was* Long Island.)
My first long term boyfriend used to tell a story about his Grandmother, when she was doing some sort of teaching work in another country, where they had a rather low opinion of Jews. She decided to tell the kids she would ‘bring a real jew’ in for them to meet; and then walked out and came back in. They were *amazed* that she did not actually have horns. This was like….60, 70 years ago?
So it was an easy leap for me to see this, but I can kinda see why others don’t catch it right away, unless your raise to think about those things.