‘Judaism is not a race!’: Black woman screams at Jewish man who called her racist on NYC train
Riders on the 4 train in New York got an unsolicited course in race and culture.
A Black woman upset because subway riders didn’t offer up their seats as she boarded with her kids went on a profanity-laced rant against a Jewish man who said she was being racist.
The argument started when the woman with three kids in tow boarded a Bronx bound subway train and a viral clip shows the woman engaged in a heated exchange with the Jewish man over her comments.
“You said I’m racist so you tell me what I’m being racist towards … because you’re Jewish and I said if a Jewish family got on here, somebody would have got up. That is not a racist statement. That is a factual statement,” the woman screams to the man.
(The video clip in the below tweet is NSFW because of foul language.)
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The woman reportedly was upset because passengers didn’t offer their seats to her and her children on the crowded train.
Twitter user @Chrisfrench posted the video with the man arguing with the Black woman. The man was later identified as Yossi Wolfe, a 31-year-old Wall Street Journal software engineer.
“So this other lady started screaming at everyone around her, saying ‘Why are you guys not getting up? This lady’s here with her three kids,’ ” said Wolfe in an interview with Israeli media outlet Arutz Sheva. “And then she finally said, ‘If it was a Jewish family y’all would have gotten up!’ At which point I said to her, ‘Can we please not make this a racist thing?’ ”
That comment further enraged the already upset woman who then fired back “You need to learn the difference between race … Judaism is not a race. It is a religion.”
Several attempts to calm the woman down didn’t work.
“No, I need to calm down now because I’m schooling your a–,” the woman says. “You guys think you’re so f—king smart, but guess what? I’m gonna teach you a lesson on this f—king train today.”
Wolfe then says “No, ‘you guys.’ I am a person. You are a person.”
“No! No!” the woman replies.
“We are different. Understand that. You know why? Because your people treat my people different in our community! The f–k you talking about,” the woman shouts as she thumps on her chest with her hand.
“That’s not true,” said Wolfe who was wearing a yarmulke and his tzitzit, traditional Orthodox Jew attire. Someone else on the train chimed in: “She’s right.”
The woman continued: “You treat us different in our community. You don’t even rent to us. What the f—k are you talking about?”
Wolfe then says: “I don’t own a house.”
“Your people!” the woman shouts. “You said I was racist, so I’m addressing your people. You said I was a racist, right? Because I brought up Judaism, right? You wouldn’t have called me racist if I said a Mexican family came on here, right? You wouldn’t have called me a racist then, right?”
Wolfe fires back calling the Black woman “hateful.”
“No, I am not hateful. Let me school you,” the woman says. “Did I say Jews are dirty? Did I say they stink?”
“And learn the difference between racism and prejudice-ism!” she shouts.
Wolfe responds, “that is racist.”
“How? Judaism is not a race! Judaism isn’t a race!”
No word on who the woman is.
Wolfe says he is happy he defended himself. “And to me it just seems like a no-brainer, when someone is attacking your people you have to do something about it,” he said. “We say ‘Never Again’ but do we mean it? That’s something that’s stuck in my mind.”