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Three curly-haired Jews. (JTA/Getty Images)

Our natural curly hair isn’t ugly or ‘unprofessional.’ It’s who we are.

For centuries, anti-Semites have fetishized Jewish appearance. Using tedious racist tropes — be it smell, hooked noses, curly hair or traditional garb — anti-Semites label Jews as grotesque and have constructed a particular Jewish appearance in an attempt to otherize and oppress Jews. An all-too-personal reminder of this demonization occurred this summer when we received notification…
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