Last month we asked readers to share their personal experiences with antisemitism. Here is what one wrote:
“Jew Him Down”
It was in the early- to mid-1980s when I was working for a software company. During a visit to my employer’s development center in Dallas, I was in an informal group meeting with a product manager and a few others. I don’t recall the exact circumstances, but at some point the manager made a comment regarding a sale: The client, he said, tried to “Jew him down.”
The manager knew me — not well, but knew me — and although I didn’t say anything or show any reaction that I know of, he quickly walked back his comment in my direction — giving some lame excuse — probably because he suddenly realized from my last name that I was Jewish. Nobody else said anything that I recall.
Whenever I hear the term I immediately think of this incident, which obviously has remained with me even though it happened at least 35 years ago.
— G.R. in Arizona
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