Last night my friend Tom and I were walking around Tel-Aviv beach, when we encountered three Israeli-Ethiopian girls ambulating around drunkenly. We walked by them, and gave them a friendly look. Since we were in the middle of a conversation about women, I think we were hoping for some flirting to go down. Instead, one of the girls gawked at us and screamed: “What are you looking at, you ugly Ashkenazim.” We kept walking, but I felt offended. Couldn’t she tell that I was 1/4 Mezrachi?
This got me thinking, for young Ethiopians living in Israel are the words “ugly Ashkenazim” a tautology? Or were Tom and I particularly hideous?