“ENDING WHITE PRIVILEGE STARTS WITH ENDING JEWISH PRIVILEGE,” screams a flyer distributed on the Chicago campus of the University of Illinois. Based on distorted statistics—which the alleged source, a Pew survey, firmly rejects—the subtext seems to be that what we really should be ending are the Jews.
The flyer falsely alleges that 44 percent of Jewish Americans are in the top 1 percent of earners. The threshold for being in the top 1 percent is $465,626, and while perhaps 44 percent of Jewish Americans would like to have achieved that distinction, they haven’t. The flyer’s authors mangled the real fact that 44 percent of Jewish Americans earn more than $100,000 a year.
Although foreign-born Muslims have not yet achieved a similar financial success level, they are far more likely to be found in the over-$50,00-a-year bracket than are native-born Americans. No small part of their success comes from Southeast Asian Muslims, largely Pakistani. But don’t expect their success to be distributed on a circular for scorn.