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December 5, 2022

Video, Podcast: My name isn’t Waylon “Lewis”—on anti-Semitism.


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Hate’s awful from any side. Equality for all. Simple. Love. Simple. But not easy, apparently. It takes education and doing the work and real friends. And this isn’t just a conservative problem.⁠

Many of my liberal friends yawn when I say anti-Semitism is a thing. ⁠

I am half-Jewish. And I am passing white, it’s true. But anti-Semitism is alive & not-well, even in their lack of recognition of it. ~ ed.

Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis features:

Prejudice is complicated: anti-Semitism is real and yet there are different layers of privilege and racism and sexism and homophobia and many more virulent forms of “othering”—you know, ignorant hate.

Prejudice is simple: we dissolve it when we open our minds and hearts. That’s how we know it isn’t true, it can only survive in the clouds of that ignorance and hate.

I’m half-Jewish. Whenever I post about anti-Semitism on Facebook, over the past years, my own friends and community have dismissed my personal concerns. Whatever, you’re white, they say.

My response: My name isn’t “Waylon Lewis.”

~ Waylon Lewis

Or listen to the podcast: 

“The good news is that from a Buddhist point of view, we don’t actually have to be hateful. We don’t actually have to be prejudiced. We can dissolve our hate, which is born of ignorance by bringing in sunshine, education, empathy, and heart connection.” ~ Waylon Lewis


A note from Waylon:

Big news about my podcast, new YouTube channel.

Our podcast and video series are trying to start up again, with Molly’s help! Help support them by viewing, listening, sharing—we’ve received many requests over the last years for mindful tips and conversations and the podcast to return. Boom! I’m once again doing a convo/video/podcast once a week. Hope you give it a listen.

I’m leaving behind Elephant’s 35,000 subscribers (Google never let us monetize) and many millions of views—and I hope you’ll subscribe to my new channel here: I’ll upload at least one video a week about everyday mindfulness and eco and meditation and relationships and food and equality and politics from a non-hateful perspective, and all that good stuff.

⁠So, anyways, starting a new account. Subscribe! Support! Share! All the things. May it be of benefit! Be one of my first and comment if you do so.


For more mindful chats, go to elephantjournal.com/talkshow and follow us on Instagram at @walkthetalkshow.

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