racism, antisemitism, description of antisemitic caricatures, Star Trek
@cadxdr@shahaan there are caricature comic at least back to the 30s at least, and the ferengi's smile and rubbing of hands stem from this. The greed is central to these caricatures, and it's equally central to the ferengi culture.
racism, antisemitism, ancient history of european antisemitism, Star Trek
@cadxdr@shahaan that whole deal is based on the fact that banking and moneylending was frowned upon by the christians way, way back, like some 500 years at least. But everyone still wanted to borrow money, so they forced Jewish people into those positions. I'm guessing, by not allowing them to do anything else. So after they established this business for Jewish people, we started saying that those people did it because they were greedy or something.
Quite a lot of similarities with transgendered sex-workers here, actually...