An American Black person may very well be tired of hearing about slavery as though it was something done and forgotten; in actual fact, the power relations of slavery are the same power relations of “freedom” and “how far we have come,” because Blacks are still held in economic thrall and murdered freely in the streets with no one held to account. While there are anti-Semitic incidents here and there in Europe and America, there is nothing like a level of anti-Semitism here in the United States even vaguely comparable to what Blacks experience. Jews are not watched as they wander through the store, nor are their neighborhoods targeted by police (although there may be comparable drug use)–unless they make themselves visible in traditional garb, Jews in the U.S. are as “invisible” as the white folks.
What young people (teenagers) are tired of hearing about is just about everything, because they quite rightly feel the world they’re being handed is an irresolvable mess. But they should be told about the Holocaust AND about the paradoxical fact that the Israeli treatment of Palestinians is settler colonial apartheid. The very people who claim most often to have learned the great lesson of the Holocaust have, in fact, learned nothing–and the vast majority of them are not even related to the original victims of the Holocaust, much less actual survivors.
None of the bad news about the world, finally, can be separated from its cause: the long dead hand of capitalism is to be seen clearly in all of it.