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Teaching about race

long saga of black-Jewish relations in America is complicated territory, fraught with animosity and blessed with friendship. For every positive chapter, it seems, that a negative counterweight rears its head. Jews were among leaders of the movement to abolish slavery; many died fighting for the Union in the Civil War. Other Jews owned slaves or assumed leadership positions in the Confederacy. Jews marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. — always a steadfast ally of American Jews — and other leaders of the Civil Rights movement; they were among those murdered by supporters of the Ku Klux Klan. While recognizing the value of this alliance, some black community leaders have charged Jews with economic exploitation of blacks, especially in such sectors as real estate. Many blacks […]
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