By Seth Forman
Since the Sixties the connection among Blacks and Jews has been a contentious one. whereas others have tried to give an explanation for or fix the break-up of the Jewish alliance on civil rights, Seth Forman the following units out to figure out what Jewish considering with regards to Black americans unearths approximately Jewish id within the united states Why did American Jews become involved in Black factors within the first position? What did they must achieve from it? And what does that let us know approximately American Jews?
In a really provocative research, Forman argues that the dedication of yank Jews to liberalism, and their old definition of themselves as sufferers, has triggered them to act in ways in which have been outlined pretty much as good for Blacks, yet which in essence have been opposite to Jewish pursuits. they've got now not been in a position to dissociate their needs--religious, religious, communal, political--from these of African americans, and feature as a result acted in methods that have threatened their very own cultural vitality.
Avoiding the point of interest on Black victimization and white racism that regularly infuses paintings on Blacks and Jews, Forman emphasizes the complexities inherent in a single unique white ethnic group's involvement in America's racial dilemma.
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Blacks in the Jewish Mind: A Crisis of Liberalism by Seth Forman