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Bridges and Boundaries Revisited - African American and American Jews



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7 22 99 QUOTES Bridges and Boundaries Revisited African American and American Jews I INTRODUCTION I had lots of Jewish friends boys named Nathan and Sidney and Herman and girls named Sonya and Bess and Leah These children of foreign born parents were more democratic than native white Americans and less anti Negro Langston Hughes on growing up in Cleveland Ohio ca 1920 All of us Black people who lived in the neighborhood hated Jews not because they exploited us but because we had been taught at home and in Sunday School that Jews were Christ killers Richard Wright Black Boy 1945 How is it that the most famous black face singer in the world Al Jolson should be the son of a cantor The son of a line of rabbis well knows how to sing the songs of the most cruelly wronged people in the world s history The Jewish Daily Forward 1928 When I was young I was taught that being Jewish means You don t cross picket lines You work for peace You fight for social justice You never forget the suffering of your people a link to the suffering of others You value learning and dialogue Sabrina Virgo Jesse Jackson supporter 1988 Many whites of good will have accompanied us on our long journey for racial social and economic justice None has matched the Jewish community as long distance runners in the civil rights movement Hugh P Price National Urban League keynote address 1994 I never relate to myself as a white person because I m not a Gentile I m a Jew Sandra Bernhard in Vibe magazine 1992 2 After seeing Schindler s List I finally understood why some Jewish folk don t consider themselves white Forgive the lightbulb that went on over my dome but now I dig The Holocaust didn t happen to white people because the Nazis decided they weren t killing human beings when they killed Jews Greg Tate Last Black Picture Show Village Voice 1994 As was and still is appropriate and efficient in the face of the legalized monolith of U S apartheid laws Blacks and Jews focused frequently on their similarities



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