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Blacks in the Jewish Mind : A Crisis of Liberalism - Seth Forman

Blacks in the Jewish Mind

A Crisis of Liberalism

Paperback Published: 1st October 2000
ISBN: 9780814726815
Number Of Pages: 284

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Since the 1960s the relationship between Blacks and Jews has been a contentious one. While others have attempted to explain or repair the break-up of the Jewish alliance on civil rights, Seth Forman here sets out to determine what Jewish thinking on the subject of Black Americans reveals about Jewish identity in the U.S. Why did American Jews get involved in Black causes in the first place? What did they have to gain from it? And what does that tell us about American Jews?

In an extremely provocative analysis, Forman argues that the commitment of American Jews to liberalism, and their historic definition of themselves as victims, has caused them to behave in ways that were defined as good for Blacks, but which in essence were contrary to Jewish interests. They have not been able to dissociate their needs--religious, spiritual, communal, political--from those of African Americans, and have therefore acted in ways which have threatened their own cultural vitality.

Avoiding the focus on Black victimization and white racism that often infuses work on Blacks and Jews, Forman emphasizes the complexities inherent in one distinct white ethnic group's involvement in America's racial dilemma.

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"[A] rich, engaging, scholarly, and nuanced chronicle of an . . . often-tormented interethnic, interreligious, interracial relationship."--MultiCultural Review

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Race Relations and the Invisible Jewp. 1
The Liberal Jew, the Southern Jew, and Desegregation in the South, 1945-1964p. 24
Jews and Racial Integration in the North, 1945-1966p. 55
The New York Intellectuals and Their "Negro Problem," 1945-1966p. 97
The Unbearable "Whiteness" of being Jewish: The Jewish Approach toward Black Power, 1967-1972p. 135
The Jew as Middleman: Jewish Opposition to Black Power, 1967-1972p. 193
Conclusion: Blacks and Jews in American Popular Culturep. 216
Notesp. 223
Indexp. 265
About the Authorp. 274
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ISBN: 9780814726815
ISBN-10: 081472681X
Series: Open Access Lib and Hc
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 1st October 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.39

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