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EP 286 Black Power, Jewish Politics: A Look Back and Forward


 The notion of African-American and Jewish leaders walking arm in arm
during the civil rights movement of the 1960’s stirs many, so proud that
they were on the right side of history.  And yet that imagery may mask
some truths that historians are now uncovering.  Chief among them is
Professor Marc Dollinger, author of ‘Black Power Jewish Politics’, whose
careful examination of the period suggests a divergence of interest
between the two communities that is understandable, though little
reported, until this time.  He also unlocks some fascinating new
thinking about the black power movement and its impact on all other
pride movements, including Jews rallying to the Zionist tradition in the
wake of Israel’s victory in the 1967 War.  Once we correct the
historical record, we move on in this conversation to talk about where
the two communities are today as horrific events pose real threats to
both groups by white supremacists.  Will it draw them closer together? 
Find out in the next thirty minutes.

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