Is There a Future for the Black-Jewish Alliance? with Jonathan Kaufman
During the Civil Rights movement Blacks and Jews worked together to transform the country. Jews made up two-thirds of the whites who travelled south to join the Freedom Rides and helped register Blacks to vote. The murder of Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney—two young Jews and a young Black civil rights worker—symbolized the historic bonds between these two groups. But these days, as both anti-Semitism and racism are on the rise, Blacks and Jews are often on opposite sides, clashing over Israel, affirmative action and anti-Semitic statements made by leaders of Black Lives Matter. Can this alliance be saved? And what do the tensions between Blacks and Jews mean for American politics, and for the future—and safety—of both groups.