Do we still want civil rights for all?

By Albert Vorspan

Eugene Borowitz, January 8, 1971

In light of recent events, especially the war in Vietnam, the author warns that the political climate in the United States is becoming alarmingly anti-liberal:

Blacks are not important to the new concensus being built; neither are intellectuals, big cities, students, the poor, the eastern seaboard, dissenters and Jews. Not since the inception of the National Community Relations Advisory Council have we faced an administration less congenial to the broad goals of Jewish community relations. The test of civil liberties is not how we treat the meek and gentle humanists but how we treat the most enraged and alienated and obnoxious among our citizens.

and also that the older generation of Jewish Americans, in their over focus on the particular Jewish experience, are in danger of becoming simply "agencies of Jewish defensiveness."

Topic: Political Behavior, Civil Rights, Racism, Prejudice, Discrimination, Politics, Government

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Borowitz, Eugene

Volume/Issue: Vol.1/No.5

Page Number(s): 36-39

Genre: Article

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Vorspan, Albert. Do we still want civil rights for all?. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Eugene Borowitz. 8 January 1971: 36-39.


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