The traditional alliance between blacks and Jews that did so much to make the United States a more democratic country began to weaken in the late 1960s. Now, 20 years later,
controversies over affirmative action, Israel, South Africa and the presidential campaign of Jesse Jackson have called the relationship into serious question. Are blacks and Jews still on
the same side of the political fence? To what extent have the two groups' priorities and needs led them down divergent paths?