The Awkward Alliance

By Leonard Fein

Moment Magazine, 1986

Is there still a realistic possibility reforging an alliance between the Jewish and Black communities of America? Long gone are the days of the Freedom Rides and of rabbis standing on picket lines singing "We Shall Overcome". Yet three elements help to explain and perhaps save this curious, and uniquely American alliance. First, both Jews and blacks have known bondage. Second, this legacy, both positive and negative, lives on in both communities, and the vision of a world free of oppression has singular traction amongst blacks and Jews. Finally, if America's Jews and blacks cannot repair their alliance, then the whole of America is in trouble. An America that is not safe for the Jews will never be safe for blacks, and an America that oppresses its blacks will surely not stay fair to the Jews. America needs allies in the ongoing fight against injustice, and hope remains that this once proud alliance for human rights is not beyond repair.

Topic: Black-Jewish Relations, Political Behavior, Civil Rights, Diaspora Relations, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Communal Memory, Politics

Name of Publication: Moment Magazine

Page Number(s): 18-20

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Fein, Leonard. The Awkward Alliance. Moment Magazine. Moment Magazine. 1986: 18-20.


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