Why Can't they Be Like Us?

By William Kahn

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Spring 1969

While the economic and social injustices faced by black Americans were highlighted by the Kerner Comission in 1967, many Jews responded not with boundless resolve to help but rather with the question, "Why can't they be like us?" The author notes that blacks in America are not at all in the same situation as Jews, who pulled themselves out of poverty and exclusion to become central to the fabric of American society. Black Americans face centuries of racism and deculturalization at the hands of whites, and they have entered the industrial workforce later than white Americans. The author argues that it is a Jewish imperative to participate in the struggle for equality, and he lists many ongoing and developing initiatives of the Jewish center in St. Louis as examples of what can be done.

Topic: Black-Jewish Relations, Social Justice, Communal Responsibility, Racism, Poverty

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 45/No. 3

Page Number(s): 267-273

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: St. Louis, Missouri , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Kahn, William. Why Can't they Be Like Us?. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Spring 1969: 267-273. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4191


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