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Broken Alliance: The Turbulent Times Between Blacks and Jews in America

By Jonathan Kaufman
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Book Details
  • Author: Jonathan Kaufman
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Published: 1988-10-06
  • Edition: First Edition
Examines causes of the break-up of the civil rights coalition between Jews and Blacks in the 1970s-80s, among them the Black demand for Black Power and resentment of Jewish "paternalism, " the shift of the movement to the northern ghettos where Jewish landlords and shopkeepers were seen as the white "exploiters", opposition by some Jews to affirmative action, and Blacks' alignment with the Third World, including sympathy for the Palestinians. Traces this development by means of portraits of seven middle-echelon activists: four Jews (Jack Greenberg, Bernie and Roz Ebstein, Martin Peretz) and three Blacks (Paul Parks, Rhody McCoy, Donna Brazile). The Black subjects were not antisemitic, but they encountered antisemitism among their associates.