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Books

 

How Jews Became White Folks and What that Says About Race in America
Karen Brodkin, Rutgers University Press 1998.
Brodkin suggests that racial assignment of individuals and groups constitutes an institutionalized system of occupational and residential segregation, a key element in misguided public policy and a pernicious foundational principle in the construction of nationhood.

 

Yours in Struggle: Three Feminist Perspectives on Anti-Semitism and Racism

Elly Bulkin, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Barbara Smith, Brooklyn Long Haul Press, 1984

YOURS IN STRUGGLE happened, the authors say, because “we were able to talk to each other in the fist place, despite our very different identities and backgrounds — white Christian-raised Southerner, Afro-American, Ashkenazi Jew. Each of us speaks only for herself, and we do not necessarily agree with each other. Yet we believe our cooperation on this book indicates concrete possibilities for coalition work.”

 

The Colors of Jews: Racial Politics and Radical Diasporism

Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz, Indiana University Press; Annotated edition, 2007

Exposes and challenges the common assumptions about whom and what Jews are, by presenting in their own voices, Jews of color from the Iberian Peninsula, Asia, Africa, and India. Drawing from her earlier work on Jews and whiteness, Kaye/Kantrowitz delves into the largely uncharted territory of Jews of color and argues that Jews are an increasingly multiracial people–a fact that, if acknowledged and embraced, could foster cross-race solidarity to help combat racism. This engaging and eye-opening book examines the historical and contemporary views on Jews and whiteness as well as the complexities of African/Jewish relations, the racial mix and disparate voices of the Jewish community, contemporary Jewish anti-racist and multicultural models, and the diasporic state of Jewish life in the United States.

 

Books On Black-Jewish Relations

 

African Americans and Jews in the Twentieth Century: Studies in Convergence and Conflict

Ed. V.P. Franklin, Nancy L. Grant, Harold M. Kletnick and Genna Rae McNeil, University of Missouri Press, 1998

In 1993 distinguished historian Nancy L. Grant organized “Blacks and Jews: An American Historical Perspective,” a conference held at Washington University in St. Louis and dedicated to the exploration of Black-Jewish relations in twentieth-century America. Featuring presentations by historians, sociologists, and political scientists, this conference reflected Grant’s devotion to scholarship on multicultural relations and the continuing struggle for racial equality in the United States. After Grant’s untimely death in 1995, V. P. Franklin and the other contributors completed the work of readying these essays for publication with the assistance of the coeditors.

 

Bittersweet Encounter: The Afro-American and the American Jew

Robert G. Weisbord and Arthur Stein, Negro Universities Press, 1970

 

Blacks and Jews: Alliances and Arguments

Ed. Paul Berman, Delacorte Press, 1994

Essays written from the sixties to the present by such leaders  of the Jewish and African-American communities as Cynthia Ozick, Shelby  Steele, and Cornell West trace the complex, sometimes troubled  relationship of American Jews and blacks.

 

Bridges and Boundaries: African Americans and American Jews

Ed. Jack Salzman, Adina Back, & Gretchen Sullivan Sorin, George Braziller, 1992

A look at how African Americans and Jews have related to each  other during the past century examines the links between the two groups  in light of each one’s cultural identity and experiences of marginality  and dislocation over time.

 

In the Almost Promised Land: American Jews and Blacks, 1915-1935

Hasia R. Diner, Greenwood Press, 1977

Seeking the reasons behind Jewish altruism toward African-Americans, Hasia Diner shows how – in the wake of the Leo Frank trial and lynching in Atlanta – Jews came to see that their relative prosperity was no protection against the same social forces that threatened blacks. It thus became in the Jewish American self-interest to support the black struggle for racial justice and to fight against American prejudice.

 

The Quiet Voices: Southern Rabbis and Black Civil Rights, 1880′s to 1990′s

Ed. Mark K. Bauman and Berkley Kalin, University of Alabama Press, 1977

This collection of essays is organized around a familiar, yet still unsettled question: did Jews in the  South resist white supremacy? If so, did they act out of narrow  self-interest or a larger humanitarian vision? Was Jewish opposition to  white racism the result of a few individuals who happened to be Jews, or a  prophetic mission on the part of Jews as a group? These questions provide  the departure point for the sixteen essays in the book….Taken together,  the essays offer a more specific and grounded understanding of what life  was like for southern rabbis caught between the caution and conservatism of  their congregations and the moral imperatives of their faith.

 

Strangers and Neighbors: Relations Between Blacks and Jews in the United States

Ed. Maurianne Adams and John Bracey, University of Massachusetts Press, 2000

An insightful anthology of writings and historical documents on the relationship between blacks and Jews in the U.S. covers three centuries of sometimes complementary, sometimes troubled history.

 

Pamphlet

 

‘The Past Didn’t Go Anywhere: Making Resistance to Antisemitism Part of All Our Movements”

April Rosenblum,  Kersplebedeb Publisher, 2007

 

Websites

 

Jews for Racial and Economic Justice  based in NYC, has been doing some very careful and successful work using a racial equity and racial justice lens in coalition work regarding domestic worker rights.

Jewish Social Justice has done racial justice work specifically with Orthodox communities.
Jewish Social Justice Roundtable  doesn’t have a specific anti-racism curriculum but was recommended as a good organization to reach out to.
AVODAH The Jewish Service Corp  Members from this group recommended many of the resources listed above

 

 

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