Blaming the Jews
This article focuses on African Americans’ bitterness at societal barriers and its impact on their relations with American Jews. For many African Americans today, especially those too young to have experienced the turbulent conflicts and bittersweet victories of the 1950s and 1960s, words of praise and thanksgiving like those voiced by civil rights activist Martin Luther King have a hollow ring. Even before King’s assassination, other, more inflammatory African American leaders began to say they were growing tired of hearing how much Jews had done for them and many began saying things that were much worse. These revisionists further began to proclaim that, even in the very specific social settings and political contexts where African Americans and Jews had marched together, they had not really been partners.