Allies or adversaries: Jewish-black Relations in the USA, an entangled history

Allies or adversaries: Jewish-black Relations in the USA, an entangled history

The relation between Jewish and black Americans is characterized by mutual recognition and identification, but also by tensions. Jewish Americans participated in the civil rights movement. But in 1991, existing tensions between black and jewish inhabitants of Crown Heights escalated into riots.

In this program, Hasia Diner reviews Black-Jewish relations, beginning with the first Jewish immigrants coming to the US, more recently during the era of Obama, and at present, in the days of president Trump. Lucas Johnson, non-violent activist and part of the Civil Rights movement will give his views on this relationship.

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Hasia Diner

Hasia Diner is an American historian. Diner serves as the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History, Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and History, as well as Director of the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History at New York University. Diner published extensively on Black-Jewish relationships.
In 2009 she published the book ‘We Remember with Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence after the Holocaust, 1945-1962’ in which she criticizes the idea that initially American Jews were silent about the Holocaust.







Lucas Johnson

Lucas Johnson is one of the next generation civil rights activists and was mentored by dr. Vincent Harding. He is presently located in Amsterdam and serves as the coordinator of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR), a worldwide organization committed to non-violent change of unjust political, social and economic structures.