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Raphael Warnock, its first Black senator, in a suspenseful runoff election on Tuesday. David Garrow, a historian and biographer of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He noted that many of the White allies involved in the creation of the NAACP in the early s, were Jewish, with Jews in the North serving as long-time champions and financial supporters for civil rights causes.
Even in the Jewish community, that early history of solidarity — led in part by secular socialist and communist Jews — is sidelined, said Dr. Lewis Gordon, a professor and department head of philosophy at the University of Connecticut, who is Black and Jewish. In the South in particular, the two groups historically faced anti-Black racism and anti-Semitism.
Du Bois. While Watson ly earned Black rural votes by promoting interracial collaboration, he ultimately shifted to White supremacist rhetoric targeting Black and Jewish people in the state. Being reviled by the same forces brought collaboration and a sense of solidarity. For example, Morris B. Abrams, who would become the second president of Brandeis University, arose as a prominent civil rights lawyer in Georgia in the s.
While some Southern Jews identified with their Black neighbors, others tried to distance themselves or actively discriminated against them.
Capitol by supporters of President Donald J. Trump the day after the Senate runoff election. So, the symbolism of Ossoff, Jewish, and Warnock, Black, is a direct symbol of possibility in a nation against those White supremacist forces. David Levering Lewis In the South in particular, the two groups historically faced anti-Black racism and anti-Semitism. Hayley Zhao August 17, Related Stories.
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Scholars Reflect on the Symbolism of a Black-Jewish Senate Runoff Election Win in Georgia