The Black & Jewish Divide in America.

The Fractured "Grand Alliance"

Martin Luther King Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel walking arm in arm.

Fascism, Nazism and antisemitism are back in the headlines. Conservative media and the New Right are relaxing with popcorn and settling in to watch as tensions between the Black and Jewish communities increase once again. Today’s episode traces the legacy of conflict between Black and Jewish people in the United States from the so-called “Grand Alliance” of the Civil Rights era, the Black Power and Consciousness movements and the emergence of Zionism in the U.S. to the recent explosion in pop culture. Who stands to gain from this fracture should be painfully obvious, but that doesn’t make for good television. 

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Martin Luther King Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel walking arm in arm.

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