Embracing a Western Identity + The Jewish Oregon Story

The Color of Community

"The place of Jews in the American ethnic landscape has been much debated. Both societal attitudes toward Jews and Jewish attitudes toward other racial, ethnic, and religious minority groups have varied over time and place. For example, although it became common in the early twentieth century for northern Jews to publicly express support for African Americans, and for East European Jews in particular to view them as “fellow minorities,” it was difficult for Jewish southerners to do so. And despite the truism that Jewish prominence in the mid-twentieth-century Civil Rights Movement grew out of their own experience of discrimination and struggle to become fully accepted, it is clear that Jewish communities in some instances hesitated to identify too closely with African Americans, fearing such an alliance might put their own racial status in question." - Ellen Eisenberg

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