Recent flashpoints in Black-Jewish relations-Louis Farrakhan's Million Man March, the violence in Crown Heights, Leonard Jeffries' polemical speeches, the O.J. Simpson verdict, and the contentious responses to these events-suggest just how wide the gap has become in the fragile coalition that was formed during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. Instead of critical dialogue and respectful exchange, we have witnessed battles that too often consist of vulgar name-calling and self-righteous finger-pointing. Absent from these exchanges are two vitally important and potentially healing elements: Comprehension of the actual history between Blacks and Jews, and level-headed discussion of the many issues that currently divide the two groups. In Struggles in the Promised Land, editors Jack Salzman and Cornel West bring together twenty-one illuminating essays that fill precisely this absence. As Salzman makes clear in his introduction, the purpose of this collection is not to offer quick fixes to the present crisis but to provide a clarifying historical framework from which lasting solutions may emerge.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 776 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 33 mm
"Struggles in the Promised Land replaces dogmatism with dialogue, using history to discern what actually happened, thus paving the way for informed analysis and lasting solutions."--Black Employment Review
"The carefully researched and unsentimental essays in Struggles in the Promised Land are as concerned with differences as shared experiences, and try to provide an alternative model of the changing fortunes of the relations between Blacks and Jews."--Peter Eisenstadt, The Jewish Ledger
"A provocative, meaningful, and necessary presentation."--Booklist
"This newly-published collection of essays on Black-Jewish relations provides a perspective on the past and at least a glimpse of the future."--Jewish Book World
"Unique and extremely useful...[E]xplores in depth and from different perspectives (both black and Jewish) events, issues, and debates when Jews and blacks did, indeed, either come together or oppose one another, whether or not their interaction can be said to constitute anything approaching an alliance or even an on-going relationship."--History and Social Sciences
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