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Ellen Willis

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680788

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680788.001.0001

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The Myth of the Powerful Jew

The Myth of the Powerful Jew

(p.228) The Myth of the Powerful Jew
Beginning to See the Light

Ellen Willis

University of Minnesota Press

The resignation of U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young in August 1979 promoted the Village Voice to devote considerable space to the crisis in black-Jewish relations. In its August 26 issue the Voice published “Such Good Friends,” by Joel Dreyfuss, who reiterated and elaborated on black leaders’ criticism of the Jewish community. This chapter presents a response to Dreyfuss and other black critics, which was published a week later. The author claims that while fury of black people at Young’s departure reflects a decade or more of increasing tensions between blacks and Jews, what is perhaps less obvious is how much the entire incident reflects deteriorating relations between Jews and non-Jews generally.

Keywords:   Jews, non-Jews, blacks, Andrew Young, Village Voice, Joel Dreyfuss

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