The Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften: EventsThursday, 03 December 2020, 18:00
Martin Buber-Lecture in Jewish Intellectual History and Philosophy
Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College): »Racism in America: The Past and Future of Black-Jewish Relations«
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The meteoric rise of White Nationalism in the United States during the past three years has exposed the extent to which racism and antisemitism fester throughout the country. Scholars debate whether antisemitism is a species of racism (»hate«) or a separate phenomenon, and whether the same methods should be deployed against both. To what extent can and should Jews and African Americans join in combatting racism and antisemitism? What alliance between the two groups is possible and useful in the American context?
Many American Jews turn with pride to the active participation of Jews in the Civil Rights Movement (CRM), in which numerous rabbis and Jewish students took part in disproportionate number – and some died. The CRM alliances remain a powerful and inspiring memory, and many Jews long to revive the alliances of the 1960s. Yet the political context has changed and tensions between the two groups have increased sharply in recent decades for reasons that will be explained.
This lecture will speak about the complex relations between Jews and the CRM; how African American experience might revise Jewish historical understanding; and discuss several new scholarly analyses of anti-Black racism published in recent years.
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