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Dr. Terrence L. Johnson Talk

Torn Asunder: Blacks, Jews, and the Fragments of Political Solidarity

Historical narratives on the relationship between Blacks and (White) Jews in the United States emerge during most of the 20th century and the early parts of the 21st century. The accounts highlight a complicated set of encounters and relationships based on overlapping and competing political interests. But the accounts often ignore how race and religion inform politics and the economic and social barriers facing historically marginalized groups in the U.S. This talk will examine how returning to race and religion might open new deliberative starting points for understanding structural oppression and developing political solidarity in unfamiliar terrain.