Jews and Racial Justice: Resources for Exploring

Resources, more or less follow the order of presentation in “Trouble to See,” prelude-#4, beginning with Trouble to See prelude. Additional resources and comments most welcome.

Zornberg, Avivah Gottlieb. The Particulars of Rapture. NY: Doubleday, 2001.

“Make the Omer Count,” series on blog. See also “Exodus from Racism.” The original “Trouble to see” post is here

Algren, Nelson. Chicago: City on the Make. 60th Anniversary Edition. Chgo: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2011. Originally published 1951. Addendum 1961.

Your Own Story. The stories of congregations and other collective bodies.

Liberated Muse Arts Group. Expelling Creases from the Fold anthology forthcoming. Visit LiberatedMuse for more information on the group’s offerings.

Ignatiev, Noel. How the Irish Became White. NY: Routledge, 1995.Russell, Thaddeus. A Renegade History of the United States. NY: Free Press, 2010.

Russell, Thaddeus. A Renegade History of the United States. NY: Free Press, 2010.

powell, john a. Racing to Justice: Transforming Our Conceptions of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2012. Spectacular reference section (especially given how few books bother to include at all)

Harris, Cheryl I. “Whiteness as Property.” Harvard Law Review, 1992-1993. widely available on-line.

Mendelsohn, Adam. “Don’t Whitewash Charleston’s Jewish History of Racism.” Forward June 22, 2015.

Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism has lots of resources and position papers going back decades. See also and

The Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative Judaism) has many position papers as well.

Bergstein, Eleanor. Commentary on “Dirty Dancing” (independent, 1987), Ultimate Edition DVD, 2003. Same remarks oft-quoted in news stories at the time of the movie release and later.

“Remembering Chicago’s great school boycott of 1963” in Chicago Reader 2013.

’63 Boycott documentary in progress with call for recollections and photos. Lots of info already up.

Chicago Jewish Historical Society has newsletters, including articles about Leon Despres.

White Flight graphic is based on U.S. Census data. (Source lost, sorry).

Suarez, Ray. The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration 1966-1999. NY: The Free Press, 1999

For racism history, generally, see, e.g.:
Kendi, Ibram X. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. NY: Nations Books, 2016.

King, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther. Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? Boston: Beacon Press, 2010 (reprint of 1967 work)

Berger, Maurice. White Lies: Race and the Myth of Whiteness. NY: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1999.

Hidary, Vanessa. Signature piece, “Hebrew Mamita,” widely available in original and extended versions. Print collection: The Last Kaiser Roll in the Bodega. Brooklyn, NY: Penmanship Books, 2011

MaNishtana –  Text works, available on website, include: Thoughts From A Unicorn: 100% Black. 100% Jewish. 0% Safe and “Fine, thanks. How are you, Jewish?”: A Stream of Consciousness Stroll Through the Jew of Color Mind

Michael Twitty, @KosherSoul – AfroCulinaria. Author of The Cooking Gene (forthcoming) Speech at JUFJ Racial Justice Seder, 2015.

Edugyan, Esi. Half-Blood Blues (a novel). NY: Picador, 2011.

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. “Blacks during the Holocaust” and “Rhineland Bastards.”

On Jews, Blacks, and music, see, e.g.:
Collis, John. The Story of Chess Records. NY: Bloomsbury, 1998. See also 4-part YouTube series called “The Chess Records Story”

Stratton, Jon. Jews, Race, and Popular Music. Surrey, England: Ashgate, 2009.

White, Miles. From Jim Crow to Jay-Z: Race, Rap, and the Performance of Masculinity. Univ. of Illinois Press, 2011.

Whitfield, Stephen J. American Space, Jewish Time: Essays in Modern Culture and Politics. North Haven, CT: Archon Books, 1988

“A Change Is Gonna Come.” Sam Cooke, released posthumously 1964. For the radio version, studio removed “I go to the movie….” verse, considered “political.”

SongRise, is DC’s “all women social justice a cappella group! We use our music to inspire the fight for social change.”

They performed at JUFJ’s Black Lives Matter Chanukah event, 2014. Here’s their “Change is Gonna Come”

Jews United for Justice. Look for JUFJ’s YouTube Channel. Includes 12 videos from 2014 Chanukah event and others of related interest. SongRise’s performance

We Act Radio’s Education Town Hall

DC Action for Children

Emeke, Cecile. “Ackee and Saltfish.” 2015.

A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom & Justice.”

Herron, Carolivia. “Why I’m Not Going to Say Anything About Ferguson” and more — See also

T’ruah statement on the Movement for Black Lives Platform

Organizational Links:

American Jewish World Service’ “Jewish Texts for Social Justice
Be’chol Lashon: In Every Tongue –
Bend the Arc: a Jewish Partnership for Justice
Jewish Multiracial Network
Jewish Social Justice Roundtable
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights –

Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation. –
ColorLines – published by Race Forward –
In specific, highly recommend: “Moving the Race Conversation Forward,” (two short videos)
See also everything else Jay Smooth has to say. Seriously.

Black Youth Project – See, especially, “Agenda to Keep Us Safe.” 2014

Light Brigade is a protest project of Code Pink – see

More links, just FYI:

Charleston Syllabus

Mizzou Syllabus

Spearman, Rev. T. Anthony Rev. Critical Issues Seminar 2016: Sermon. NC Council of Churches.

Barash-Hagans, Sarah. “For the Sin of Racism: A Racial Justice Vidui”