Empathy or Complicity?: Southern Jews and Black Civil Rights

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

The history of Jews in the American South is distinguished in part by the region’s particular history of anti-Black racism and segregation, but southern Jews’ varied responses to systems of segregation, discrimination, and exploitation defy easy characterization. While scholarly histories and popular memory often portray southern Jews as empathetic toward African Americans, some southern Jews actively and publicly defended the practice of segregation and nearly all Jews in the South benefited from having white status in a racially stratified economic and social system. In this talk, Dr. Josh Parshall will examine the long, complex, and sometimes contradictory history of southern Jews’ actions and inactions in response to the problems of white supremacy and Black civil rights.

This talk is a collaboration between Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Carolina Center for Jewish Studies and Carolina Public Humanities. It is free and open to all. Please go here to register

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