Friday, April 25, 2008

Three sentences

BobfromBrockley has tagged me with a book-related meme. Here's the task:

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you.

The nearest book is Yours in Struggle: Three feminist perspectives on anti-semitism and racism by Elly Bulkin, Minnie Bruce Pratt, and Barbara Smith. Page 123 is in the section written by Bulkin about Jews in the civil rights struggle in America.
Returning to the changing political landscape of their own neighborhoods, some of these Jews found themselves on the sidelines of--and even occasionally opposed to--Black demands for quality education, job opportunities, and community control of local services and institutions. Even for those who maintained their political activism in other arenas, the option remained for them because of their race to leave the movement to go back home--to college, to jobs--and make it, or attempt to make it, as people who were both Jewish and white.

If rage at the exercise of white-skin privilege, during and after the civil rights movement, has resulted in some expressions of anti-Semitism by Black people, the active role of Jews in the civil rights movement has been misused by some Jews in ways that are clearly racist.
I'll have to think about who to tag....

1 comment:

bob said...

Blimey that was quick. You had a tough task, as those are long sentences. But actually very good for thinking with!