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Forward: Selma airbrushes Jewish contribution to civil rights

Forward Magazine was once the largest Jewish publication in the world. It was started in New York City by Jewish Marxists from Europe. The name “Forward” came from Marxist slogans used in Europe. To this day, Forward Magazine has a bust of Karl Marx in their NYC office.

Much of the history of Civil Rights movements of the 20th Century involved non-black leaders, speech writers, and financiers manipulating blacks. The purpose was to create a monolithic black voting block for the left. Today black people typically vote Democrat at rates over 90%.

The NAACP was incorporated in 1911. It’s board of directors had only one Mulatto, W.E.B. Du Bois. The rest were Jews, Quakers, and wealthy young whites who were rebelling against their parents. At that time, the Democrat and Republican parties both had left-wing factions in NYC. Both factions were represented among the NAACP founders. Both factions wanted to win over black people as a voting block.

When Jewish banker Jacob Schiff was courted for the NAACP board of directors, he demanded that he be allowed to hand pick several other new board members. All his picks were Jewish, and the NAACP board of directors became half Jewish. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th presidents of the NAACP, spanning a period of decades, were all Jewish.

Today the NAACP has completely whitewashed the role of Jews, and white people in general, from their history. The NAACP focuses on Du Bois and other minor blacks involved, while ignoring who the actual leaders were.

It is interesting to note that the big enemy of the NAACP was Marcus Garvey and his Universal Negro Improvement.Association.

Today, many Black Power activists are openly hostile against Jews.

From Forward Magazine…

When filmmakers choose what to include or exclude from the stories they tell, their choices often have repercussions beyond the drama on the screen. In films based on real-life events, omissions can seriously distort the way we remember the past. “Selma,” a film directed by Ava DuVernay, offers an ambitious portrait of Martin Luther King by zeroing in on a pivotal moment in the black voting rights struggle. The negative way in which President Lyndon Johnson is portrayed has already sparked significant controversy, but the narrative strategy of the film leads to a glaring omission that has not yet surfaced: the contribution that thousands of white people, many of them Jewish, made to the Civil Rights Movement.

The black-Jewish relationship is complex, with many changes over time, but the historical record is clear. One of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909 was Henry Moskowitz. According to the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Jewish philanthropy was responsible in whole or in part for the founding of more than 2,000 primary and secondary schools and twenty black colleges (including Howard, Dillard and Fisk universities).

But white and specifically Jewish involvement in the Civil Rights Movement went far beyond institution-building fund-raising. Arnie Aronson was an important organizer of the 1963 March on Washington where Rabbi Uri Miller recited the opening prayer and Rabbi Joachim Prinz spoke before Dr. King’s historic “I have a dream” speech. The civil rights confrontations in St. Augustine, Florida, came to a head in the spring of 1964, when three wives of Episcopal bishops joined northern college students to take part in civil rights activities, during which Dr. King was arrested. From jail, he wrote to his friend, Rabbi Israel Dresner in New Jersey, urging him to recruit rabbis to come to St. Augustine, resulting in a huge mass arrest of the rabbis who responded.

In the new film, Dr. King makes a dramatic appeal to people of all races and religions to come and join him in Selma. Hundreds do, as though for the first time, and Dr. King is shown embracing a Greek Orthodox priest. Also visible among many whites is a Catholic priest and a minister. This is a deeply moving and dramatically effective scene. But I looked in vain for the embrace of a man with a yarmulke, a scene that would reflect the historical moment when Dr. King marched with Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a leading Jewish theologian and philosopher widely respected beyond the Jewish community. He may be present in the grainy documentary footage at the end of the film, but he is not visible in the body of the film, nor are any other Jews openly recognized.

We can only marvel at the courage of everyday black Americans as they joined with Martin Luther King and other black activists to take on the bigots who would deny them their rights during the Civil Rights Movement. But there were many Jewish and other white Americans who supported them before, during, and after the marches from Selma to Montgomery, and “Selma” misses a great teaching moment by excluding them.