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Book Gives Negro
Views of Jews
Robert Penn Warren, in “Who Speaks for the Negro?” published by Random House, has written a powerful condemnation of race prejudice and a strong appeal for full civil rights for the Negro.
Out of his recorded conversations emerge frank statements on many issues, including that of Negro anti-Semitism. We are told in this volume that “basically the Negro is not anti-Semitic, and such anti-Semitism as he ordinarily expresses stems from his personal experience—I knew one once and he did so-and-so to me. The Negroes who make anti-Semitic remarks are those who have run into, say, a Jewish storekeepers or a Jewish landlord or a Jewish woman who is the boss of domestic servants. But I have met thousands and thousands of Negroes, and they have never forgotten, wherever they’ve been, the Jews who helped them—some Jews.”
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