Remembering black America’s ‘silent partner’ at Sears, Julius Rosenwald

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November 6, 2018 

Blacks and Jews need to get along, my father used to say, or we bring joy to those who have neither group’s interests in mind.

That useful bit of wisdom came to mind as synagogues across the country invited guests to join them this weekend. Some would light 13 candles in memory of two tragedies: The 11 shot and killed at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27 and the two African-Americans shot and killed two days earlier at a Jeffersontown, Ky., supermarket.

Indeed, the two events were portraits of how hate can operate without much distinction between targeted groups. “All Jews must die!” witnesses say the Pittsburgh gunman yelled as he entered the synagogue during Saturday morning services. “Whites don’t kill whites,” the Kentucky gunman said, according to reports, as he fled past a white man after killing a black man who was shopping with his grandson for school supplies. Visit www.chicagotribune.com to read the full article. 

 

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