At Penn Lecture Series, Professor Dollinger Discusses Black Power, Jewish Politics

Friday, February 05, 2021

JEWISH EXPONENT (PHILADELPHIA) -- Marc Dollinger, a professor of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University, will present “Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s” on February 25.

He said the scale and scope of the Black Lives Matter protests are similar to the civil rights movement, but there are key differences in how white liberal Jews perceived racism then and how they perceive it now. Whereas activists in the ’50s and ’60s viewed racism as hateful behavior, segregation and the violence of the Ku Klux Klan, today’s activists are more focused on structural racism, or systems of oppression that benefit some while harming others.