Jews, Race and Justice in
the Age of Obama
Jews overwhelmingly — more than 80% — supported the candidacy of the first black president of the United States and made a sea change in American political reality.
Will the election of Barack Obama open the door to new kinds of conversations about race in the American Jewish community?
Does DuBois's expression of Double Consciousness apply to American Jews?
What does Obama’s landslide victory say about the priorities and commitments of the American Jewish community?
What meaning lies behind the numbers — do they suggest that American Jews have not have become as racialized as many people think?
What does it portend for the progressive and neo-conservative political currents that have fluctuated within the Jewish community over the last 40 years?
These are some of the questions that will be explored in a discussion with writer, civil rights activist and Jew of Color Eric Greene.
Eric Greene is the Senior Policy Advisor to the Executive Director of the ACLU of Southern California. He is the author of the critically acclaimed American cultural history, Planet of the Apes as American Myth: Race, Politics and Popular Culture (Wesleyan, 1998).
Greene is a graduate of Stanford Law School, where he served as vice president of the Black Law Students Association. As a student of classical Jewish texts he has studied at Machon Pardes and Yaakar in Jerusalem. He is currently a member of the Los Angeles Regional Board of the Progressive Jewsih Alliance (PJA), and has served as vice-president of the full PJA board.