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Remembering Jackie Robinson’s Fight Against Anti-Semitism

Robinson witnessed the valuable contributions that Jews were making to the black community's struggle.

Jackie Robinson.

Jackie Robinson.

According to Norwood, when black nationalism emerged as a powerful force during the 1960s, Robinson rejected its separatist agenda and continued to include Jews in his major efforts to economically empower the black community with the Freedom National Bank and the Jackie Robinson Construction Company.

Roger Kahn, whose classic The Boys of Summer chronicled Robinson and his teammates’ multi-year road to winning the World Series in 1955, would write later that Robinson’s actions during the Apollo protests should not have come as a surprise.

“He hated anti-Semitism just as he hated prejudice against blacks,” Kahn wrote. “Without qualification and from the gut.”

About the Author: Ami Eden is editor in chief of JTA.


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6 Responses to “Remembering Jackie Robinson’s Fight Against Anti-Semitism”

  1. Some people have an ample class and integrity. Mr. Robinson and Dr. King were two that had it and more. Too bad President Obama hasn't learned from them – instead his mentor is Rev. Wright

  2. Les Le Gear says:

    Obama was wrong on Wright.

  3. Grace Acosta says:

    Love this article, we need more like it!

  4. Tolerating intolerance is intolerance.
    Thank you Mr. Robinson

  5. Tolerating intolerance is intolerance.
    Thank you Mr. Robinson

  6. Tolerating intolerance is intolerance.
    Thank you Mr. Robinson

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