“The segregationists and racists make no fine distinction between the Negro and the Jew.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Jews make up 2% of the total US population, yet 45% of the top 40 of the Forbes 400 richest Americans are Jews.
- The percentage of Jewish households with income greater than $50,000 is double that of non-Jews.
- One-third of all American multi-millionaires are Jewish.
- 20% of the Professors at leading universities are Jewish.
- 40% of partners in leading New York and Washington D.C. law firms are Jewish.
- 25% of all American Nobel Prize winners are Jewish.
How much of these things are in the genes, rather than the conducive (or lack thereof) environment? Can we learn any lessons from these people and grow our wealth and earn respect?
The story of Black-Jewish relations in the US is a long and complex one. Jews were among those who worked to establish the NAACP in 1909 and African-American newspapers were among the first in the US to denounce Nazism. During the Civil Rights movement, Blacks and Jews fought together for equal rights. With the waning of that movement, differences in economic status caused both groups to turn inward. Positions hardened around such divisive issues as affirmative action in the schools, Louis Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism, even Jewish influence in Hollywood.
Join Wendy Wright and guest Steven Silbiger this Saturday for an open and honest discussion about the Jewish and Black experience in America. Your comments and questions are encouraged and welcome. Talk just got interesting!
Wright On The Edge, Saturday from 1-3pm on WOL and streaming live at woldcnews.com