May 19th, 2010
Written by Francesca Biller in The Welcoming Table with 2 Comments
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While growing up within two different cultures left my siblings and me with bittersweet challenges, we have always had the sweet comforts of the family meal and a 'welcoming' table that satisfied both our appetites and spirits. Feasting on distinctive recipes passed down from my father's Russian-Jewish family, and my mother's exotic blend of Japanese-Hawaiian heritage, serves as a reminder that...
May 12th, 2010
Written by Aricka Flowers in Stereotypes & Labels with 1 Comment
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One of the infamous uses of the word “hymie” dates back to Reverend Jesse Jackson's run for the White House. In a January 1984 interview with Washington Post reporter Milton Coleman, Jackson referred to Jewish people as “Hymies” and New York City as “Hymietown.” A firestorm soon erupted around Jackson prompting him to apologize in an emotional speech at a New Hampshire synagogue the following...
May 11th, 2010
Written by Jake Singleton in Cover Stories with 0 Comments
On the morning of February 3, 1903, clergy, attorneys, educators and other prominent African-American citizens from St. Louis, Kansas City and St. Joseph gathered in the A.M.E. church in Jefferson City, Mo. They came to plan their presentation at a committee hearing in the Missouri House of Representatives to show why it should kill a bill that would require all railroads in Missouri to run...
May 5th, 2010
Written by Jane Mersky Leder in Stereotypes & Labels with 0 Comments
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• 1909 – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded. Interestingly, W.E.B. Dubois was the only prominent black of the founding board of directors. Most of the other board members were Jewish. The NAACP’s first president was Arthur Spingam, and only Jews served as board presidents until the 1970s. The Jewish leadership was little known by the public at...
April 28th, 2010
Written by Sonya Rose in Feature Stories with 0 Comments
Another tempest loomed over the horizon in Brooklyn's Crown Heights. A 2008 series of events led to what some believe aided in fueling volatile relations between black and Jewish area residents, culminating in a confluence of sect-on-sect crime that might ultimately prove even more hazardous than the scarring the community experienced back in 1991. That summer, a 7-year-old Guyanese boy, Gavin...


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