Black-Jewish Relations Intensified And Tested By Current Political Climate (NPR)

I wrote this piece for National Public Radio (NPR) on how black and Jewish are working together with renewed vigor as both groups face racist and religious discrimination in today's fraught political climate.

"With hate crimes on the rise, old coalitions between blacks and Jews are being rekindled and tested. According to a recent survey by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), 57 percent of Jews support Black Lives Matter, the second highest percentage of any faith group following Muslims. Although blacks and Jews worked closely to advance social justice during the Civil Rights Movement, the strong ties between the two groups have waned since the end of Jim Crow.

But the election of President Trump has contributed to a marked increase in hate crimes, while racist and anti-Semitic attacks had already been on the rise for years."

You can find the full piece here on NPR's website.

Akinyi OchiengComment