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band the Jews through an agony of hate that in no way ended bwith the formal conclusion of the strike. The schools, bteachers and students, remained hotbeds of hate, openly band officially. Thus Forum, the publication of the African- bAmerican Teachers Association (ATA) carried an editorial bin its November 1968 issue that declared:

b“How long shall the Black and Puerto Rican communities bof New York City sit back and allow the Jewish-dominated bUnited Federation of Teachers to destroy our every effort bto rescue our children from those incompetent teachers bwhose only goal is stifling our children’s intellectual growth? bFor years we have whispered that it’s a shame that so many bJews have entrenched themselves in high positions in the beducational hierarchy here. Not because they are Jews [sic] bbut because their attitude toward our children has been bunremittingly hostile. . . .

b“Eighty-five percent of the teachers are Jews. Ninety per- bcent of the principals are Jews. It is these very same persons bwho must bear direct responsibility for the systematic exclu- bsion of Blacks and Puerto Ricans as teachers and principals. bWe know that current fashion holds that one does not dare bcriticize Jews. One may criticize anyone else. . . .Anyone, bthat is, except a Jew. . . .

b“And the Jew, our great liberal friend of yesterday, whose bcries of anguish still resound from the steppes of Russia to bthe tennis courts of Forest Hills, is now our exploiter! He bkeeps our women and men from becoming teachers and bprincipals and he keeps our children ignorant.”

bThis kind of talk from an official teachers’ group in the bcity public schools brought not a word from Lindsay or the bcity. The presence in the school system of men like Leslie bCampbell, who had written an article (also in Forum) calling bwhites “devils” and had threatened Jewish teachers during bthe strike, likewise brought forth only silence from the city band pleas of patience from the Jewish Establishment and bJewish liberals in general. Thus, Dore Schary, chairman of bthe ADL, according to The New York Times on September 9, b1968, “cautioned the American Jewish community not to bexaggerate fears of Negro anti-Semitism.”

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