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108 The Story of the Jewish Defense League

bSchwerner, and a Black as they worked for civil rights in bMississippi. On the program, Campbell read what he bclaimed was a poem written by a 15-year-old student of his. bTitled “To Albert Shanker [head of the UFT], Anti- bSemitism,” it read: “Hey, Jew-boy, with that yarmulke on byour head/you pale-faced Jew boy/I wish your were dead./I bsee you Jew boy/now you can’t hide/I got a scope on you/ byeah, Jew boy, you gonna die.” More of this “understand- bable” hate followed, after which Lester commented, “beauti- bful.” Indeed.

bOne month later, Lester had a few more oppressed Blacks bon his show who let Mr. Goodman, the ADL, The New bRepublic, Messrs. Schary, Scott, Schultz, Epstein, and Vor- bspan and all Jews know that “the poem reflected the feelings bof most of the black students” they know. Two of the guests bwere John Marsh, Chairman of the Afro-American Stu- bdents Association, and John Marson, a student at Brooklyn’s bSamuel Tilden High School. Presumably they had some- bwhat greater knowledge of young Blacks than all the babove-mentioned gentlemen, whose experience with Blacks bwas limited to Roy Wilkins on the one hand and the bneighborhood delivery boy on the other.

bWhile Lester was agreeing with his two young friends that bthe Campbell poem was “the valid expression of feeling bwidespread among black students in New York,” a third bpanelist, a gentleman by the name of Tyrone Woods, also bappeared. Identified as “a student of New York University,” bhe delivered himself of the following cultured utterance:

b“What Hitler did to six million Jews is nothing compared bto what’s been done to Black people. As far as I’m con- bcerned, more power to Hitler. He didn’t make enough blampshades out of them. He didn’t make enough belts out bof them.”

bIn the face of this kind of “understandable reaction,” bthe JDL, being most incapable of understanding, took a btotally different approach to the situation. Despite the fact bthat Jews had created a “verboten” picture of the Black bBedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, JDL announced bthat it was going there to demonstrate at the offices of the b 

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