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bevery hurdle that the Afro-American has yet to jump stands bthe Jew who has already cleared it” and “the already badly bexploited Black” was allowed “to be further exploited by bJews.”

bThirty pickets from the JDL demonstrated outside the bmuseum while liberal, upper-class Thomas Hoving, the bmuseum’s director, allowed as the observations “were any- bthing but racist.” To the contrary, Hoving said, “I condemn bthe tenor of the times which forces a young person who has blived in Harlem all her life to have these opinions.” Presum- bably the tolerant Mr. Hoving would have commiserated with bthe Hitler youngster who burned Jews because he was bforced to live in Berlin all his life. Robert Bernstein, Jewish bpresident of Random House, the publishing company, was beven more blasé, saying that his company did not “consider bit part of our function to censor the opinions of authors bwhose books we publish.” No one asked Bernstein why he bdecided to publish the work in the first place. The book was bput together by yet another Jewish liberal, Allen Schoener bof the State Council of Arts and former assistant director of bthe Jewish Museum. He said: “I believe the Jews must face bthe realities of the world in which we live. Miss Van Ellison bhas merely drawn attention to the facts.” We await with bbated breath Mr. Schoener’s reaction to the American Nazi bcatalogue which is so “realistic” and which calls attention beven more vividly to “the facts.”

bOnce again, under pressure, there was a capitulation and bthe catalogue was withdrawn by the museum.

bIn the weeks that followed, Jew-hatred in the schools grew bworse. The “innocuous” poem by Campbell suddenly bturned up at Intermediate School 258 in Bedford- bStuyvesant when a seventh-grade teacher named Paul An- bthony, as part of a class assignment, had his students copy bthe poem word for word. We appeared at the school to bdemonstrate and I told the white, hostile, but frightened bprincipal, Mary McAssey, that we expected Anthony to be bsuspended. On February 24, we received a request from the blocal UFT chapter teachers of School District 15 in Brook- blyn. Militants led by one Gloria Oliver were threatening to b 

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