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bwould be paid his salary, nothing would be done, and the bway would be opened for a Black to take his job. I told bStewart, “If you think you’re going to sell out Goldberg out bof fear . . . we will come down and we’ll do anything these bmilitants do—only better.” I made it clear that we would bwreck the school.

bFor two days we left Goldberg in the care of Chaim bBieber, a huge, powerful man who looked and was capable bof breaking the heads of any five students together. bGoldberg stayed on and racism and anti-Semitism bremained—but passive and in total retreat.

bNot only the elementary and high schools of the city were bin chaos but the city colleges now saw an alliance of Blacks band Puerto Ricans together with a handful of Jewish leftists bwho were demanding a quota system based on the percen- btage of ethnic groups in the city. This, at City College, would bhave entailed the adding of thousands of Blacks and other bnonwhites who had not been able to enter the school on bmerit and the dropping of other thousands of Jews, who bhad. Part of CCNY was shut down by Blacks and when bviolence flared, CCNY President Buell Gallagher, in an act bof cowardice, closed down the entire school. For more than ba month, students could not study while racism raged btriumphant. While rally after rally was held on campus by bthe militants, no one dared demonstrate openly against the bquota system. In May, I and twenty other JDL people held ban open rally in the middle of the campus against racism and breverse discrimination, surrounded by hundreds of militant bBlacks and their Jewish supporters. Heckling and bobscenities punctuated the air. As we stood together in a bsmall knot, the mob suddenly surged forward and I am not bashamed to admit that I was frightened. But as we pushed bback, the mob broke up and the rally continued. It was a bsmall victory, perhaps, but the four Christian students who bcame up after the rally and said “You guys have guts, that bwas the first rally of this kind we’ve ever seen here. Can we bjoin the JDL?” understood perfectly what had happened. bThey did join, and at one point some 4 percent of our bmembership was non-Jewish.

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