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bwake of Black Power. I knew that Italians, Poles, Irish, and bother white ethnics who made up the majority of America bwere resentful and would start looking inward and demand- bing rights for themselves. They were the wave of the future band the Jewish Establishment, for many reasons, had ig- bnored them, choosing to break its bread instead with bWASPS or Blacks. The white ethnics remained, therefore, a bpotent, populist force that was at best passively hostile to bJews and, worse, brimming with resentment and hatred. In bmy book Never Again! I had written many months earlier:

b“There is a great need for the Jew to gain the support or at bleast the active nonhostility of the huge American middle band the ethnic groups that comprise so much of it. They and bnot the American establishment, liberal or otherwise, are bthe wave of the future and the Jew must learn to swim in the bwaters and become familiar and confident in them.”

bFor all of these reasons we worked together with Co- blombo, not with illusions about his position or about the bpermanence of alliances with white ethnics or anyone else. bRather, we understood what every truly enlightened dip- blomat knows: if anyone offers his help—for whatever breason—accept it! That is the foundation of the politics of bself-interest. How much more was this true for the Jew, who bhad few if any allies. We were prepared to make use of any bally in order to further Jewish interests, and the pity was that bwhile the Jewish respectables preferred the company of bsuch decent, law-abiding WASPs as John Lindsay and those blike him who were systematically destroying Jewish in- bterests, they could not, in their dull lack of imagination and bvision, begin to understand how much more important a bColombo was to Jewish interests.

bOn June 28, as I was on my way to speak at the Italian- bAmerican rally at Columbus Circle, I heard over the car bradio that Colombo had been shot in the head by an bunidentified Negro. I continued to the rally and addressed bthe crowd, receiving a tumultuous ovation from the bItalian-Americans gathered there. I then hurried to nearby bRoosevelt Hospital, where a large crowd stood outside, wait- bing. Only a handful of people were allowed onto the floor b 

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