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bicut, wrote us an angry letter that stated, “Don’t be so bconcerned with black anti-Semitism. It is white anti- bSemitism that has the power to hurt us. Blacks are so rela- btively powerless . . . ” Mrs. Lane was as ignorant as she bwas hardhearted. In her magnificent home in Stamford, bwhere the nearest Black was not very near, she had no Black banti-Semitic problems, and when she wrote about white banti-Semites having the power to hurt us she really meant b“us”—Burton and Lynn Lane and family. But she neither bknew nor cared about the tens of thousands of little Jewish bfamilies and merchants who did not live in the lily-white bsection of Stamford, whose families lived in terror and to bwhom the Panthers were not only not “powerless” but a bdaily nightmare. We knew exactly what the “oppressed” bPanthers said and wrote and did about Jews and we were bgetting sick of having Jew-haters white or Black think that bthe little Jew was easy pickings.

bThe Bernstein syndrome was not limited to composers. It bwas prevalent among other prominent Jews and we made bevery effort to counteract it. Thus in December 1969, Ar- bthur Goldberg, restless after his resignation from both the bSupreme Court and United Nations Ambassadorship and bfresh from his flaying of Jewish militants, suddenly an- bnounced his “availability” to lead a committee to investigate bpersecution of the Panthers. At a press conference on De- bcember 19 we declared: “We are delighted to see that the bindefatigable Mr. Goldberg has found yet another public bservice to discharge.” We then released the text of a tele- bgram sent to Goldberg that read: “Since you apparently bhave time as evidenced by your planned investigation of the bPanther problem, JDL urgently suggests you take more btime to investigate persecution of Panther victims in inner bcities.”

bThe Panthers represented a danger to the Jew that we bfully appreciated. They openly threatened, extorted money bfrom, and physically assaulted Jewish merchants in the bghettos; they poisoned the minds of young blacks with anti- bJewish hatred, to which countless assaults on Jews in neigh- bborhoods and on Jewish youngsters in schools can be traced. b 

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