Living the Legacy


Growing tensions II: Affirmative Action

Unit 3 , Lesson 3

Jewish Women's Archive - Living the Legacy

Growing tensions II: Affirmative Action

Enduring understandings: 
  • By the end of the 1960s and into the following decades, the activists, organizations, and communities that had been part of the Civil Rights Movement had many different and sometimes conflicting ideas regarding the next priorities for securing African American civil rights and for the Movement as a whole.
  • Within the Jewish community, opinion was (and remains) divided on policies of Affirmative Action and its implications for Jews and for African Americans.
Essential questions: 
  • How did responses to affirmative action raise tensions between and within the African American and Jewish communities?
  • In the decades after the Civil Rights Movement, what changed in Jewish and African American feelings about their respective relationships to civil rights?
  • How do Jewish responses to affirmative action reflect some of the conflicting priorities found within the Jewish community?
  • How, if at all, does Black-Jewish conflict and the controversy around affirmative action relate to our experiences today?
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