The “Militant” Fight Against Anti-Semitism:
Education and Democratic Discussion Is the Better Way
IT WAS not so long ago that Jews sought to defend themselves against anti-Semitism by discreet and persuasive apologetics and by the quiet intercession of their “best people” with the authorities. Though these methods survive, the past two decades have tended to replace them by pressure-group tactics in which Jewish organizations take the offensive-by means of picketing or boycott, or the threat of these weapons-against books (The Merchant of Venice), movies (Oliver Twist), teachers (City College’s Knickerbocker), performers (Gieseking, Furtwangler), and exhibits (the German Industries Fair) that are thought to promote or condone anti-Semitism. It must be at once conceded that much has been accomplished by these methods in the last years in the field of civil rights and fair employment practices. Yet the new “militancy” has brought with it new problems, at once ethical and practical.
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