The history of Blacks and (white) Jews in America is a contested and contentious narrative. But what is unique in the study of antiblack racism and anti-Semitism is the degree to which both groups expose both the limits of liberalism and deep possibilities of democracy through their traditions of social justice and liberation. To this end, the birth of a robust democracy is only possible if we return to the grand narrative both groups claim for emancipatory purposes – the Exodus story – to re-imagine freedom, justice, and liberation in a world increasingly consumed by pandemics, hatred, and nationalisms.
Terrence L. Johnson, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Religion and Politics in the Department of Government at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a Senior Research Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs.
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