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Political Concerns of Blacks and Jews

May 26, 1988

Jackson comes into town, meets with a group of local Jews, and a major concern of the latter is then Jackson's past use of "hymietown." This preoccupation strikes me as comparable in absurdity to, let's say, a meeting of the board of directors of the White Star Line in late April of 1912 to criticize the cornetist for playing out of tune as the Titanic sank.

Possibly there are somewhat more meaningful issues to engage the attention of these local groups, such as providing an occasional louder voice unambiguously critical of the daily one-sided carnage inflicted on Palestinians in the Israeli occupied territories, or aiding (former Israeli Prime Minister) Shimon Peres' peace efforts.

BRUNO W. ANGENSTEIN

Pacific Palisades

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