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November 12, 1995|CHARLES SOLOMON

BLACKS AND JEWS: Alliances and Arguments edited by Paul Berman (Delta: $12.95; 303 pp.). In this timely collection of essays, various writers examine the increasingly adversarial relationship between the two ethnic groups. Richard Goldstein argues that the riots in Crown Heights benefited only bigots who dislike both Jews and African Americans: "Demagogues high and low still feed on the mythology that clings to Jews and blacks alike. Yet both groups have forgotten their precariousness in the rush to judge each other guilty of oppression." In his effort to reconcile often conflicting claims of discrimination, Henry Louis Gates Jr. quotes Martin Luther King Jr.: "We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly."

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