Why They Couldn't Wait
A Critique of the Black-Jewish Conflict Over Community Control in Ocean-Hill Brownsville, 1967-1971
Examining the infamous conflict between a predominantly black community and a predominantly Jewish teachers' union, Gordon takes a new look at this historically rich and racially diverse community.
Jane Anna Gordon is a William Penn doctoral fellow in Political Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. She formerly worked as a researcher at the Institute for Elementary and Secondary Education at Brown University. She is a licensed secondary school teacher.
"WHY THEY COULDN'T WAIT sympathetically chronicles a complex chapter in the struggle for racial equality. It serves as an important corrective to the mostly hostile mainstream accounts, and usefully recalls that many (if still too few) Jews joined in solidarity with the beleaguered Oceanhill-Brownsville commuity." -- Norman G. Finkelstein, author of THE HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY