Anti-defamation League Charges Core Representative with Anti-semitism

The New York City Commission on Human Rights has been asked by the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith to investigate “blatant and vicious anti-Semitic outbursts and racist behavior” involving the Congress of Racial Equality in four school controversies in Negro sections of the city. The commission said it was “evaluating” the complaints.

One of the statements filed by the ADL with the commission asserted that a Brooklyn CORE representative said at a meeting last month with school officials: “We have got to get these Jews out of Bedford-Stuyvesant. It’s the Jews who are to blame.” Bedford-Stuyvesant is a slum area in Brooklyn. The ADL also charged that when white teachers tried to enter Public School 40 in Queens during a recent demonstration, one of the demonstrators shouted “Why don’t you white Jews go back to Great Neck,” a well-to-do suburb of New York City.

Brooklyn CORE chapter officials have repeatedly denied the chapter was motivated by anti-Jewish and anti-white feeling. Robert Carson, community relations director of Brooklyn CORE, said the chapter would welcome an official inquiry into the issue. Mr. Carson asserted that if the commission investigated both the ADL and CORE complaints “we are sure that the commission will conclude that those principals and certain teachers have conspired to miseducate the black and Puerto Rican children and are hurling charges of anti-Semitism to hide this fact.”

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