Mckissick Says There is ‘enormous Residue’ of Goodwill Among Negroes for Jews

The national director of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) denied yesterday that his organization was anti-Semitic and said there was “an enormous residue of good-will in the Negro community for the Jews.” Floyd McKissick charged that “the interests of white racists” were served by Negro-Jewish hostility.

Addressing a seminar sponsored by the New York Federation of Reform Synagogues, an arm of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Mr. McKissick said that any anti-Jewish feeling expressed in the Negro community had been mainly against “Jewish installment merchants, slumlords and the like.” This, he said, was a protest against exploitation of Negroes by individuals rather than against the Jewish community as a whole.