As I said in the OD comments, there’s no shortage of discussion of the Jewish Question in Thomas Sugrue’s Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North.
“Even more influential than their local activism was that sociologists and psychologists consulted for foundations, religious groups, and civil rights organizations and wrote articles to distill their findings for the general public.
The National Conference of Christians and Jews, the National Council of Churches, the National Association of Intergroup Relations Officials, the American Friends Service Committee, and the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith all underwrote scholarship on prejudice and published pamphlets that popularized it. Liberal foundations, perhaps none more important than the Fund for the Republic, also subsidized work on discrimination. In a climate where social scientists were rewarded for serving as public intellectuals, they felt no stigma in distilling their findings in popular periodicals, with hopes of undermining racial prejudice. They cooperated with journalists who disseminated their findings to the wider public. In all these forms, social science made its way into general circulation.”
There’s also no doubt that there was a Jewish war against “racial prejudice” in the postwar years and that this played a significant role – through the popularization of these concepts in Northern middlebrow news magazines – in the shift in White Northern racial attitudes between the Second World War and 1964.
“The open housing movement fused liberal religion and social science. Christian and Jewish antidiscrimination organizations popularized and disseminated social scientific findings about race and prejudice, fusing morality and psychology. By the 1940s, liberal theologians were making peace with psychology, in part because of its emphasis on the power of personal transformation.”
Jews were very active in the Northern “open housing movement.” Sugrue spends almost an entire chapter discussing Morris Milgrim’s work as a pioneer of interracial housing and his fight to integrate Levittowns in New York and Pennsylvania.
“Jewish organizations funded the lion’s share of intergroup advocacy work in the postwar years. The American Jewish Committee conducted and disseminated research on “the basic nature of prejudice as a social and individual maladjustment”; the American Jewish Congress joined challenges against housing segregation. …”
As one might expect, Jewish activists worked through a coalition of groups to advance their agenda. In particular, they worked closely with the National Council of Churches and liberal Protestant organizations and newspapers to popularize anti-racism.Follow Hunter Wallace on Gab, VK, Facebook and Twitter.