Kevin M. Kruse @KevinMKruse Historian. Author/editor of White Flight; The New Suburban History; Spaces of the Modern City; Fog of War; One Nation Under God; Fault Lines. Apr. 09, 2019 1 min read

There weren't a lot of them, but for the record, yes, there *were* Jewish segregationists and white supremacists in the civil rights era.

For instance, here's a piece Clive Webb did on Charles Bloch, a leader in Georgia's version of the Citizens Council:  https://www.jstor.org/stable/40584146?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents 

Likewise, as David Chappell noted in this piece, Robert Patterson of the Mississippi-based Citizens Council noted that they had Jewish members in their group as well:  https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/40583696.pdf?ab_segments=0%2Fdefault-2%2Fcontrol&refreqid=search%3Aa4195dd17e982f68ced29291a79b2eaa 

As I noted in White Flight, one of the restaurants that waged the fiercest resistance to the student sit-ins in Atlanta was Leb's diner, run by Jewish immigrant Charlie Lebedin.

Now, these figures were certainly not representative of how southern Jews took sides in the civil rights era. To be sure, many more sided with civil rights activists.

But they show that it *was* actually possible for individual Jews to make common cause with white supremacists.


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