Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America by Kenneth L. MarcusJewish Identity and Civil Rights in America by Kenneth L. Marcus

Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America

byKenneth L. Marcus

Paperback | August 30, 2010

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What does it mean to be Jewish? This ancient question has become a pressing civil rights controversy. Despite a recent resurgence of anti-Semitic incidents on American college campuses, the U.S. Department of Education's powerful Office for Civil Rights has been unable to protect Jewish students. This failure has been a problem not of execution but of conceptualization. The OCR has been unable to address anti-Jewish harassment because it lacks a coherent conception of either Jewish identity or anti-Jewish hatred. Given jurisdiction over race and national origin but not religion, federal agents have had to determine whether Jewish Americans constitute a race or national origin group. They have been unable to do so. This has led to enforcement paralysis, as well as explosive internal confrontations and recriminations within the federal government. This book examines the legal and policy issues behind the ambiguity involved with civil rights protections for Jewish students. Written by a former senior government official, this book reveals the extent of this problem and presents a workable legal solution.
Title:Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in AmericaFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:224 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.47 inShipping dimensions:8.98 × 5.98 × 0.47 inPublished:August 30, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521127459

ISBN - 13:9780521127455

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Table of Contents

1. The dilemma of Jewish difference; 2. The Jewish question in civil rights enforcement; 3. The nature of the new campus anti-Semitism; 4. Criticisms; 5. First Amendment issues; 6. Misunderstanding Jews and Jew-hatred; 7. Institutional resistance; 8. The originalist approach; 9. Scientific theories; 10. Social perception; 11. The subjective approach; 12. Anti-Semitism as harm to racial identity.

Editorial Reviews

"Ken Marcus has written a seminal work on Jews and racial identity, distilling the major arguments surrounding the federal government's decision not to investigate allegations of anti-Semitism on American colleges and universities. Leveraging his own experience as the former OCR director, Marcus critiques his colleagues in government and offers important new analyses that can correct a continuing injustice." - Marc Dollinger Richard & Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social ResponsibilitySan Francisco State University