Flashback: As published by the Jewish Telegraph Agency, on March 23, 1965:
Hundreds of Negro freedom marchers today wore yarmulkes (skullcaps), in respectful emulation of rabbis who participated in demonstrations in Alabama as Jewish participation in the march from Selma to Montgomery.
The Alabama Negroes called the yarmulkes “freedom caps.” The demand for yarmulkes was so great that an order has been wired for delivery of 1,000 when the marchers arrive in Montgomery later this week for a great demonstration at the state capitol.
The adoption of the yarmulke as a symbol began some time ago when rabbis joining prayer services in a Negro church were asked the meaning of the yarmulke. An explanation was given by a rabbi that one’s head must be covered in the presence of the Lord. The Negro response was that “wherever the freedom movement is, God is to be found there.” While not assuming the Jewish faith, many Negroes adopted the yarmulke as a symbol of their movement.
Dr. Abraham Heschel, of the Jewish Theological Seminary, was asked by the Rev. Martin Luther King to take a position of honor at the head of the marchers. He walked with Dr. Ralph Bunche, Under secretary of the United Nations, and the 82-year-old grandfather of a Negro youth slain recently by Alabam [sic] police. The rabbi completed the day’s march despite the distance.
Rabbis jailed by Selma police during the weekend for participating in demonstrations conducted Friday evening services in the Selmar Jail, it was learned. Five rabbis recited Hebrow prayers behind prison bars. They have since been released on bond. An estimated 10 to 12 rabbis took part in the march which began yesterday.
Brant Coopersmith, Washington, D.C., director of the American Jewish Committee, was in Selma with instructions from his organization to assist the demonstrators in any way possible. An expert in community relations and human rights projects, Mr. Coopersmith is helping to facilitate the aims of the demonstration. Benjamin R. Epstein, national director of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, led a contingent of ADL officials in the march.
From various cities, Jewish community leaders came to Selma, among them Mr. and Mrs. Don G. Lebby, representing the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, Ohio. A considerable number of the white youths who came to Alabama to join the march, affiliated with such groups as the Students Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and the Congress of Racial Equality, were of Jewish faith.
(Rabbi Maurice N. Eisendrath, president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, said in New York today that he will join other Reform rabbis and laymen from all parts of the country participating in the march from Selma to Montgomery. At the same time he called upon the 660 member synagogues of the UAHC to “launch a vigorous educational program to rally public sentiment for the strongest and most effective voting registration bill.”)
The Civil Rights movement was largely financed and coordinated by Jews, many of whom were intimately involved in the Communist Party USA, such as Stanley Levison who wrote many of Martin Luther King’s “inspiring” speeches for him. The NAACP was founded and financed by Jews, who comprised most of its leadership until well after the Civil Rights movement was long past. There were so many Jews at these peace rallies that it would be hard for even Blacks not to notice the “ethnic” flavor of the events.
But Jews didn’t support civil rights for Blacks out of the kindness of their hearts, although that’s probably what they’d like you to believe. When Jews demanded Black civil rights, they were actually promoting their own rights as an ethnic minority in America, and as long as Blacks had the right to agitate, so would the Jews. Why are all the so-called civil rights groups, like the SPLC, ACLU, Amnesty International, and the Urban League so overrun with Jews? It’s almost as if the Jews don’t trust the Blacks to do any of this organizing themselves. And Blacks won’t bite the yarmulke that feeds them.