Blacks vs. The Jews! Race War!! Race War!!!

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So somehow during that great discussion yesterday, I forgot to mention that I'll actually be addressing some of these some issues with a bunch of folks more distinguished, more intelligent, and generally more mannered than myself. It's going down May 28th at the National Jewish Student Journalism Conference here in New York. It will be me, Ari Berman, and Sam Freedman. If media reports are to be trusted, we should come to blows about five minutes in. Yeah I know I'm outnumbered and outgunned, but in the words of Obama, I'm wiry. Don't test me now.

Seriously, it should be a great discussion. Details are as follows:

Wednesday, May 28

7:00              Blacks, Jews and the Post-Racial Candidate*

Barack Obama's candidacy has drawn criticism from certain segments of the Jewish community.  In this panel, three leading journalists discuss this phenomenon and what it says about the state of the relationship between African Americans and Jews.
Panelists: Ari Berman (The Nation), Ta-Nehisi Coates (Village Voice and The Atlantic Monthly) and Sam Freedman (Professor of Journalism, Columbia University and New York Times columnist).
*Event will be held at the Center for Jewish History.  Open to public. Dessert reception to follow.
$10, general admission. $5, students and CJH members. FREE, conference participants.

UPDATE: You can get your tickets here.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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