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Confronting Hate Chronicles the Virus of Prejudice

The Fordham exhibition spotlights centuries of hierarchical structures designed to dehumanize Black and Jewish people and question their right to be equal citizens.



Louis Golding, The Jewish Problem (London: Penguin Books, 1938), Rosenblatt Holocaust Collection, Walsh Library, Fordham University, Judaica 1938 (all images courtesy O’Hare Special Collections, Fordham University)


When, around the turn of the 20th century, a reader scribbled “No” beside the title “Is the Negro a Beast?” — William G. Schell’s rebuttal to Chas Carroll’s “The Negro A Beast?” (1900) — the reader couldn’t have predicted that the note would figure into the annals of scholarly inquiry. But it has. That response, written in ink on a yellowed page, is included in the exhibition Confronting Hate: Antisemitism, Racism, and the Resistance at O’Hare Special Collections in Fordham University’s Walsh Library in the Bronx. The show spotlights centuries of hierarchical structures designed to dehumanize Black and Jewish people and question their right to be considered as equal citizens.



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