[Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries, reel 14]

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A group of artists taking part in the Spertus Museum of Judaica's 1994 exhibit "Bridges and Boundaries: Chicago Crossings" discuss where the responsibility lies in addressing the views of Louis Farrakhan and his followers, as well as other related racial issues.

0:13Copy video clip URL Marva Jolly talks about the Farrakhan issue and what she believes to be popular culture’s uninformed take on it.

2:27Copy video clip URL Morrie Fred references the added significance and challenge of the Bridges and Boundaries exhibit show in Chicago, as Chicago is home to the divisive leader of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan.

5:54Copy video clip URL Othello Anderson argues that Farrakhan does not represent the Black community as a whole but merely a segment of the Black community, and as such the problem should not be seen as a Black–Jewish issue but rather a Farrakhan–Anti-Defamation League issue.

6:58Copy video clip URL Jolly argues that the anti-Semitic views expressed by Farrakhan are “not an issue in my house, so don’t come to my neighborhood with that.” She goes on to say, “Let the people who need to deal with denouncing that do it,” to which Gerda Meyer-Bernstein, Edith Altman, and John Rozelle respond that Blacks and Jews cannot move forward until the issue is addressed as a community; as a whole. This discussion continues for awhile, with the artists eventually tying it back to their own artwork.

16:08Copy video clip URL Fred suggests the idea of placing a booth with a video camera in the exhibition in order to gauge responses from the Museum’s patrons before giving the Kartemquin crew an opportunity to speak and answer questions about their project.

 

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