“Some wounds go so deep that you don’t even feel them until months, maybe years, later.
An African-American and a widely acknowledged hero of the civil rights movement, Mr. Young had resigned his post in August 1979 after meeting with a representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization — a move that many American Jews saw as a profound betrayal. As a result, some black leaders publicly blamed Jews for his resignation.
After his essay was published, Mr. Lester later wrote, an academic colleague asked him,
“Don’t you care what black people think of you?”
“I did,” he wrote, “but
not to the extent that I would give them power over my soul.”
Julius Lester, 1939-2018, writer, source: Chronicler of Black America