Mourning an old friend, William L. Taylor

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Kudos to Colbert I. King ["From a worthy alliance, a civil rights champion," op-ed, July 3] for recognizing the leadership of William L. Taylor in the civil rights movement and the vital role of the black-Jewish alliance in the success of that movement. Along with Mr. King, I mourn the passing of my old friend, Bill, with whom I worked at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in the '60s. I also mourn the passing of that wonderful alliance of which, like Bill, I was a proud member.

Black-Jewish relations have been poisoned by the ravings of such bigots as Louis Farrakhan. Those relations and that old alliance might be revitalized if President Obama used his unique position to openly denounce the Rev. Farrakhan and his allies, such as Mr. Obama's former preacher, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Arnold S. Trebach, Chevy Chase

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