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Davis defended his choice of Judaism by arguing that it amplified his commitment to African American civil rights, a bridge between authentic faith and political convictions. He explained that when he became a Jew he found the faith that best expressed the self he already had and the experiences he had lived: “I have always been a Jew in my thinking.” In a way that white converts to Judaism never had to, he developed an explanation of the inherent harmony among his racial, ethnic, and religious identities.

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