Race Prejudice and Discrimination: Readings in Intergroup Relations in the United States

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gandist will endeavor to create an anti-American Slavic bloc. All of these have failed in the past--and will fail in the future. But then, all of these are white races. There is no handle by which a separatist movement can be energized. The United States has no white minorities.

But with a race bloc, it could be different. This is not to suggest that the non-white races in the United States have any inclination to disloyalty: the contrary has been overwhelmingly proved. But to insist upon undivided loyalty to the United States at the same time that the white population refuses the corresponding duty of recognition, equality and acceptance, sets up an intolerable strain. It must be assumed that this strain will be exploited to the limit if the United States is ever tested by another world war. Perhaps it is not too much to say that the sadist luxury of race discrimination is the greatest single strategic threat to the politico-military safety of the country. . . .


2. Three Centuries of Discrimination Against the
Negro *

W. E. Burghardt Du Bois

[The selection from W. E. Burghardt Du Bois is a brief summary of a statement on the mistreatment of Negroes in the United States over a period of three centuries. The summary was formally presented to M. Henri Laugier of the United Nations Secretariat as a means of protesting to the highest international body against the practices of one of its constituent members. Now past the age of eighty, the author has seen service as a university professor, author, editor, director of protest organizations, and representative to international conferences. The United States delegation to the U.N. was disconcerted by the Du Bois' presentation and successfully kept it from the agenda, but the governments of at least ten nations asked for copies to read, and no one disputed the facts. Along with the statement by Du Bois went five other factual chapters written by other leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). These six were thus speaking not only for themselves but also for the four hundred thousand members of their organization (both white and Negro) and the many other Americans whose sympathies lie with the goals and activities of the NAACP. Here is a dramatic document, a

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*
From "Three Centuries of Discrimination," a condensed version of the introduction to "A Statement on the Denial of Human Rights to Minorities in the Case of Citizens of Negro Descent in the United States of America and an Appeal to the United Nations for Redress," The Crisis, 54( December, 1947), 262-4, 379-80. Copyright 1947 by The Crisis. Reprinted by permission of The Crisis.

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