The Ghetto Game: Racial Conflicts in the City

The Ghetto Game: Racial Conflicts in the City

The Ghetto Game: Racial Conflicts in the City

The Ghetto Game: Racial Conflicts in the City

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IN THE COMING YEARS the United States will be reshaping its national life into social patterns dominated by the metropolis. The city of the atomic age with its strategic core, immense production and transportation systems, and its suburban hinterlands will in the future be the central feature of our national social life. It is calculated that by 1975 one hundred forty million people, or two thirds of the nation, will live in the major metropolitan areas alone, with much of the remaining population living in smaller cities. In these metropolitan centers, where technology and population growth combine to produce a way of life novel in history, Americans will confront the social problems of a mass society in a new context. In this environment of the huge and exciting technical city, our citizens will again face the historic problem of racism, whose menacing shadow has stalked our democracy throughout the life of the American republic.

Racial difficulties have plagued our nation as a tragic doubt corrodes a great hope. The problems of racial discrimination and segregation have persisted despite the upheavals of war and the changes brought by tremendous social progress, as the panorama of our country's life changed from immigrant to native . . .

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