The More Perfect Union: A Program for the Control of Inter-Group Discrimination in the United States

The More Perfect Union: A Program for the Control of Inter-Group Discrimination in the United States

The More Perfect Union: A Program for the Control of Inter-Group Discrimination in the United States

The More Perfect Union: A Program for the Control of Inter-Group Discrimination in the United States

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MANY HISTORICAL FORCES combine to make the relation of group to group the central issue of modern society. This issue takes different forms in different lands, but it besets them all. And in a special way it challenges the United States of America. Our people are mostly unaware of the nature of the challenge. They are mostly unaware of the threat to the integrity of this nation that lies in the existing relations of its groups. They do not perceive that its unity, its well- being, its creed, and its historical tradition are together menaced.

Mankind has made great advances toward the solution of many of its ancient problems. But this problem is not only unsolved, it has become greatly aggravated. The aggravation has come in the train of technological and social change. The different group--ethnic groups and culture groups and interest groups--becoming more mobile, coming more into contact with one another and at more points, find far more occasion for clashes than in the simpler, more insulated, and more communized life of earlier days.

In our time groups and interests are more together and yet more apart. More together because the world has narrowed while interests have expanded, because every considerable community is now composite, multigroup; more . . .

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