White on Black: The Views of Twenty-Two White Americans on the Negro

White on Black: The Views of Twenty-Two White Americans on the Negro

White on Black: The Views of Twenty-Two White Americans on the Negro

White on Black: The Views of Twenty-Two White Americans on the Negro

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Over the past twenty years a revolution has occurred in the area of race relations in the United States. The entire frame of reference--the ideas, ideals, concepts and practices that even the most liberal white person accepted as a workable mold for Negroes and whiteshas been altered. Some of the changes have been subtle, the kind that might be overlooked unless seen in perspective. Others have been bold and dramatic, impossible to ignore. The purpose of this volume is to provide a resumé of some of the thinking of the past two decades, as it touched on various aspects of the whiteblack theme.

Those whose essays appear here are all white Americans of considerable achievement. Their locales range from the rock-ribbed North to the deep-core South. One was born in London, another reared in China. Their occupations vary from a First Lady of the Land to the last of the Red Hot Mamas. Not all of them think alike about the race question nor will all readers agree with their thinking, for there are expressions of innate and ofttimes unconscious prejudices against the Negro, as well as caution to "go slow," "get ready," and "these things take time."

In this sense the articles that appear in this volume have the quality of history and in some degree the documentary feeling of a newsreel, for no matter what has happened since their opinions were expressed, for . . .

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