"i love ralph bunche, but i
can't eat him for lunch" *
WITH the publication of the President's Commission on Civil Disorders (the Kerner Report), the beginnings of a blueprint for ghetto control emerged. The report identifies the problem as "white racism," and urges businessmen to take a direct hand in counteracting this racism, loosely and conveniently defined as an attitude of their employees, not of businessmen themselves. The report encourages white businessmen to increase job opportunities—compensatory hiring, not just equal opportunity hiring—and develop the investment climate in the black ghetto, either for themselves or, if the current mood of the black community prevails, for black entrepreneurs. The Kerner Report did not advance anything that had not been talked about for some time: more jobs through "positive recruitment," revision of entrance requirements for jobs, advanced training, college entrance, etc., and investment in urban areas. The Report did, however, provide the early formulation of an ideological synthesis that charts the course to be taken. To understand the significance of the new strategy, it is important to understand the black challenge to corporate America.
So long as there have been black people in America they have posed a challenge to the institutions and the ideology that have made America a distinctive country. America's response to the challenge of whether____________________