Black/Brown/White Relations: Race Relations in the 1970s

By Charles V. Willie | Go to book overview

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A National Population Policy
and the Fear of Racial Genocide *

Charles V. Willie

Some people in the black community are deeply suspicious of any family-planning program initiated by whites. Whites probably have heard about but not taken seriously the call by some male-dominated black militant groups for black females to eschew the use of contraceptives because they are pushed in the black community as "a method of exterminating black people." While black females often take a different view about contraceptives than their male militant companions, they are also concerned about the possibility of black genocide in America.

The genocidal charge is neither "absurd" nor "hollow," as some whites have contended.It is also not limited to residents of the ghetto, whether they are young black militants or middle-aged black moderates. Indeed, my own studies of black students at white colleges indicate that young educated blacks fear black genocide, too (11).

This statement from a black female student is representative of the thinking of so many other blacks. She said: "The institutions in society are so strong.The C.I.A. is everywhere.I believe that America desires to perpetuate concentration camps for political

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This is a revised version of a paper presented before the Commission on Population Growth and the American Future, Washington, U.C., 13 April 1971.

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