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In a e-book destined to turn into a vintage, Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom current very important new information regarding the confident alterations which have been accomplished and the measurable development within the lives of nearly all of African-Americans. helping their conclusions with facts on schooling, gains, and housing, they argue that the belief of significant racial divisions during this state is outmoded -- and hazardous.
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The contrast between the two regions was real, but not as stark as some have made it out to be. In the North, the pervasive threat of white violence that defined southern black lives was absent. But discrimination in the labor market and elsewhere was rampant. In Chapter 3 we turn to the impact of World War II on the status of African Americans—the major social, economic, and demographic changes that occurred in the 1940s and 1950s. Once again, in large numbers blacks boarded trains and buses for northern cities where the money was (relatively) good; in the war and immediate postwar years, black earnings rose dramatically—more dramatically than they have in any subsequent two decades.
Gloom becomes a dangerous, self-fulfilling prophecy. In fact, both deep pessimism and complacent optimism seem to us unwarranted. America in Black and White has generated considerable controversy. Unfortunately much of that controversy results from a misrepresentation of what we say. ”3 That is not what we believe, nor is it what we said. America remains a very color-conscious society, and true racial equality is a dream. There has been much progress, and there is still much to do. , to know that racial isolation is not a thing of the past.
The third section is devoted to public policy and the changing racial climate. It’s indisputably different to be black than white in America; race does matter. But how should Congress, federal agencies, courts, school boards, and others engaged in shaping our public life respond to the continuing importance of race? We trace the evolution of that response over the last thirty-five years and weigh the costs and benefits of race-conscious legislative districting, busing to integrate public schools, set-asides that reserve public dollars for minority-owned firms, affirmative action in university admissions, and related policies.