Get this from a library! Yet very few cities have really faced up to this problem and tried to do something about it. The implications of true racial integration are more than just national in scope. The same problems are to be found in the areas of rent supplement and low-income housing. Americans who genuinely treasure our national ideals, who know they are still elusive dreams for all too many, should welcome the stirring of Negro demands. Nor will a few token changes quell all the tempestuous yearnings of millions of disadvantaged black people. A Negro who has finished high school often watches his white classmates go out into the job market and earn $100 a week, while he, because he is black, is expected to work for $40 a week. The election of Negro mayors, such as Hatcher, in some of the nation’s larger cities has also had a tremendous psychological impact upon the Negro. ), Ways to get involved in the 2020 Election. All-black organizations are a reflection of that alienation—but they are only a contemporary way station on the road to freedom. In indicting white America for its ingrained and tenacious racism, I am using the term “white” to describe the majority, not all who are white. We have found that there are many white people who clearly perceive the justice of the Negro struggle for human dignity. Black men in positions of power in the business world would not be so unconscionable as to trade or traffic with the Union of South Africa, nor would they be so insensitive to the problems and needs of Latin America that they would continue the patterns of American exploitation that now prevail there. A Testament of Hope contains Martin Luther King, Jr.'s essential thoughts on nonviolence, social policy, integration, black nationalism, the ethics of love and hope, and more. Jesus of Nazareth wrote no books; he owned no property to endow him with influence. They don’t really respect anyone who is not white. 15, Rom. It is a moral fortitude that has been forged by centuries of oppression. We will see more Negro mayors in major cities in the next ten years, but this is not the ultimate answer. LibraryThing Review User Review - texascheeseman - LibraryThing. Cookies helfen uns dabei, das Benutzererlebnis zu verbessern. They have been fed on a false mythology and tradition that blinds them to the aspirations and talents of other men. On these grounds, I must indict the Johnson Administration. Inevitably, feeling of white paternalism and black inferiority became exaggerated. Although American Negroes could, if they were in decision-making positions, give aid and encouragement to the underprivileged and disenfranchised people in other lands, I don’t think it can work the other way around. The Negroes who rebelled against white liberals were trying to assert their own equality and to cast off the mantle of paternalism. Hosted by Paragon Data GmbH. ©2020 H. Hugendubel GmbH & Co. KG | Abteilung Fachinformationen. The Negro today cannot escape from his ghetto in the way that Irish, Italian, Jewish and Polish immigrants escaped from their ghettos 50 years ago. Children’s Hope and the GHS office. But, I repeat, the recent curative steps that have been taken are, at best, inadequate. The President’s Riot Commission recommended that funds for summer programs aimed at young Negroes should be increased. There is utterly no reason Addonizio should be the mayor of Newark, with the Negro majority that exists in that city. The same is true of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which provides for Federal referees to monitor the registration of voters in counties where Negroes have systematically been denied the right to vote. The price of progress would have been high enough at the best of times, but we are in an agonizing national crisis because a complex of profound problems has intersected in an explosive mixture. Martin Luther King Jr. published in. But there is no single answer to the plight of the American Negro. Today’s dissenters tell the complacent majority that the time has come when further evasion of social responsibility in a turbulent world will court disaster and death. The book consists of 57 selections from King's books, essays,sermons, speeches, and interviews, all of which work to give a broad picture of the thinking and accomplishments of this great American civil rights leader. But for the Negro GI, military service still represents a means of escape from the oppressive ghettos of the rural South and the urban North. It shines in the long tradition of American ideals that began with courageous minutemen in New England, that continued in the Abolitionist movement, that re-emerged in the Populist revolt and, decades later, that burst fourth to elect Franklin Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. Our police forces simply must develop an attitude of courtesy and respect for the ordinary citizen. The confrontation involves not only their morality but their self-interest, and that combination promises to evoke positive action. The problem is so tenacious because, despite its virtues and attributes, America is deeply racist and its democracy is flawed both economically and socially. Top Tag’s. They know that life in the city ghetto of life in the rural South almost certainly means jail or death or humiliation. The power and moral corruption of these Senators remain unchallenged, despite the weapon for change the legislation promised to be. This may seem like a lot of money and, to most of us, it is; but the point is that this young man’s background and abilities would, if his skin color were different, entitle him to an income many times that amount. Justice so long deferred has accumulated interest and its cost for this society will be substantial in financial as well as human terms.