A Letter From The Publisher, Apr. 21, 1958

PERHAPS the touchiest and most taboo-ridden major problem facing big-city governments in the U.S. is the high crime rate among Negroes. Probing into the subject, TIME correspondents found city politicians evasive, police officials wary, Negro leaders defensive. But as the facts piled up, it was plain that the curtain of evasion conceals a social illness of disturbing scope. For a report on the problem and its causes, see NATIONAL AFFAIRS, The Negro Crime Rate: A Failure in Integration.

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