Letters: Nov. 4, 1966

Between Aspirations & Reality

Sir: That was an interesting and perceptive Essay on Negro achievements and aspirations [Oct. 28].

You correctly identify Negro violence and cries of "Black power" as potentially the most destructive phenomena on the civil rights scene. What must be added, however, is that, in the civil rights movement, as in other revolutionary movements, the narrower the gap between aspirations and reality becomes, the greater the frustration and anger over the remaining obstacles tend to be. We would be expecting something more than human from the Negro were we to demand...

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