Nation: NIXON, THE NEGRO AND THE BUDGET

DURING the campaign it was obvious enough, and the standard joke of reporters covering Nixon crowds was: "Five dollars for the first Negro." In November it was even clearer; fewer than 15% of the nation's black voters cast their ballots for the Republican ticket. It is doubtful that the figure would be much higher today.

After three months in office, the Nixon Administration cannot claim much success in gaining the confidence of the nation's 23 million Negroes or that of other minorities with similar problems. "I really don't think Mr. Nixon is sensitive to the problems of black people and poor people,"...

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