RACES: Decade of Progress

"A remarkable development has taken place in America over the last dozen years: for the first time in the history of the republic, truly large and growing numbers of American blacks have been moving into the middle class, so that by now these numbers can reasonably be said to add up to a majority of black Americans—a slender majority, but a majority nevertheless."

That is the provocative thesis of a powerfully argued essay, "Black Progress and Liberal Rhetoric," by Ben Wattenberg and Richard Scammon, that appears in the April issue of Commentary. Presenting...

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