Detroit: A Victory for Reason

Two years ago, when the city erupted in five days of violent race rioting, Detroit discovered the fearful force that is coiled in ghetto despair. Last week Black Power flexed again in Detroit, encouragingly, this time at the ballot box. With solid inner-city support, Wayne County's auditor, Richard Austin, 56, became the first black in Detroit's history to win a place in the runoff for mayor.

Austin won his shot at city hall with an impressive victory in the nonpartisan primary. He was first in a field of 29 with 124,941 votes, roughly 38% of the total ballots cast. The runner-up,...

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