THE RACES: One Step Forward . . .

Something is dismally wrong with an America in which a white prostitute can buy a house where a black businessman can't.

—The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh

The chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights only put into epigram what frustrated black leaders have been saying for years: American suburbs are still posted with FOR WHITE ONLY signs. The immediate case in point is Black Jack, Mo. (pop. 3,900), a pleasant, middle-class suburb of St. Louis. The community was incorporated primarily to pass zoning laws, which would have blocked a federally funded low-income housing project (TIME, April 26). Despite Black Jack officials'...

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