The Press: Coping with the New Reality

The gap between black income and white income is widening anew. Black unemployment remains double the rate for whites. Most black children still attend largely black schools. But there is no rioting in the streets, the ghettos are not aflame, and, except where busing is an explosive issue, one of the most contentious and compelling stories of the last decade has faded from U.S. front pages. Writes New York Times Editorialist Roger Wilkins in the May issue of Esquire: "When the traumatic upheavals of the Sixties ended, it was easy for whites to...

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