Journey Through Two Americas

EVERYWHERE in the U.S. black and white perceptions of each other are distorted by fear and ignorance and resentment. Yet the pattern varies with the setting. To explore the nuances of black-white relations against different backgrounds, TIME Correspondents Jess Cook and Paul Hathaway toured a fast-changing area of a Northeastern city, a Deep South county with a heavy black majority, and a middle-sized bastion of Middle America.

Cook, who is white, talked to white Americans and found terror in a section of Boston, fatalistic self-pity in Alabama, smug indifference in Wichita. Of course...

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