Modern Living: The Daily Irritations

A black man in America has serious and sometimes tragic problems. But he is also subject to seemingly minor irritations that crop up innumerable times during the ordinary business of getting through a day. They are all consequences of the basic trouble—his inequality. They sound petty, says a black businessman, "but a toothache is petty too. When you live with a toothache year in and year out, it adds up. And what it adds up to is not petty."

Even the black whose earning power has put him, theoretically at least, into the financial...

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