In Trouble With Blacks

Trying to cut his losses, Reagan looks for votes elsewhere

Ever since he was Governor of California, Ronald Reagan has had to fend off charges that he is insensitive to black concerns. In 1980 his problems with blacks were evident at the polls: he captured only about 9% of their vote. Events last week put him on the defensive again and revived talk that Reagan strategists have written off the black vote in 1984. First, in an embarrassing rebuff to the Administration, the Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 that racially discriminatory private schools are ineligible for federal tax-exempt status. Then, the...

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