Unfinished Business

A sweeping survey of race relations finds that black progress has stalled because of a stagnant economy and white resistance to equality

White prejudice and discrimination keep the Negro low in standards of living, health, education, manners and morals. This, in its turn, gives support to white prejudice.

-- Gunnar Myrdal, An American Dilemma, 1944

This is our basic conclusion: Our Nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white -- separate and unequal.

-- Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, 1968

The status of black Americans today can be characterized as a glass that is half full -- if measured by progress since 1939 -- or as a glass that is half empty -- if measured by the...

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