Blacks: Not Following the Leaders

Not Following the Leaders

The Reagan Administration has long contended that black leaders do not represent the views of the black community as a whole. Last week that argument got some support. A poll in Public Opinion magazine, the journal of the American Enterprise Institute, indicated that a majority of blacks do not support liberal prescriptions favored by most of their leaders.

More than three-fourths of the 105 black leaders polled favored affirmative- action preferences in hiring and college admissions; by the same percentage, the survey's 600 black citizens rejected the notion that race should be the main criterion. Leaders heavily favored abortion, busing to...

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