INTEGRATION FOREVER?

A NEW GENERATION OF AFRICAN AMERICANS QUESTIONS THE BEDROCK BELIEFS OF AN AGING N.A.A.C.P.

African Americans have been debating the merits of separatism vs. integration for a hundred years, since W.E.B. Du Bois took Booker T. Washington to task for saying that the races could best work together apart, like the fingers on a hand. The argument flares and dampens but never dies. So what's surprising is not that it's flaring up again but that it's flaring up in the N.A.A.C.P., where integration has been the defining principle since the organization was founded by blacks and whites in 1909.

For the N.A.A.C.P. to revise its stance on integration is as likely as, say, the Sierra...

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