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Blacks, Unions, & Organizing in the South, 1956-1996

A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY

Compiled by Rudolph Lewis

 

 

Who Wants Integration?

 

Why Do Negroes Want Integration?

By Charles L. Allen

Atlanta Constitution

(January 2, 1957)

 

            The past two days I have listed reasons why some white people insist on segregation. From my mail and observation I find there are some Negroes who insist on integration. Why do they want integration? I am sure I do not have the full answer and perhaps some of my readers will give me further lights. But it seems to me they want integration because:

            (1) They resent the restrictions that segregation imposes on them. A Negro bishop illustrated it thusly: A baby will sit on your lap happily. But if you place your hand on its head and hold it firmly, the baby immediately will begin to struggle to get free. It isn't that the baby expects to go anywhere; it justs doesn't want to be held down.

            Negroes have written me they prefer to live in Negro communities, but do not like to be told they cannot live elsewhere if they so desired; that they prefer their own churches and schools but do not like to be barred from other churches and schools merely because of their race; that they prefer their own social functions but do not want to be told they are not welcome in any society. If given the freedom of choice they would still choose their own people, but they do not want the freedom to choose.

            (2) Some Negroes want integration because they have not fared too well under segregation. They feel that jobs should be filled on a basis of ability, training, willingness to work, etc., and not on the basis of race. That 'separate but equal facilities' is more talk than truth and that their educational, economic and cultural opportunities are grossly unequal. They do not think it right for one of their children to be forced to leave the state of its birth in order to study medicine, law and make other preparations for life. They feel that if two people pay the same fare for a bus ride, then they ought to have the same right to sit where they desire in the bus. Under segregation they feel their race has been forced to live in the poorest houses, standing back until the white people have taken the best.

            (3) Some Negroes oppose segregation because they believe it presupposes inferiority and they strongly believe they are not inferior. That given equal opportunities in an integrated society, they will be equal to the white man in every respect.

            (4) Contrasted to the above, and this will cause argument, some Negroes want integration because they do feel the black man is inferior and they want to escape from their own race.

            But whatever the reasons for and/or against either segregation or integration, we will never solve this--the greatest social problem of our time--except in an atmosphere of good will, calm reasoning, a willingness on the part of each race to understand and sympathize with the other, and above all, without the grace of God in our hearts.

            Tomorrow we will look at reasons why some white people want integration.

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Super Rich: A Guide to Having it All

By Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons knows firsthand that wealth is rooted in much more than the stock  market. True wealth has more to do with what's in your heart than what's in your wallet. Using this knowledge, Simmons became one of America's shrewdest entrepreneurs, achieving a level of success that most investors only dream about. No matter how much material gain he accumulated, he never stopped lending a hand to those less fortunate. In Super Rich, Simmons uses his rare blend of spiritual savvy and street-smart wisdom to offer a new definition of wealth-and share timeless principles for developing an unshakable sense of self that can weather any financial storm. As Simmons says, "Happy can make you money, but money can't make you happy."

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The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

By Michele Alexander

Contrary to the rosy picture of race embodied in Barack Obama's political success and Oprah Winfrey's financial success, legal scholar Alexander argues vigorously and persuasively that [w]e have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration as a system of social control (More African Americans are under correctional control today... than were enslaved in 1850). Alexander reviews American racial history from the colonies to the Clinton administration, delineating its transformation into the war on drugs. She offers an acute analysis of the effect of this mass incarceration upon former inmates who will be discriminated against, legally, for the rest of their lives, denied employment, housing, education, and public benefits. Most provocatively, she reveals how both the move toward colorblindness and affirmative action may blur our vision of injustice: most Americans know and don't know the truth about mass incarceration—but her carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable book should change that.—Publishers Weekly

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The White Masters of the World

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W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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