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ERIC Number: ED012727
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 25
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COMMUNITY AND CLASS REALITIES--THE ORDEAL OF CHANGE.
EDWARDS, G. FRANKLIN
IN CONTRAST WITH THE BASIC SOCIALIZATION PROCESS AND ACCULTURATION OF THE IMMIGRANT, THE NEGRO STILL IS MORALLY AND SOCIALLY ISOLATED FROM SOCIETY. ALTHOUGH CHANGES TOWARD MORE EQUALITY FOR THE NEGRO WILL OCCUR, THEY WILL BE DIFFICULT TO BRING ABOUT. THE GHETTO, WHICH ISOLATES THE NEGRO, PERSISTS BECAUSE OF THE VAST PROFITS THAT WHITE REALTORS DERIVE FROM IT, THE FAILURE OF URBAN RENEWAL PROGRAMS, THE NATURE OF THE HOUSING MARKET FOR MINORITY GROUPS, AND THE DESIRE OF NEGROES FOR GROUP COHESION. THE MAJOR INSTITUTIONAL IMPEDIMENTS TO "RECONCILIATION" ARE THE ATYPICAL STRUCTURAL AND INTERACTIONAL FEATURES OF THE NEGRO FAMILY--THE ONE-SPOUSE HOUSEHOLDS, LOW EDUCATIONAL LEVELS, UNDEREMPLOYMENT, AND POVERTY. THERE IS AMONG NEGROES, HOWEVER, CLASS AND STATUS DIFFERENTIATION, AND SOME ARE BEGINNING TO ACHIEVE MORE MIDDLE-CLASS OCCUPATIONS AND NOW HAVE GREATER OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROFESSIONAL TRAINING. THE FORCES INHIBITING CHANGE ARE OPPOSITION BY WHITES, THE ACCUMULATED DISADVANTAGE SUFFERED BY NEGROES, AND MANY NEGROES' VESTED INTERESTS IN AND AMBIVALENCE ABOUT DESEGREGATION. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT INFLUENCES IN DETERMINING THE PATTERN AND SPEED OF CHANGE ARE THE DECISIONS OF THE FEDERAL COURTS, EXECUTIVE ORDERS, AND LEGISLATION, ALL OF WHICH NOW ENFORCE CIVIL RIGHTS. (NH)
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