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ERIC Number: ED013274
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 24
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Reference Count: 0
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WHITE ATTITUDES TOWARD THE NEGRO.
SHEATSLEY, PAUL B.
REVIEWED ARE THE TRENDS DURING THE PAST GENERATION IN THE CHANGES OF WHITE ATTITUDES TOWARD SCHOOL INTEGRATION, RESIDENTIAL INTEGRATION, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION INTEGRATION, NEGRO EDUCABILITY, EQUAL EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS, AND THE NEGRO PROTEST MOVEMENT. THE ANALYSIS OF THESE TRENDS IS BASED ON THE FINDINGS OF PUBLIC OPINION RESEARCH POLLS. IN GENERAL WITHIN THE PAST TWO DECADES THERE HAS BEEN A CONSISTENT SHIFT IN BOTH THE NORTH AND THE SOUTH TOWARD AN ACCEPTANCE OF EQUAL RIGHTS. FOR EXAMPLE, THE OPINION RESEARCH DATA SHOW A REVOLUTIONARY ATTITUDE CHANGE IN FEELINGS ABOUT SCHOOL INTEGRATION, THE BASIC AND RIGHTS ISSUE. FURTHERMORE, IN THOSE SOUTHERN AREAS WHERE THERE IS SCHOOL INTEGRATION, MORE WHITES ACCEPT IT, AND EVEN IN THE "HARD-CORE" AREAS WHITE APPROVAL HAS RISEN FROM 4 TO 28 PERCENT. WHILE MOST WHITES DO NOT SEEM TO "EAGERLY" ACCEPT INTEGRATION, AND WOULD PREFER THAT DESEGREGATION PROCEED MORE GRADUALLY, THEY DO RECOGNIZE THAT RACIAL DISCRIMINATION IS AMORAL AND THAT THE NEGRO PROTEST IS LEGITIMATE. THE PROTEST MOVEMENT HAS NOT HAD A BACKLASH EFFECT (BASED ON THE EVIDENCE THAT PRESIDENT JOHNSON CARRIED THE SOUTH IN 1964 DESPITE HIS CLEARLY STATED POSITION ON CIVIL RIGHTS), NOR HAS IT INTENSIFIED SEGREGATIONIST ATTITUDES. THESE AND MANY OTHER OBSERVATIONS ARE DISCUSSED IN THE ARTICLE WITH REFERENCE TO THE SPECIFIC FINDINGS OF THE PUBLIC OPINION POLLS. THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN "DAEDALUS," VOLUME 95, NUMBER 1, WINTER 1966. (NH)
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Authoring Institution: American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Boston, MA.
Identifiers: United States (North); United States (South)