ERIC Number: ED047336
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Willingness of Negro High School Students and Dropouts to Associate with Whites. Final Report.
McDowell, Sophia F.
This questionnaire survey of the interracial attitudes of a representative sample of 638 black youths in Washington, D. C. in 1968 replicates a similar one done in 1966, and compares 1968 patterns with 1966 patterns. In addition it concerns itself with identification, political views, vocational aspirations and expectations. The basic findings are that willingness for personal associations with whites decreased slightly between 1966 and 1968, but remained on the positive side of the scale. Black awareness increased although the preponderant majority chose the term 'Negro' rather than 'Black' for self-identification. Political stance was primarily moderate, with most considering themselves 'American', contributing to a picture of dual identity in both the drive and drift toward first-class citizenship. Dropouts continued to be less accepting of whites than in-school youth although the gap became smaller by 1968. With the diversity of sentiment and inclination, a rationale can be found for almost any kind of racial reform program, pluralism appearing to be the most acceptable and democratic. The schools, as only one of the major national institutions, cannot by themselves achieve such a complicated societal goal, but can route their programs in the desired direction. (Author/CJ)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Howard Univ., Washington, DC.