ERIC Number: ED148952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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Public Policy for the Black Community; Strategies and Perspectives.
Barnett, Marguerite Ross; Hefner, James A.
The position of black Americans is reassessed in this book. The first step in evaluating where blacks are now is to ask what constitutes progress for blacks in America. A theoretical framework for analyzing the structural position of blacks and for developing criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of racial public policy is developed. Then, an economist and a political scientist examine two geographical areas of particular black concern; the urban ghetto and the South. It is noted that in the ghetto, massive, even revolutionary change is needed to halt the deteriorating urban black condition. For the South, the two political strategies used by Southern blacks are found to be only partially adequate. A political scientist, a legal authority, and a legal scholar also examine legal questions that will affect blacks in the future. Finally, the topic of discussion changes from legal to economic issues. One of the topics discussed is that of the differences in black and white wealth accumulation. The political impact of some of the federal "Great Society" programs undertaken during the 1960's is examined. It is noted that as illconceived as many of these programs were, they still deserve careful analysis because of the substantial political impact they have had on black communities. In the book a consistent theme of all the authors is emphasized. Here, the myth of black inclusion in the mainstream of American life is punctured. Blacks are urged not to confuse symbolic power with real power. Blacks, it is argued, must confront the "illusion of inclusion". (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Black Community, Black Influences, Blacks, Economic Climate, Policy Formation, Political Issues, Political Power, Politics, Public Policy, Racial Relations
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Publication Type: Books
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