White Progressive Views On Racial Issues

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The chapter discusses white progressive views on racial issues and questions their views differ from those of past generations. The author describes past racial views to those of a fictional television character named Archie Bunker. This character was a bigoted person with strong racial views that still resonates today. However, the author did profile white racial progressives; he suggested that these individuals are more likely to be young white women from a working class background. These individuals are more likely to have close personal relationships with minorities in general, showing support on many racial issues such as interracial marriage, affirmative action and racial injustice. “I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can’t agree with your methods of direct action;’ who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a ‘more convenient season.’ Shallow understanding from
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