The Survey of Chicago African Americans is a random sample of more than 700 people. Respondents were asked a number of questions about race relations.
"Is it more important - one, for schools in Black neighborhoods
to hire Black teachers OR two, for these schools to select the
most competent teachers regardless of race?"
Select the most competent 90.6
"Is it more important - one, for Blacks to build good relations
with Whites OR two, for Blacks to build pride and respect
for themselves, even if it means causing tension between Blacks
Build good relations 52.2
"Is it more important - one, to promote Black culture as a
separate culture OR two, to emphasize what Americans have
Emphasize common culture 75.1
"Is it more important - one, to help those who are worse off,
regardless of their color OR two, to concentrate on helping
Help regardless of color 93.1
"Is it more important - one, to promote racial harmony between
Blacks and Whites OR two, for Blacks to fight for their rights,
even if it means creating tension between Blacks and Whites?"
Promote racial harmony 68.1
"As things now stand, is it more important to - one, treat
Blacks and whites the same OR two, to first overcome the
effects of past discrimination?
Treat Blacks and Whites the same 62.7
"To make real progress in achieving equality, is it better for Blacks - one, to work together with whites OR two, to work together mostly with other Blacks?
Work together with whites? 83.7
"In general, do you think it's better for people of different
races - one, to keep to themselves as much as possible OR
two, to live and work together so they can learn to understand
Live and work together 98.7
Blacks should always vote for Black candidates when
they run for an elected office?"
Agree (strongly or somewhat) 19.2
"Blacks are better off living with other Blacks in Black neighborhoods rather than living with whites?"
Agree (strongly or somewhat) 18.4
"Black people should shop in stores owned by other Blacks whenever possible?"
Agree (strongly or somewhat) 59.5
"Blacks should have control over the economy
in mostly Black communities?"
Agree (strongly or somewhat) 62.2
"African wise men who lived hundreds of years
ago do not get enough credit for their contributions to
Agree (strongly or somewhat) 84.3
"The Ancient Greek philosophers copied many
ideas from Black philosophers who lived in Egypt?"
Agree (strongly or somewhat) 75.1
The numbers indicate that most blacks want to be integrated with whites, but they do not feel that they are respected as much as they should be. They are not equal to whites in business so they are willing to abandon color blindness when it comes to buying from black businesses and having blacks control business in their own neighborhoods.
The large number of blacks who do not feel they get enough credit for their scholarly and scientific achievements reveals their desperation to feel intellectually equal to whites. Mythical black philosophers are invented who are smarter than those thieving Greeks--Plato and Aristotle. George Washington Carver has not been given his proper place next to Isaac Newton. The psychological hang-up that needs to be treated is not white prejudice but the black inferiority complex.
How about some reality therapy? To all black folks: 1) don't focus so much on the assessment of groups; focus on yourself as an individual; and 2) if you're going to focus on groups, relax--music, singing, dancing, sports and charisma aren't enough? Do you have to be good at everything?
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