On the thirtieth anniversary of the 1954 Supreme Court decision against racial separation and the twentieth anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, a troubling dilemma confronts proponents of racial equality and social justice. The dilemma is that while the socioeconomic status of the most disadvantaged members of the minority population has deteriorated rapidly since 1965 and especially since 1970, that of advantaged members has steadily improved. This is perhaps most clearly seen in the changes that have occurred within the American black population, in recent years.

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