Newsweek: The Moderate Voice: The GOP’s Race Problem

Newsweek: The Moderate Voice

The GOP’s Race Problem

In 1944 the Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal acutely subverted a classic paradigm in American political culture: the so-called Negro problem. As Myrdal pointed out in his work, An American Dilemma , there really is no Negro problem in America. There is a white problem. White people in America systemically prevented people of African descent from fulfilling what most Americans honestly referred to as the American dream. In 1944, with segregation in full effect and blacks disfranchised across the South, Myrdal offered a powerful case for integration that would be used in the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954. 


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