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Julian Bond - October, 1969

WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN THE UNITED STATES SINCE THE FIRST BLACK PEOPLE SET FOOT HERE IN 1619 IS THAT EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED AND NOTHING HAS CHANGED, PARTICULARLY FOR US IN THE SOUTH.

FOR ONE, WE ARE NO LONGER SLAVES. SECONDLY, WE CAN SIT AT LUNCH COUNTERS, SIT DOWNSTAIRS AT MOVIE THEATRES, RIDE IN THE FRONT OF BUSES, REGISTER AND VOTE WHERE WE ONCE COULD NOT.

BUT IN A GREAT MANY WAYS, WE ARE CONSTANTLY DISCOVERING THAT THINGS HAVE EITHER NOT CHANGED AT ALL, OR HAVE BECOME MUCH WORSE.

A QUICK LOOK AT ALL OF THE FACTS AND FIGURES THAT MEASURE HOW WELL, OR HOW POORLY, A PEOPLE ARE DOING - THE KINDS OF STATISTICS THAT MEASURE INFANT MORTALITY, UNEMPLOYMENT, MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME, LIFE EXPECTANCY - DEMONSTRATES CLEARLY THAT THE AVERAGE BLACK AMERICAN, WHILE BETTER OFF THAN HIS FATHER WAS, IS ACTUALLY WORSE OFF WHEN

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