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FOR BLACK
PEOPLE, THE ELECTION WAS A NATIONAL REFERENDUM ON US OF WHETHER WE WOULD
PROGRESS, RUN IN PLACE, OR CONTINUE TO SLIDE BACKWARD AS WE HAVE BEEN
DOING SINCE 1968.

SINCE RICHARD NIXON TOOK OFFICE IN 1968, WE HAVE SPENT BILLIONS
MORE ON WAR; OVER TWO MILLION MORE AMERICANS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE
RANKS OF THE UNEMPLOYED; SIX MILLION MORE ARE ON EVER MOUNTIN RELIEF
ROLLS, INFLATION HAS REDUCED OUR STANDARD OF LIVING, AND ELITIST. SEXIST
AND RACIST PRACTICES RUN RAMPANT, UNCHECKED THROUGH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE
AMERICAN LIFE.

THESE PRACTICES WILL NOT BE ENDED BY SOME CATYCLISMIC REVOLUTION
ANYTIME SOON - THEY CAN BE ENDED BY HARD WORK AND BY CONCERTED POLITICAL
AND SOCIAL ACTION.

THAT HAS BEEN THE HISTORY OF BLACK PEOPLE'S LIVES IN AMERICA -
CONSTANT PRESSURE - WITH OR WITHOUT ALIIES - AIMED AT IMPROVING OUR
POSITION.

WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN THE UNITED STATES SINCE THE FIRST BLACK

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