This concluding chapter argues that whether the issue was public housing or urban redevelopment, working-class blacks were not consulted for their opinion and thus did not help in creating a “sound racial policy.” Neither the antidiscrimination nor the self-help strain of racial democracy departed from the idea that black elites should lead their race, and that all blacks had a common interest that surpasses the particular interests of any social stratum. The black civic and policy elites’ racial politics were informed and limited by an unspoken acceptance of a class-stratified social order that ensured that their racial and class politics would be one and the same.
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