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Racial Democracy and the Black MetropolisHousing Policy in Postwar Chicago$
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Preston H. Smith II

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816637027

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816637027.001.0001

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(p.297) Conclusion
Racial Democracy and the Black Metropolis

Preston H. Smith

University of Minnesota Press

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.

Keywords:   public housing, urban redevelopment, sound racial policy, antidiscrimination, self-help strain, racial democracy, social order, racial politics

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