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The Color Line: Legacy for the Twenty-First Century.

The problem of the 20th century will be "the problem of the color line--the relation of the darker to the lighter races of men in Asia and Africa, in America and the islands of the sea," W.E.B. Du Bois predicted at the turn of the century. In his new book, The Color Line: Legacy for the Twenty-First Century, John Hope Franklin contends that Du Bois was certainly right, but Franklin argues that the problem of race will remain a problem for the next century.

Franklin contends that both blacks and whites arc responsible for creating a color-blind society. Such a society continues to elude America because Americans--black and white--profit from racial contention, he writes.

Readers searching for fresh insights into the discussion of race will be disappointed. Franklin does a good job chronicling the problems, but he falls flat when prescribing solutions. Although it's a good book, don't expect anything new.
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Author:Robinson, Fredrick D.
Publication:Black Enterprise
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Feb 1, 1994
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