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The integrationist would argue that what the Negro wants, principally, is exactly what the whites want — that is, that the Negro wants "in" American society, and that operationally this means providing the Negro with employment, income, housing, and education comparable to that of the whites. This having been achieved, the other aspects of the Negro's problem of inferiority will disappear. The origins of this ideological dichotomy are easily identified. The physical characteristics that distinguish blacks from whites are obvious enough; and the long history of slavery, supplemented by the post-emancipation pattern of exclusion of the blacks from so many facets of American society, are INTEGRATIONIST AND SEPARATIST VIEWPOINTS * Robert S.
He has to decide on ends or means. Is the Utopia of the general society repugnant to him because he found the values inadequate or does he find the values repugnant because the general society refuses to live up to its ideology of freedom and justice for all? The relationship between the values and ideology of the separatist group and the general society becomes significant in answering this question. Here the determination can be made of whether or not the separatist group will be catalytic in influencing the parent body or the general society to bring about congruence between stated goals and reality.
Certainly after 1808, when the slave trade was officially terminated, thus cutting off the supply of fresh injections of African culture, the Europeanization of the blacks proceeded apace. With emancipation, the national constitution recognized the legal manhood of the blacks, United States citizenship was unilaterally conferred upon the ex-slave, and the Negro began his arduous struggle for social, economic, and political acceptance into the American mainstream. The separatist, however, takes the position that the cultural transformation of the black man was not complete.