The Negro Press

Sancton, Thomas
April 1943
New Republic;4/26/43, Vol. 108 Issue 17, p557
Focuses on the African American press and reactions of the whites on publications of the press in the U.S. Information on the press that has been consistently growing too big and tough for the focus of their prejudiced visions; Accusation of the whites that the African American press has been creating something to which it has only given expression: the American Negro's drive for the freedoms, rights, privileges, and human happiness for which the war itself is being fought; Demand of the African Americans regarding the real news of African Americans in the war and the war's effect upon race issues; Statement that in a great majority of cases is given the race slant right at the source; The race press has grown up to fill a need as important to the African American as the home-town paper to any white man; Discussion of the African American writers, who over and over, in all possible variations, with a variety of tones and shadings, with none of the ambiguous and deceitful language by which hard facts are softened in the white press, tell the African American exactly what the white man doing for him and to him; Information on critics of the race press who failed to mention the better-conduct campaigns; Description of the fundamental weakness of the African American press.


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