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State Sen. Julian Bond (D-Ga.) last night spoke at the Law School Forum, reviewing the historical situation of black Americans and urging black leaders to broaden their focus and aim for racial, social and economic equality.
Bond, who first received national recognition in the '60s for both his opposition to the Vietnam War and his participation in the civil rights movement, pointed out that 91 per cent of the blacks who voted in last fall's election supported President Jimmy Carter. He urged Carter, whose nomination Bond opposed in the primaries, to live up to the expectations of his black constituents and to return their loyalty.
America has gone from a situation of "benign concern to malignant neglect," he said. Although the general condition of blacks here has improved, eliminating some of the more "blatant aspects of American apartheid," their relative position has worsened. Blacks remain disproportionately powerless, he said.
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