From International Socialist Review, Vol.19 No.3, Summer 1958, p.104.
Transcription & mark-up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.
Charles Abrams, chairman of the New York State Commission Against Discrimination (SCAD), charged last week that the economic decline is wiping out many of the gains made nationally by minority groups over the past decade. Few would put it so strongly, but none dispute the figures. One out of every seven Negro workers in the nation is now unemployed, in contrast to one out of every 14 Whites.
So far, discriminatory practices are not a direct issue in most discharges. The newness of Negro jobs is the big reason. The Negro did not begin to extend his position in industry until the manpower shortage of World War II and made further gains in the tight postwar labor market. So when recent layoffs reached into the 10-year to 15-year seniority group, Negro gains were wiped out in many plants.
— Business Week, May 17
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