The question, Who speaks for the Negro? invites no satisfactory answer in these rhetoric-drenched times. Or, rather, it invites so many answers that none of them can be satisfactory. No large city is without its complement of lusty-lunged fellows who present themselves as spokesmen not only for all of America’s Negroes but for the colored populations of the entire globe, and not only for Negroes now living but for large numbers of the long dead. That they voice the angers of the ghetto is certain; whether they have a more palpable constituency is not certain at all.
But there is a related question—Who speaks to the Negro?—that, thanks to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, one can begin to answer. The circulation of Eb...
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