SOME SOCIAL CONSEQUENCES OF RESEARCH ON RACIAL RELATIONS.

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      The article presents information on social science research on race relations. The author says that there can be no doubt in the minds of anyone familiar with the social science research on race relations that today we would not have a history of recurring riots and civil disorders, nor a menacing threat of continued and unending riots and disorders, participated in by Negroes of all classes and educational levels. The major cause of the enormous foment of hate, anger and despair in the Negro community today and of the capacity of a small group of extreme militants to take legitimate leadership away from the most serious, thoughtful and concerned traditional leadership of the Negro community, has been the failure of the American government and public to respond to Negro needs in precisely the ways in which social science research since 1940's and before has indicated. In any event, there is little point in debating whether scientists have been alert enough to the needs of the community. The research of the early period was way ahead of any public or governmental interest or action, even by the concerned victims themselves. In addition, the newer researches, though admittedly more applied than basic, could hardly have been more timely.