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The National Response to Richard M. Nixon's Black Capitalism Initiative

The National Response to Richard M. Nixon's Black Capitalism Initiative JOURNAL OF BLACK STUDIES / SEPTEMBER 2001 Weems, Randolph / BLACK CAPITALISM INITIATIVE THE NATIONAL RESPONSE TO RICHARD M. NIXON’S BLACK CAPITALISM INITIATIVE The Success of Domestic Detente ROBERT E. WEEMS, JR. University of Missouri–Columbia LEWIS A. RANDOLPH Ohio University Richard M. Nixon viewed an uncontrolled Black Power move- ment as a major threat to the internal security of the United States (during the late 1960s and early 1970s). To address this situation, Nixon developed his Black capitalism initiative as a domestic version of his widely publicized foreign policy initiative of detente ( w hich sought to “contain” the power of the Soviet Union and China). Moreover, just as Nixon and Henry Kissinger linked concessions associated with detente to Soviet and Chinese behavior modification, the Nixon presidency offered African Americans the notion of Black capitalism as an incentive to move away from the notion of “Burn Baby Burn” (Ambrose, 1989, pp. 125-126). Besides briefly examining the nuances of Nixon’s Black capitalism initiative, this article will focus on the national discourse generated by this political maneuver. The evidence sug- gests that although Nixon did not achieve his institutional goals (campaign promises) related to Black capitalism, he did, indeed, achieve his http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Black Studies SAGE

The National Response to Richard M. Nixon's Black Capitalism Initiative

Journal of Black Studies , Volume 32 (1): 18 – Sep 1, 2001

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JOURNAL OF BLACK STUDIES / SEPTEMBER 2001 Weems, Randolph / BLACK CAPITALISM INITIATIVE THE NATIONAL RESPONSE TO RICHARD M. NIXON’S BLACK CAPITALISM INITIATIVE The Success of Domestic Detente ROBERT E. WEEMS, JR. University of Missouri–Columbia LEWIS A. RANDOLPH Ohio University Richard M. Nixon viewed an uncontrolled Black Power move- ment as a major threat to the internal security of the United States (during the late 1960s and early 1970s). To address this situation, Nixon developed his Black capitalism initiative as a domestic version of his widely publicized foreign policy initiative of detente ( w hich sought to “contain” the power of the Soviet Union and China). Moreover, just as Nixon and Henry Kissinger linked concessions associated with detente to Soviet and Chinese behavior modification, the Nixon presidency offered African Americans the notion of Black capitalism as an incentive to move away from the notion of “Burn Baby Burn” (Ambrose, 1989, pp. 125-126). Besides briefly examining the nuances of Nixon’s Black capitalism initiative, this article will focus on the national discourse generated by this political maneuver. The evidence sug- gests that although Nixon did not achieve his institutional goals (campaign promises) related to Black capitalism, he did, indeed, achieve his

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Journal of Black StudiesSAGE

Published: Sep 1, 2001

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