1. One need not be too prescient to realize that race relations in America could stand a bit of improvement. a. Considering Brown vs. Board of Education, the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, affirmative action, etc., how to explain this? 2. The problem is complex, as are the answers. Why is it that so many blacks distrust the country, and whites in particular? And what evidence that they feel this way? Consider the following a. We learned too well during the upheavals of that decade [the Sixties] how to be Americas pre-eminent victims. Glenn Loury, "Black Political Culture after the Sixties," in Second Thoughts: Former Radicals Look Back at the Sixties, P. Collier and D. Horowitz, eds., p. 143 b. The activist Dick Gregory, a comedian who long ago gave up laughs for conspiracy theories, also blames King's death on a government plot, as he does the mysterious murder of twenty-eight blacks in Atlanta in 1979-81 (which he ascribes to government scientists' taking the tips of their penises to use in a serum for countering cancer). Conspiracy Theories Everywhere - Conspiracy: How the Paranoid Style Flourishes and Where It Comes From - by Daniel Pipes c. Jesse Jackson claimed that the murders were part of a nationwide racial conspiracy and claimed it was open season on black people. 40. The Atlanta Murders No matter that the killer turned out to be a black man. d. The disproportionate incidence of AIDS and drug use among blacks prompts prominent figures to endorse a conspiracy theory that the U.S. government is behind these epidemics. The comedian Bill Cosby asserts that AIDS was "started by human beings to get after certain people they don't like." The movie director Spike Lee announced (in an advertisement for the Benetton clothing shops, of all places) that "AIDS is a government-engineered disease." On late-night television, rap singer Kool Moe Dee portrayed AIDS as a genocidal plot against blacks, with no dissent from host Arsenio Hall. A mass-circulation magazine for blacks ran as its cover story, "AIDS: Is It Genocide?" Steven Cokely, a well-known former Chicago municipal official, gave the plot an antisemitic twist, telling of Jewish doctors who injected black babies with AIDS as part of a plot to take over the world. Conspiracy Theories Everywhere - Conspiracy: How the Paranoid Style Flourishes and Where It Comes From - by Daniel Pipes e. Can the overwhelming support of the President by his black constituents, at a time when his polls are falling everywhere else, a kind of racism? Why, at a time when racism is arguably at its lowest ebb, has black resentment actually grown?