Do Talented Tenth and non–Talented Tenth Blacks support moral and socially conscious US foreign policies to the same degree? Utilizing a 2010 national sample from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, we find statistical evidence that members of the Talented Tenth are more likely than other Blacks to support America’s role to combat global hunger and to provide economic aid to assist needy countries in developing their economies. An examination of the foreign policy attitudes of the Black Talented Tenth is an important undertaking because it provides insight into what our expectations should be for rising African Americans as more of them enter into its ranks. Should we expect the next generation of African Americans to be more conscientious as they increasingly assume the mantles of leadership and responsibility? The results in this article lay bare the enormous work the present generation of Black educators must undertake to ensure the next generation are ready to do so. By observing the internationalist attitudes of the present Talented Tenth, especially as those attitudes relate to creating a more just, equitable, and harmonious world, it is possible to find ways to critically engage and help the next generation to provide the type of leadership necessary to make a positive difference.
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Research Article| April 13 2020
Foreign Policy Attitudes of the Black Talented Tenth: Idealism Meets Reality
National Review of Black Politics (2020) 1 (2): 271–290.
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Antwain Leach, Sajid Hussain; Foreign Policy Attitudes of the Black Talented Tenth: Idealism Meets Reality. National Review of Black Politics 13 April 2020; 1 (2): 271–290. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nrbp.2020.1.2.271
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