This is the document he is talking about and I posted the key points but the whole thing is interesting.
The Nixon Administration.
As you have candidly acknowledged. the relation of the administration to the black population is a problem. I think it ought also to be acknowledged that we are a long way from solving it. During the
past year intense efforts have been made by the administration to develop programs that will be of help to the blacks. I dare say, as much or more time and attention goes into this effort in this adminis
tration than any in history. But little has corne of it. There has been a great deal of political ineptness in some Departments. and you have been the loser. I don't know what you can do about this. Perhaps nothing. But I do have four suggestions.
Second. The time may have come when the issue of race could
benefit from a period of "benign neglect". The subject has been too
much talked about. The forum has been too much taken over to
hysterics, paranoids, and boodlers on all sides. We may need a
period in which Negro progress continues and racial rhetoric fades.
The administration can help bring this about by paying close attention
to such progress - - as we are doing - - while seeking to avoid situations
in which extremists of either race are given opportunities for martyr
dom, heroics, histrionics or whatever. Greater attention to Indians,
Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans would be useful. A tendency
to ignore provocations from groups such as the Black Panthers might
also be useful. (The Panthers were apparently almost defunct until
the Chicago police raided one of their headquarters and transformed
them into culture heroes for the white -- and black -- middle class.
You perhaps did not note on the society page of yesterday's Times
that Mrs. Leonard Bernstein gave a cocktail party on Wednesday to
raise money for the Panthers. Mrs. W. Vincent Astor was among the
guests. Mrs. Peter Duchin, !!the rich blond wife of the orchestra
leader" was thrilled. "I've never met a Panther, II she said. This is
a first for me. ")
Fourth. There is a silent black majority as well as a white one.
It is mostly working class, as against lower middle class. It is
politically moderate (on issues other than racial equality) and shares
most of the concerns of its white counterpart. This group has been
generally ignored by the government, and the media. The more
recognition we can give to it, the better off we shall all be. (I would
take it, for example, that Ambassador Holland is a natural leader of
this segment of the black community. There are others like him. )
Daniel P. Moynihan