B. Jean Palmer, The Black Right: Why Black Conservatives Are A Minority in Black America (Grand
Rapids, Michigan: National Academic Press, 2005)
This book by an African American, Jean Palmer, looks at the rise of the black conservative "movement," if one can call
it a movement at all, especially since the seventies soon after the end the civil rights movement which reached its peak
in 1968, the same year in which Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated.
It was also in the same year that the Open Housing Act was passed, culmination of a centuries-old struggle by black Americans
to be recognized as equal citizens. As James Baldwin stated in his essay, "Fifth Avenue, Uptown": "Negroes want to be
treated like men: a perfectly straightforward statement containing seven words. People who have mastered Kant, Hegel, Shakespeare,
Marx, Freud and the Bible find this statement impenetrable."