Introduction to Project 21's Third Annual Report on the State of Black America, Black America 1996: A Time for Renewal

As black conservatives dedicated to rebuilding our neighborhoods and our country, we have come together to call on our government not to do more, but less. While we do not believe the government is an enemy of the citizenry, we know it is not our friend. We do not claim to have some grand new solutions to this nation's problems, but after thirty years of failed social experiments, we know the federal government does not either.

In our endeavors to make this a better country, we have discovered our limits. These limits have been imposed on us by an overreaching government that has refused to recognize that it also has limits. What many of us have echoed in our homes and communities we are now ready to tell the nation: Washington D.C. is not the answer to our problems, it is one of the problems. But we are not taking the path of some of our conservative predecessors by pretending the government does not exist. We will not avoid it any longer.

In the past few years, we have taken measures to help the community service organizations that have strived to offer alternative solutions to government programs. To make these alternatives a reality, black conservatives have been developing ways to restore to Americans the freedom they need to solve their problems. Through political think tanks, political action committees, magazines, and newsletters, we have tried to convince Washington to give the private sector a chance, because that is the best way black Americans will have a chance to prosper spiritually and monetarily. In Black America 1996: A Time For Renewal, we offer example after example of different organizations and coalitions that are trying to make a difference without relying on government.

If people and communities are going to start solving their own problems, then government needs to:

Edmund Peterson
Chairman, Project 21 Advisory Committee


(For a copy of Project 21's 27-page Black America 1996: A Time for Renewal, send $7 to Project 21, c/o The National Center for Public Policy Research, 501 Capitol Ct., N.E. Washington, D.C. 20002, 202/543-4110 Fax 202/543-5975, E-Mail Checks, money orders, Visa or Mastercard are accepted.)

Correspondence to Project 21 should be sent to:

Project 21
The National Center for Public Policy Research
501 Capitol Ct., N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002
Fax 202/543-5975


Project 21Return to Project 21 Index Page

Return to The National Center for Public Policy Research Home Page