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“One City, One Standard”: The Struggle for Equality in Rudolph Giuliani's New York

Clarence Taylor

in Civil Rights in New York City

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780823232895
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240876 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823232895.003.0011
“One City, One Standard”: The Struggle for Equality in Rudolph Giuliani's New York

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“One City, One Standard.” Rudolph Giuliani, New York's mayor from 1994 to 2001, defined his administration, and himself, through these words. They were more than a campaign slogan, although they served him well as such during his successful 1993 bid for City Hall. The historian Martha Biondi has shown how black activists worked in New York during the years following World War II for what she terms “full equality.” Their struggle was for much more than equality under the law. They sought a substantive form of justice that was avowedly “rare conscious” and identity based. They demanded fair housing practices, an end to lending discrimination, curbs on police behavior, an emphasis on black culture in the public educational system, and, generally, the reallocation and equalization of resources in the city.

Keywords: New York; Rudolph Giuliani; equality; justice; black culture

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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