How did Bunche handle being a so-called "model Negro"?    Can you speak about the tension between his status as an icon and his reality as an individual?

A: There is a tension between what Ralph Bunche sought to accomplish and what became his myth. And it is not a tension particular to him, it's a tension that any person who becomes, who is created into an icon must face, although it's especially acute, I think, in Ralph Bunche's case. Ralph Bunche sought to use his fame, his symbolic stature, to achieve certain ends.

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