The Segregationists

The Segregationists

The Segregationists

The Segregationists

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As the spring semester of 1962 ended--eight years after the dramatic Supreme Court school integration decision--2,725 of the 2,482,170 Negro pupils in the public grade schools of the South were attending classes with whites.

If the South's pace of compliance with The Decision were to continue at this same "deliberate speed," the region's public grade-school system will have become completely desegregated by A.D. 9256--7,288 years from now.

After eight years of an elaborate national campaign to convince the white South that the May 17, 1954, decision is "the law of the land"--a campaign including billions of words of equalitarian messages from the North, impressive civil-rights planks in political platforms, huge sums of money from Liberal philanthropists, a very deluge of legal briefs, and even several platoons of soldiers bearing bayonets--here is how the school-integration report card read as classes were being dismissed for the summer vacation of 1962: . . .

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