The Politics of Civil Rights
It is particularly gratifying that at a dinner honoring Lincoln's birthday we can point to more progress in the field of civil rights in this Administration than in any since Lincoln's . . . the struggle for civil rights . . . involves the whole of our struggle for world peace. Nothing is more damaging to the United States in the battle of ideas and ideals . . . than our failures and our shortcomings in this area.
-- Vice President Richard M. Nixon, in a speech at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on February 8, 1960
It seems to me that there are two extreme groups. There are those who want instant integration and those who want segregation forever. I believe that we need to have a middle course between those two extremes.
-- President Richard M. Nixon, in his press conference of September 26, 1969
Negro leaders had always been apprehensive about Richard Nixon's position on race relations, and his successful campaign of 1968 did nothing to lessen that apprehension.★ Having monitored everything____________________