In order to discriminate against employees in general and Negro employees in particular, the Southern slavocracy has imposed a segregated and inferior school system on the region. This is absolutely essential to the maintenance of the disunity- cheapness of Southern labor, upon which the slavocracy grows fat. The slavocracy knows full well that if the South's children, white and black, were permitted to study in the same classrooms, its regime would not survive that generation.
And so it is not too surprising to find the slavocracy going off the deep end from time to time in its insistence upon segregated education--as, for instance, when the 1940 Mississippi senate, in providing for free textbooks, added a proviso that the books for Negro children be kept in separate warehouses.
Southerners of both races have always suffered from the denial of education opportunities. The highways, industrialization, radio, movies, and world wars have all sharpened the Southern appetite for knowledge and skills. Hence the attitude of the typical contemporary Southerner is: "I want my young-uns to get all the schoolin' they can; it's hard enough to make a livin' these days even if you got a education, much less without one."
One measure of the proximity of education to the frontier is the number of one-teacher schools yet extant in America. Such schools increased in number until sometime between 1914 and 1918, when a trend toward consolidation set in. But as of 1940 there were still 130,000 such institutions, although they were passing from the educational scene at the rate of nearly ten a day.