Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Segragation Now, Segregation Tomorrow, Segragation Forever

It was on this day, June 11, in the year 1963 that democratic governor George Wallace stood in front of the Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama, refusing to allow entrance to two black students that had been admitted to the school. This became known as the "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door." After being confronted by federal marshals, the Deputy Attorney General, and the National Guard, Wallace stood aside.

Later in life, Wallace actually had a change of heart, and apologized for his rhetoric and actions that day.

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  1. In the early sixties I worked in Providence Rhode Island in a print shop. A person came to work with us, the son-in-law of the owner from West Virginia, who had gone broke in the dairy business. He was a real "cracker" and delighted in telling stories of how they handled the "coloreds" back home and how foolish we were to "LET THEM RUN LOOSE" in the North. Segregation was openly practiced in the South without restraint until well into the 60s. Housing was restricted in the South, West and North with covenants backed by law that stated land and houses could not be legally sold to Blacks, Jews, Chinese and other minorities in many neighborhoods. I went to live and work in San Francisco early in 1964 and many of the hotels, restaurants and theaters did not allow Blacks. Las Vegas also was completely segregated. This was in no way completely a Southern problem and in many areas continued for many years after.

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