Civil Rights in 1956:
Politics Replaces the Economic Motive
One is not surprised to find that most Democrats and Republicans would prefer to see the civil rights issue buried rather than exposed during the coming election campaign. So thorny a problem cannot be discussed in pretty political rhetoric. Thus it is proposed that the question of civil rights be excluded from campaign discussion, and the whole matter be left to the Supreme Court. At the same time, a course of “moderation” is advocated: i.e., a mild civil rights program that would appease some Negro voters without alienating either the rabid segregationists or the less unreasonable elements in the South.
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