Democratic Spring-Item #2

Research Item #2


Starts out with southern white preachers quoting the bible. Using Noah’s sons as analogy.

Senator James Eastland, Mississippi, sends a hateful message. That the south will blatantly break the law. Quote: “All the people of the south are in favor of segregation. And Supreme Court or no Supreme Court, we are going to maintain segregated school down in Dixie.” 

Sheriff  Mel Bailey of Burlington Alabama, “It wasn’t funny then, it’s still not funny. But suddenly we have the 14th Amendment that took a hundred years, brought on by the civil war, suddenly, must be complied with. Equal treatment UNDER THE LAW! And that was the resistance, “THEY” are not gonna get equal treatment.  ‘What do you mean? Go to school with my ‘lil daughter?’ That is why resistance.

Brown vBoard of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483 (1954), was a landmark United States Supreme Court case in which the Court declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students to be unconstitutional.

The ruling of Brown v. Board of Education drew the battle lines in the South. Many White Southerners saw the decision as an attack on their heritage and traditions.

Constance Baker Motley, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, “I think we were not really quite prepared for the extent to which the South would resist the implementation of the Brown decision. In fact, the shutting down of the NAACP in Alabama, the resistance in evidenced places like Virginia and Arkansas. The legislative investigations committees in Florida and other states really frightened us.”

February 1956, Authorine Lucy was quietly admitted into the University of Alabama. White students and towns people rioted the night after she arrived. She was suspended temporarily for her own safety. She sued claiming that mob rule was being allowed to overturn the law.

Authorine Lucy in her court testimony, “What’s brought about these actions, I feel, is that lawless elements outside the campus set themselves over and above the law. Their actions brought great discredit to our nation.” Thurgood Marshall is sitting by her side.

Reporter: “The charge has been made by some fairly moderate people, gradualists you might call them, that the NAACP is moving too far too fast. That following the decision of the Supreme Court, you would be well advised to let things move along gradually for a while, that you can’t overthrow the prejudices of 300 years over night.”

Marshall, “The can, maybe you can’t override prejudice over night. But the emancipation proclamation was issued in 1863, 90 odd years ago. I believe in gradualism, I also believe 90 odd years is pretty gradual.” Yay! Thurgood.  He had some quotes, didn’t he?

In 1967, Little rock had integrated busses, etc.

President Dwight Eisenhower cautions congress that moving desegregation too far, too fast, would cause violence.

The authorities allowing white rioters to win over constitutional law.

The night before school opened when the nine were going to begin attendance of a school they had a right to go to, the Governor of Arkansas, Orval Faubus, a moderate by standards before school integration, a man the black community supported, switched sides because he needed the segregationist votes to win future elections and ordered the national guard in order to “retain and restore the peace of this community.” So they were present nine tried attend  Central High School in Little Rock Arkansas on Sept. 5, 1957. The national guard ringed the school with ORDERS to admit only White students! State troops were being used to prevent the enforcement of Federal Law. It shocked the country. Here’s an instance where the military was ordered to break the law and they DID it because of orders from superiors.  This is what’s frightening to me at this time. My question is will they do this under the leadership of Trump, because he is vengeful of somebody whom he feel didn’t have his back!! This is the frightening part. Is this what is happening with the arrest of the journalists during the inauguration?  I don’t know. After a bit of research, it appears that the police released the journalists pretty quickly. 

That fool Faubus was such a jerk that he called all the public schools to halt integration.

And Virginia followed suit. They sent troops into to enforce. Governor Lindsay Almond, Jr. of Virginia ,(it’s always Virginia, hello Thomas Jefferson..), called for unyielding integration. However Federal courts fought back.

My question is, Will the Federal Courts fight back now given our current supreme court? Who’s protecting our rights now?


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