Column about two white men being run off from Holmes County.
Memo To Some Holmes Countians T HIS IS JUST a reminder that Mississippi, including Holmes county, is slill in the United States. A number of Holmes counlians— reportedly 700 lo 1,000 strong—don't scorn to know it. They are reported lo have atlempled to "persuade" twn citizens to leave the county because their ideas on race relations don't jibe with the majority's. One .thousand to two. It's a nice, safe falio, and one-sided enough lo scare most people. So far, the two men, one of them a doctor and the other a co-operative farm manager, haven't left. We admire their guts. And we arc sure that they have been the victims of false witness, given by frightened Negroes. But, we repeat, this is the United States. Those men are entitled to a basic American right. It is the right to disagree with any other American, openly and in security. To intimidate or punish anyone, whatever his opinions, his religion, his color or his lawful politics, is as un-American as any bestial idea that ever came out from behind the Iron Curtain. Maybe those two men with minority views will pull up arid leave. H they do, something will leave Holmes county with them, something very precious and American, something for which a great many Holmes county citizens apparently don't give a damn. That something is the spirit of the Bill of Rights, the guarantees which alone distinguish us from the oppressed people of the totalitarian world. The government of the Unil- ed States is comtnitlcd to preserve those guarantees, Holmes county, Mississippi to the contrary. There arc legal and moral forces in outland more potent than any thousand to two line-up anywhere, no fore this madness can end those forces must and will be felt.