Montgomery bus boycott African American press
The smudge - pot Called "boycott" Hurts all a lot! Boycott Blues MEMPHIS, Term. Beale Street ... the home of the blues . . . is beginning: to hear growing echoes of a new brand of blues for the vicinity . . . the boycott blues. The name, "boycott blues," received first billing on the indigo Btreet following the latest developments in the Montgomery bus boycott situation. One fellow said, 'When the white folks do it they call it jira - crow, or some fancy name like segregation; when the black folks do it they call it boycott, Now what's the difference ?H One Beale Streeter aptly observed that the thing works both ways. He said it's a matter , of "how much of his own nose a guy wants to cut off to spite his face." He was answered with the reminder that the Bible says, "If your right eye offends you, pluck it out." But a retort to that last was "Yeah, but you don't reach to pluck out that right eye every time you get a cinder In it. This boycott thing can be carried too far. too fast." That was a nutshell version of the fellow's general warning premise that the Negro's current contemplation of the powers of the economic weapon of boycott ... in his quest for dignlfiedj treatment . . . should be as objective as possible . . . and with all the costs counted In advance. But no matter how it's approached there are still a lot of Beale Streeters who still remain S WILLY in profound and prolonged con templation of the "boycott technique." And like Thomas, the Disciple, they have some rankling doubts. They know something close - up of the - two - way edge this boycott gimmick carries. It's not that Beale Streeters don't appreciate the effectiveness of the boycott as a sharp - cutting tool in trimming hard - boiled attitudes down to working size. It's just that the realistic brethren on the street where the blues began are asking themselves just how far the boycott business ought to be carried in this racial rassle. For instance, one guy points out, "Cullud folks will be asked to boycott undertakers who don't bury black folk . . . and boy! that will be the end!" Continuing in the same vein, the speaker noted, "We're not new to this boycott thing among ourselves. W6've been boycotting long time, boycotting bad hair, black women, little automobiles, Some cullud folk, to prove they're "ready,' rJoycott watermelon, cat fish, chitterlings, spirituals, blues, shoutln' in church '. . . anything they don't like.