Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on June 13, 1963 · Page 20
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June 13, 1963

Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 20

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PAGE TWENTY ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 1963 Violence Follows Peace Bid By .JAMES MABLOW Assoctalod Press NPWS Analyst WASHINGTON (AP) — Events proved what Prrsident Kennedy acknowledged in his talk to the nation: that words are only a small part of the solution to the racial struggle. Within 24 hours after he appealed for the support of all citizens in trying to end discrimination against Negroes, this happened: A Negro leader was shot dead In Mississippi, three white men] were wounded and two Negn^cs stoned in street fighting in Maryland, and Southern Democrats ir Congress announced defiance lo Kennedy's civil rights proposals Last September violence came even faster when Kennedy asked nation-wide for peace in race relations. Reactions That time, in the very midst of his request that James H. Meredith, a Negro, be quietly enrolled in the University of Mississippi, there was rioting on the campus against U.S. marshals and two men were killed. The lesson seems plain from the events alter Kennedy's two appeals to reason: The search for equal rights for Negroes, even though they're entitled to them under the Constitution, will be long and probably bloody unless some great racial disaster, like a huge riot, shocks the nation into truly united action. If that happens it will be a tragic commentary on America's inability to find through reason the long-delayed solution. Kennedy made it clear in his address to the nation Tuesday night that he talked of the "domestic crisis" in the nation now and about the threat of violence and the threat to lives. Negroes, afraid lor almost 100 years to act on their own in protest in the white-dominated world of the South, have discovered that when they act together, and in masses, they must be listened to. What may come out of this new and sudden realization of strength is unpredictable. For when they see one oi their nonviolent leaders murdered, as in Mississippi, the other nonviolent leaders may be hurled aside for more direct action. Behind the Times Yet, the Southern Democratic senators in Congress sound now as if this were back in the days o' the 1940s when Negroes were stil unsure and unorganized and of fered no danger to the Southern whites determined to keep segre gation. Wednesday, before Kennedj even sent his new civil rights proposals to Congress, 18 Southern senators met and then their leader, Richard B. Russell of Georgia, had some words to say. He pledged a powerful Southern Democratic fight — meaning, of course, a filibuster—against Kennedy's civil rights proposals although the administration apparently hasn't finished drawing them up. Kennedy, through his whole administration up to now, has tried to keep the Southern Democrats pacified. If they didn' f get mad at him, they could be helpful on other legislation besides civil rights. This explains one good reason why he hasn't, until now, made any fight for truly strong civil rights laws. Driving Charges on Two at East Alton EAST ALTON—Automobile accidents Wednesday afternoon resulted in careless driving charges against Richard Moore, 17, Brigh ton, and William D. Johnson, 124 Victory Drive, East Alton, police reported. A rear end collision occurred at 4:15 p.m. when Moore's car collided with a car driven by Gwen Angleton, 51, of 300 E. McCasland, in a line of traffic- on Main Street. Dave Duncan, 16, and Gary Phillips, 16, Brighton, were passengers in Moore's car at the time of the accident. 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