Charles Lewis, “former editor and reporter at the National Post,” writes:
Your analysis of the civil rights movement is grotesque. Do you not believe black Americans did not deserve equal rights. I remember dead black American soldiers sent home in body bags whose families were denied plots in white cemetery. These were American heroes. I’m not following you any more. I’m a conservative Catholic who believes many things are wrong with liberalism but not this. We’re done.
They deserve equal rights and were finally being granted them by lawful means. This wasn’t fast enough for King and co so they escalated their protests, which in turn increased interracial strife rather than decreased it. These protests remain the unimpeachable model for modern day demonstrations and boycotts, which are more like bullying. Juan Williams and Thurgood Marshall agree with me.
You see what we’re up against when even those on “our side” believe in sentimental liberal propaganda, especially old people.
Really old, apparently…
Arlington National Cemetery was established in 1864, and for more than 80 years blacks were buried separately from white service men. On July 26, 1948, President Harry S. Truman issued Executive Order 9981, which established, “that there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion, or national origin.” The new policy was to go into effect “as rapidly as possible, having due regard to the time required to effectuate any necessary changes without impairing efficiency or morale.”
Although it was years before the services effectively integrated, the national cemeteries throughout the country adopted the policy immediately and disbanded burial segregation regulation in 1948.