There is a lot of attention being drawn to the 50th anniversary of Wallace’s “Stand in the Door.” While many tend to attack Wallace, we find through study that, at least for his time, he was fighting for the legal side. The case Plessy v. Furguson of 1896 had ruled that as long as facilities were separately maintained but of equal quality, the stipulations of the 14th Amendment (an illegal Amendment at that) would be satisfied. Separation, as shown by black graduation rates as compared to today, did not have an effect on a student’s abilities. The Federal government, however, took it upon themselves to again interfere in Alabama’s own affairs and impose desegregation.
When studying the events of Alabama, it is important to look at global politics as well. In the 1960s there were Communist insurgencies in both Rhodesia and South Africa, trying to impose Communism through the guise of “civil rights.” The U.S. media called for the removal of Ngo Dinh Diem, the Catholic defender of Vietnam against Mao. Protests and riots abounded across the globe, and the media sided predominantly with the Communists who purported to come offering equality. There could hardly have been a worse time to broach the subject.
But, what’s done is done. Black Alabamians have been able to attend the University of Alabama. At present, they are at 10% of the student body. Was there a better way to integrate? Undoubtedly.
But where does it lead? Where does it end? The immutable J.D. Crowe poses the question:
How much has changed? A lot. But not enough. Our state is still held back by a regressive tax code, the 1901 Constitution laced with racist language, and by the politics of populism. … As a result, Alabama is always among the last to warm up to social issues and equal rights – for the poor, elderly, women, minorities, and gays.
That’s right folks- the progressives keep this alive to further more of their agenda. The “civil rights” of the day: “warming up” to minorities and Sodomites.
Not content merely to go to a school, some are calling on the University to become “more diverse” :
The 50th anniversary of its desgregation (sic) and the strides it has taken to increase diversity, a look at its numbers shows that it has a less racially diverse faculty than other state schools and the national average….UA has increased black faculty by 192 percent in the past two decades. In fall 2012, black faculty members comprised 5.4 percent of the entire faculty, less than half of the percentage black students represent in the student body.
Some interesting comments on the above:
Sag: I wonder what the ratio is at Tuskegee and Alabama State? Funny how this diversity thingy only seems to work one way.
Wix: Why aren’t Alabama A & M and Alabama State included in your diversity stats. It’s always about them whites. Betcha their numbers are much more racist.
sjd2: It’s not about qualifications. It’s about skin color and who screams discrimination the loudest.
roadkingman: The numbers are way above the percentage for the population and this many only because of affirmative action godless libs . . . that’s why college grads today couldn’t pass a high school exam from the 50’s and the U.S. is in ruins and finished. Glad I have dual citizenship.
Overall, the comments were very anti-interference and pro-traditional. Let the University of Alabama hire who it wants just as the University of Tuskegee hires who it wants. A very logical and laid-back answer. But then, according to Crowe, these people are “standing in the door” of progress.
Ron Paul, in speaking on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, sums up the correct attitude that should be applied to the 1963 “Stand.”
I certainly join my colleagues in urging Americans to celebrate the progress this country has made in race relations. However, contrary to the claims of the supporters …. the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did not improve race relations or enhance freedom. Instead, the forced integration dictated increased racial tensions while diminishing individual liberty.