THE PRESIDENCY: Deeds v. Ideals

In Aberdeen, Miss, last week, a Negro, exonerated by proper process of law, was seized by a lynch mob of white men, shot twice and left to die. In Baltimore, a synagogue was desecrated. A public opinion poll showed that one-third of the nation thinks Jews have too much economic power; one out of seven believes that Catholics have too much political power.

This kind of news was evidence that in a country where all men are legally free & equal there is a wide and continuing gap between U.S. deeds and U.S. ideals. Eleven months ago President Truman appointed...

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