MICHIGAN: Buyer Beware

On Detroit's comfortably middle-class Robson Avenue one evening last week, 500 angry people acted out a savage syllogism: 1) Negroes are not welcome on Robson Avenue, 2) the new family is Negro, 3) the new family must get out. To emphasize the harsh conclusion, bigot hands hurled stones through two front windows of the neat brick house. Inside, John Rouse and his family, who had moved in the day before, were shocked and bewildered.

A 69-year-old retired bodyguard who once worked for the late Detroit Industrialist Walter O. Briggs Sr., Rouse insisted that he was half Cherokee, half French Canadian,...

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