Nation: What Good?

James Meredith knows what James Baldwin is writing about. Off for the holidays from the University of Mississippi campus, where he still suffers constant harassment from white students, Meredith last week visited Chicago—and scarcely had he arrived when he learned that several shotgun blasts had been fired at his father's home in Kosciusko, Miss.

Nobody was hurt, but, Meredith insisted at a press conference, that was not the point. "I haven't asked the local law enforcement to help because even if they knew who did it, they wouldn't do anything," he said. "But I'm not interested in what they do. I'm concerned...

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