Civil Rights: Keeping a Promise

Conservative Southerners have long resented civil rights legislation and court rulings aimed solely at their region. Richard Nixon acknowledged their feeling last year by giving assurances that he would not support such measures. Last week he kept his promise.

Appearing before Emanuel Celler's House Judiciary Committee, Nixon's Attorney General, John Mitchell, went against bipartisan sentiment on the committee by opposing a five-year extension of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Instead, he offered a package that would broaden coverage to the whole country but risk weakened enforcement in the South.

Burden of Proof. The 1965 statute was passed because the case-by-case enforcement...

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