The Supreme Court: Indecisive Decision

Time after time in the past decade, the Supreme Court has held that discrimination by private individuals is not forbidden by the U.S. Constitution. But how to distinguish between private acts and public responsibility? Last week the court tried again to deal with the question and stirred up almost as much controversy as it settled.

When U.S. Senator Augustus Octavius Bacon died in 1914, he left 100 acres to his home town of Macon, Ga., as a park "for the sole, perpetual and unending use of the white women, white girls, white boys and white children of Macon." Half a...

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