Civil Rights: The Backlash

Some of the staunchest friends of civil rights were worried about excesses in the Negro revolution—and about the white reaction to those excesses.

Declared President Johnson last week: "We do not condone violence or taking the law into your own hands, or threatening the health or safety of our people." In a joint statement, Democratic Senator Hubert Humphrey and Republican Senator Thomas Kuchel, leaders of the Senate drive to pass the civil rights bill, warned: "Civil wrongs do not bring civil rights. Civil disobedience does not bring equal protection under the laws." And national leaders of the N.A.A.C.P., the Urban...