Nation: In the Privacy of the Booth

All the best people in Kansas City were for it. The evening Star urged its passage in front-page editorials on five different days. The Chamber of Commerce, labor unions and most church groups added their agreement. About the only organized opposition came from the Kansas City Tavern Owners' Association, whose president, Charles Geneva, predicted: "In the privacy of the voting booth, a lot of people will vote against this racial bill."

Geneva was right. At the polls last week, a majority of Kansas City's whites voted against a tough new public-accommodations ordinance. It won approval, and thus will become law, by the...

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