The Nation: Dirty Harry

South Carolinian Harry Dent is an old-fashioned back room political operative, a presidential counselor and one of the Nixon Administration's liaison men with the South. At a meeting with a group of regional newsmen whom he took to be good old Southern boys, Dent observed that the President's plan to review all court-ordered busing might lead to the elimination of most Southern busing plans to achieve racial balance in schools. When asked how the blacks on Nixon's staff would react to that kind of a civil rights retreat, Dent joked, "Oh, we got a boat for them that's leaving for Nigeria."

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