The South: The Mixmasters

The President said that segregation of pupils must be eliminated root and branch, and that it must be done at once. School desegregation is a racial problem. It's raw racial prejudice, and there's no other name for it.

Robert Mardian, executive director of Richard Nixon's Cabinet Committee on Education, has earned the grudging nickname of "the Mixmaster" from Southerners for using just such tough language with local officials who still maintain separate school systems for blacks and whites. For an Administration widely thought to be wedded to a "Southern strategy," the new...

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