The Press: Dear Dixie

For more than three years, many Southern and Southwestern papers —dailies and weeklies, small-town and big—have printed an editorial slugged "Dear Dixie," purporting to have originated at the conservative Chicago Tribune. It is a mea culpa for the Northern press's coverage of racial incidents in the South. It begins: "Can you possibly find it in your heart to accept our sincere apology?" And it ends: "Perhaps we have not yet learned fully to appreciate what you have been trying to do —but for whatever belated comfort it may be, from our glass house we will not be throwing any more stones...

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