Civil Rights: The Dangers of Militancy

While white men in Washington were arguing about civil rights legislation, the surging Negro outburst crashed beyond the limits of law, beyond the old framework of passive resistance, into a dangerous new dimension of violence. In their new mood of militancy, many Negroes were jeering down moderate leaders as "Uncle Toms" and heeding more violent voices.

Militancy brought clashes of fists, stones, clubs, guns. In Cambridge, Md., a brief truce between Negroes and whites quickly gave way to warfare, with bands of armed and angry men roving the streets (see following story). In Savannah, Ga., ignoring appeals for caution voiced by...

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