The Nation: ... One Step Back

While the Nixon Administration took a relatively favorable position in an integration case last week, the Supreme Court came out on the other side in a decision concerning the public swimming pools of Jackson, Miss. By a 5-to-4 vote, the court ruled that Jackson had not violated any civil rights law by closing its pools instead of integrating them, as a lower court had ordered the city to do in 1963.

Writing for the majority, Justice Hugo Black was not moved by the fact that the local Y.M.C.A. had taken a pool it had leased to the city and now runs it...

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