Hart Trouble

Odd nominee for civil rights

For all its announced good intentions, the Reagan White House has a singular gift for trampling on the sensitivities of black Americans. Last week the Reaganauts stumbled again. The White House nominated the Rev. B. Sam Hart, 52, a little-known evangelical minister and broadcaster from Philadelphia, to serve on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, an advisory committee responsible for monitoring the enforcement of civil rights laws.

Hart is black and favors integrated schools, but he believes the Government "shouldn't force citizens to do anything they don't want to...

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