Judges: The Education of Tom Brady

Not long ago, Justice Tom P. Brady of the Mississippi Supreme Court was worst known as the philosopher of Mississippi's racist white Citizens' Councils and the polemical author of Black Monday, a Negro-baiting tract attacking the U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 school desegregation decision. Brady, then a state Circuit Court judge, insisted that the decision was "not the law of the land." Said he: "The loveliest and the purest of God's creatures, the nearest thing to an angelic being that treads this terrestrial ball is a well-bred, cultured Southern white woman, or her blue-eyed, golden-haired little girl." By contrast, he...

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