Civil Rights: Up from Silence

Edward Brooke has never been the noisemaking sort of politician. Though the Massachusetts Republican is the Senate's only black member, he has declined close identification with black causes. Out of a combination of party loyalty and personal inclination, Brooke has not attacked the Administration on racial issues during the past 14 months.

Opposed President. Last week he could no longer contain himself. On a CBS radio show, Capitol Cloakroom, the Senator accused the Nixon Administration of making a "cold, calculated political decision" to give blacks short shrift. It is "a suburban as...

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