The Law: The Siege of Port Gibson

Down in Mississippi, said Lawyer Nathaniel Jones bitterly, "those who resist change now realize that they can accomplish more by manipulating the legal system and the guys with the black robes than if they go out publicly in the white robes of the K.K.K." Jones, who is general counsel of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, had good reason for his angry observation. Last week the N.A.A.C.P. narrowly averted financial disaster. Ironically for the organization that so often used the law and its own national resources to break segregation in...