Civil Rights: No Miracles

Last week's White House conference on Negro problems was a year in gestation. Lyndon Johnson conceived it in a speech at Howard University last June, then appointed a 30-man council to bring it to life. An amalgam of civil rights leaders, businessmen, educators, labor-union representatives and public officials, the council dreamed up a 104-page report that seemed to ask for a pie in every sky. Specifically, it called for sterner enforcement of civil rights statutes, "guaranteed employment" for all able to work, and equalization throughout the country of per-pupil spending on public education while nearly doubling the figure to...

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