Civil Rights: Desegregation Yes, Integration No

Unquestionably, it was time for Richard Nixon to be heard from on the subject of school desegregation. The Administration's attempt to delay court-ordered desegregation in Mississippi, the firing of a determined liberal who headed HEW's civil rights division, the President's own repeated criticism of busing children to force integration—all had raised confusion about just where the White House stood on one of the nation's most serious and emotion-laden issues. In an 8,000-word statement, the President last week delivered his message: desegregation yes; integration no. Where official barriers to desegregation exist, Nixon would oppose them. Where positive measures are required to...

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