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(Paul Craig Roberts) Recently I found on one of my bookshelves a book, Can the South Survive?, sent to me by the author two decades ago. Obviously, I had never had time to read it. Curious, I gave it a quick read. I found some good material and a lot of anger that deepened my understanding that many Southerners, who were not racists, viewed coerced desegregation of neighborhood schools and false accusations against Southerners as a second Reconstruction. The North Easterners enjoyed their virtue-signaling with their parodies and misrepresentations of Southern life.
The answer to the author’s 20-year old question is that the South did not survive. As has been Washington’s way, John and Robert Kennedy relied on force not persuasion and lacked the patience for the changes occurring in the South to bring about the desired result. The matter was suddenly urgent, and forced social change was Washington’s means. Kids who could walk to school in 5 or 10 minutes were now bused across town, an hour or more each way. Parent-Teacher Association meetings that had kept discipline under control and standards up were no longer possible given the long commutes. The mixing of all economic classes and different behaviors in one Tower of Babel destroyed both discipline and standards. In effect, integration was achieved at the expense of education.
The South’s second destruction at the hands of Washington happened in many ways. Southern universities would not hire their own Ph.D. graduates. Instead, they tried to gain Northern approval by hiring from the Ivy League, hoping some of the…Erasing a Country’s History Also Erases the Country |