Wallace resuscitated his career by becoming a staunch opponent of integration and the “integratin’, scalawaggin’, carpetbaggin’ liars” that favored change. His message: When it came to the federal government, “resist them to the hilt” in defending the Southern way of life. . .
On the stump, Mr. Wallace always had a ready answer for the murder epidemic that hit Alabama after his election. He personally did not condone violence. But as civil rights leaders pointed out, that begged the question of the impact Mr. Wallace’s rhetorical violence had on the gross and simple minds of back-alley racists.
. . .[and] gave moral permission for thugs to use their pistols, lead pipes and dynamite. Mr. Wallace responded to such preachments with what Dan Carter correctly labeled a “reckless disregard” for the impact of his words on public safety in Alabama.
Dr. King was especially adamant that Wallace and other Southern politicians who inflamed racist sentiments were complicit in the era’s trail of blood. On September 16, 1963 — the day after four African-American girls were killed in a church bombing in Birmingham — King wrote:
The governor said things and did things which caused these people to feel that they were aided and abetted by the highest officer in the state. The murders of yesterday stand as blood on the hands of Governor Wallace.
Can Southern Civil Rights Era Be Climate Change Lesson for America?12 01 2011
- Date : January 12, 2011
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