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John Gardiner: Northern liberals didn’t abandoned ‘white South’

George Boardman claims that “liberal northerners abandoned the white South by passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.” This assertion is both absurd and inaccurate.

Triumphs for American freedom, these acts received lopsided support in Congress upon passage. President Johnson (a white Southerner himself) intensely lobbied for both sets of legislation. No one was “abandoned” by laws that prohibit the most overt practices of racial segregation and discrimination, unless of course you were a bigot or a Southern politician beholden to what was essentially American apartheid in the 1960s.

It is a wholesale distortion to suggest that somehow these laws were a Northern conspiracy perpetrated against helpless white Southern victims. American became a better place when each act went into effect, but of course we still have much work to do.

John Gardiner

Grass Valley

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