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· !l'hs News oldest business institution in 'l'exas, was established in 1841

whi le Texas was a Republic
E. M. (Ted) Dealey
Publis~er
James M. Moroney Sr.
Chafnilan of the Board
Joseph M~ Dealey
President
H. Ben Decherd Jr.
Joseph A. Lubben
Chairman, Executive Committea
• Executive Vice-President
William C. Smellagl!
SecretnrY
James M. Moroney Jr.
Vlce-PrP.sldent and Treullfff'-·
Jack B. Krueger
Manai\ni Editor
Dlek West
Editorial Editor
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1966
The Trials of Atlanta
_ UNTIL THIS week, t~e City of Atlanta had maintained a glowing reputation as one of the hardest-working
~ommunities in the building of interracial harmony and progress. Through
the efforts and cooperation of whites
and Negroes, it established itself as a
model of peaceful integration, a model
studiei by other Southern communities trying to solve their own racial
problems.
Then Stokely Carmichael came to
town with his inflammatory sales
pitch for "black power" and his rantings against "the white devils." And
on Tuesday night, Carmichael's loudspeaker campaign came' to fruition
with the rioting of a mob. This mob
a ttacked the mayor, who tried to reason with its members. It attacked the
policemen who tried to restore order.
But it did more-it attacked the concept Atlanta has represented, the concept that real compromise and cooperation can achieve a spirit in ·wnich all
races can work together to build a
better city.
• THIS WAS perhaps the greatest
damage that the mob did. Now other
city fathers may be tempted -to shrug
t heir shoulders and say: "What's the
use? Atlanta ·has done as much as any
city in the South to make co_operative
integration work, and look what happened."
Dallas citizens in particular may
be discouraged by Atlanta's experience, for the two cities are very much
alike in their populations, in their
economies and in their attempts to
build through interracial cooperation.
But before we decide to abandon
the path that Dallas and Atlanta have
tried to follow, it would serve us well
to look deeper into the events of the
current week. There is more to the
story than the headlined activities of
Carmichael's SNCC barnstormers or
of the hundreds of young rioters.
We should note that there were
Negro as well as white leaders who
tried, at the risk of their safety, to
quell the viole·nce. There were Negro
as well as white policemen who skillfully restored order before the riot
turned into a bloodbath.
And, perhaps most important, the
Negro Atlantans, local civil-rights
leaders and ministers, were the ones
who organized a door-to-door campaign the following day to counter
Carmichael's efforts to turn the city
into a battleground.
IN SHORT, in Atlanta, there is a
durable fabric of society, a fabric that
has been woven of both white and
black threads through the years of cooperation. The efforts of these years
have not been as dramatic or as wellpublicized as the riot, but in the final
analysis they should prove to be more
lasting in their results.
These results of the work of men
of good will will not be destroyed
overnight by men of Carmichael's
stripe. Rational Atlantans of both
races cannot stand by and see their
community torn asunder, because
those of both races know that they
have a stake in its future .
The Rev. Samuel Williams, president of the Atlanta chapter of the
NAACP, summed it up most succinctly when he declared:
"Atlanta is not by far a perfect
city but it is too great to be destroyed
by simpleminded bigotry."

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