When white southerners defied court

When white southerners defied court orders to admit black students to public schools, the phenomenon was dubbed “massive resistance.” Disgusted by the ugliness and illegality of such acts, the Power Line trio grew up learning the justice and virtue of treating people equally without regard to the color of their skin. Now, of course, the phenomenon of massive resistance has returned, and we are being asked every day to unlearn the lessons we were taught about the justice of equal treatment. The New York Times has waged a frivolous campaign over the past year demanding the admission of women to the private Augusta National Golf Club; but when it comes to equal treatment without regard to race, the Times now wages a deadly serious campaign in support of the policies of racial discrimination that permeate the admissions offices of competitive educational institutions. It lauds the efforts of these institutions to defy court rulings ordering them to disregard race and ethnicity in their admissions policies.
This morning’s New York Times carries a classic story of its kind, vividly illustrating how the spirit of Orval Faubus and Ross Barnett has migrated from the souls of the departed to the living bodies of the admissions officers at our finest universities: “Using synonyms for race, college strives for diversity.” (That should of course be “diversity”–a code word for race and racial discrimination.) One difference between today’s racists and yesterday’s is the support they receive from elite institutions such as the Times itself. In Arkansas, the Arkansas Gazette waged a brave campaign, a campaign that cost it thousands of subscriptions, to oppose Governor Faubus. Today’s New York Times supports him, so to speak.

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