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Re: “Despite school sentiment, Harding's leader said no to integration

By the way, my complaint was about the boraxy headline in the print edition. It appears differently in the online edition.

Posted by augustus on 06/11/2012 at 7:03 AM

Re: “Despite school sentiment, Harding's leader said no to integration

Fascinating article. As a Harding grad who was raised in Alabama during the integration era, I'm glad to have evidence from primary sources that the students and faculty at Harding were vocal about their support for leaving behind the morally unconscionable segregation that permeated society and education during the Jim Crow days. Dr. Benson did as many other men of his time who were charged with the protection and growth of institutions both large and small, from churches to country clubs to the armed forces, during that transition era -- he hesitated and resisted out of fear of unpredictable consequences to the institution. We'd like to believe that our leaders would lead morally without fear of consequence, but this article was a great example of what has always been true -- the young can be the idealists among us in part because they aren't responsible for our institutions yet. The great Progressives of our nation's government likewise did not run quickly to full integration without reservation. History is rife with examples of racism on the part of twentieth century American leaders who were otherwise admirable.

My only complaint is that the headline made it appear that article would be an indictment of the institution -- that Harding somehow was in unanimity on the subject, which was not the substance of the piece. It was rather a pretty balanced assessment of the man, rather than the institution.

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Posted by augustus on 06/10/2012 at 6:59 PM

 

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