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"Southerner Resents Civil Rights Story" (letter to the editor), Hanover College Triangle,  9 Apr. 1965, p. 2.

Dear Editors:

I personally resent the article written by Judy Helms in last week's TRIANGLE. I am a native of southern Florida and I know the Negro problem in the south. If you are going to write about Negro problems in the South spend a year down there and observe the real facts; you seemed to have missed it in your article after talking with only two people of which you're sure only one lived in the south.

I'll admit that Negro problems aren't specifically the same all over the South, but in general the issues are the same. When I speak of Negroes I don't mean the educated ones or the successful ones. I'm talking about the ones who have no education and what's more don't want one. The Negro in the South is dependent on the white because he finds security in not having to make the decisions. However in the majority of cities in the South the Negro is afforded an education in schools equal if not in some cases superior to the white schools.

You are right, the white in the south is taught that the Negro is inferior, but in actions only. This is not taught in any classroom but is learned merely by observation. When the Negro in the South decides to use his toilet instead of urinating off the back porch then and only then will he be accepted by the White majority of the south. Only when he takes advantage of the opportunities now afforded him will he become accepted. His color makes no difference. It's just that he doesn't give a darn about anything.

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Caroline Brunner (HC 2018) selected this article for Learning in Black and White, a study of African Americans at Hanover College from 1832 to 1980.
This is a faithful transcription of the text as it appears in the print version of the Triangle, available at the Hanover College Archives. A pair of misprinted lines have been corrected above.

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