The civil rights measures of the 1960’s engraved solemn rights in the legal literature. But after writing piecemeal and incomplete legislation and proclaiming its historic importance in magnificent prose, the American Government left the Negro to make the unworkable work.
Throughout our history, laws affirming Negro rights have consistently been circumvented…. Laws that affect the whole population- draft laws, income-tax laws, traffic laws- manage to work even though they may be unpopular; but laws passed for the Negro’s benefit are so widely unforced that is is a mockery to call them laws. - Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967 @defineamerican @joseiswriting