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RANDOM NOTES AND THOUGHTS, JOTTED DOWN BE
TWEEN ULCER PAINS AND CONSCIENCE:
It was in His image that God made man; He then
made woman, so that she could improve on His image.
Early in May a friend of mine — no, an ex-friend —
was driving his air-conditioned Cadillac from his home in
Texas to a small town in Louisiana. Being preoccupied with
his constant worry, the fate of Western Civilization, he neg
lected to turn the ignition key to the proper place one
night; the result was that he had a run-down battery. The
next morning he went to a service station to have the batt
ery re-charged. This man, whose name I think best not to
mention, is an artist; always, in his Cadillac, he carries a
metal container filled with photographic equipment. It was
a hot morning, so he asked if it was okay to sit the con
tainer inside the service station while the battery was being
re-cnargea.
“Yeah, sure,” said the service station operator, looking
at the box long and hard, and, at the same time, taking j
note of the Texas tag on his car.
“Thank you,” my friend said.
“Whatcha got in there,” the service station fellow
asked, “a bomb?”
“No,” answered my friend — the one with the air
conditioned Cadillac — “it’s just photographic supplies and
equipment.”
“Hummp!” grunted the service station man, showing
obvious signs of disappointment, “I thought it might be a
bomb and you were headin’ for Birmingham to blast them ;
niggers.” He paused a moment, but my air-conditioned
friend said nothing. “I thought if you were going to Birm
ingham with a bomb, I’d just give you the gas to go on.”
Perhaps I should be concerned with and about the man
with the service station; such, however, is not the case at
all. I’m worried about my Texas friend — absolutely no
imagination, I’d say.
When last I heard from him he was still in the little
town in Louisiana — making a bomb for use at the seivice
station.
What with sit-ins, sit-outs, pray-ins, and pray-outs go
ing on all over Dixieland these days, I’ve begun to wonder
once more just what the devil the Negroes think they’re
doing.
Apparently, there are four basic areas of grave concern
to them. Of course, there are more', but these seem basic:
PUBLIC SCHOOLS
PUBLIC FACILITIES (Those other than the schools.)
PUBLIC EATING PLACES
VOTING
This is a plea to those Negro citizens who are concerned
with, who are working for, the above mentioned things.
Now, look, fellows, for heaven’s sake keep your children
out of the schools. You have to look around you to see why
I say that. Do you want your children to grow up and beat
people with night sticks, to turn dogs loose on your fellow
(Continued On Page 2)
A BOOK
REVIEW
FORGOTTEN PIONEER by Harry
Golden, with illustrations by
Leonard Vosburgh. World Pub
lishing Co., Cleveland and New
York. 1963. 157 pp. $4.00.

The famous editor of one-man
Carolina Israelite and author of
five successive best-sellers has a
quick eye for iridescence, which is
sometimes but not always a rain- j
bowlike play of color on soap
bubbles.
No matter about the causes of
the coloration, Harry Golden is not
a scientist. His affinity is in the
other direction toward art. His
soul is stirred by what his eye
observes; so you had better try
to go along with artists generally
(Continued on Page 2)
We’ve Know It All Along—
The South Will Rise Again!
FLASH! JACKSON, MISS.,
APRIL 1: The Sovereign Nation
of Mississippi under the leadership
of Benefactor the Honorable Ross
R. Barnett today seceded from the
Union for the second time in its
145 year history. Said the Bene
factor upon this memorable occa
sion, “I know all right-thinking
people everywhere will support us
in our determination to preserve
constitutional democracy and the
Southern Way of Life.”
JACKSON, APRIL 2: Delegates
to the Constitutional Convention
today clashed over the 10th
Amendment, which reserves cer
tain powers to the Central Gov
ernment. Overriding the wishes of
the Benefactor, the amendment
was roundly defeated. The meet
ing adjourned with a unanimous
decision to deny seats to Conven
tion delegates from the State of
^Leflore (former home of Frank
Smith).
JACKSON. APRIL 3: In his first
official act, the Benefactor in a
personal communique to governors
of the 82 States of the Sovereign
Nation of Mississippi proclaimed
today that the Doctrine of Inter
position will henceforth be con
sidered null and void.
ATLANTA, GA„ APRIL 4: Re
action to Mississippi’s secession is
mixed in this southern city. Many
citizens are in strong agreement
with the President’s stand of
‘ Good riddance” as expressed at
yesterday’s press conference. Con
versely, the White Citizen’s Coun
cil here is sponsoring White Free
dom Rides to Mississippi and tick
ets are at a premium.
JACKSON. APRIL 5: Secretary
of State Leander Perez’s first
(Continued on Page 2)
An Editorial In Three Words—
A John Howard Griffin Photo
CLYDE KENNARD'S MOTHER

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