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Segregation and Neighborhood Agreements

Shawn Leigh Alexander

in T. Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American Agitator

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032320
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039084 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032320.003.0022
Segregation and Neighborhood Agreements

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This chapter presents the editorial, “Segregation and Neighborhood Agreements,” where Fortune acknowledges that the Supreme Court's decision in Corrigan v. Buckley, in which the Court upheld the practice of restrictive covenants, and the recent race riots and denial of African Americans' rights in Arkansas and Michigan were signs that African American social and political rights have not improved. He argued, in fact, that the nation has not grown since the Taney Court and its Dred Scott ruling. The community, according to Fortune, may have no recourse but to resort to the “primitive law of self-defense.” Such a condition should not “prevail in any civilized country,” he argued, but getting “mobcrats to understand they will be met with violence in the same way and as often as they resort to it” may again be the only option for the African American citizen.

Keywords: editorials; Supreme Court; Corrigan v. Buckley; restrictive covenants; African Americans; civil rights; self-defense

Chapter.  1066 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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