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- "the s**t you need to learn" -Nas
In 1961 District Judge Harold Cox was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. He was known as a racist but received the appointment because of his solemn promise to enforce U.S. laws and the Constitution. Does this sound like anyone we're hearing about during present times?? (hint:John G. Roberts) Further proof that history repeats itself. Cox's justification for not providing Blacks with equal rights was that they didn't possess the same intellectual integrity as Whites. Fact: In 1960, only 7.7 percent of the entire White population of Mississippi had attended college. I wonder what the percentage of White college graduates was. My point in saying this is that Cox's statement was based on the White population receiving, on average, 6 years more education than the Black population (most of them stopped attending school after the sixth grade.) Which isn't saying much because only 42 percent of the White population attended high school. Was he really a credible source?? Where did he fall in this list of percentages?? Also, he failed to mention that Blacks were unable to finish their education because of economic conditions created by people like him in positions of power. African Americans are only a little better off in the year of 2005 (as can be seen through the pending appointment of Roberts to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.) We can stop the influx of negative stereotypes about the race but we have to get in positions of power to do so. Opportunities exist for us we just have to search for them. We need to get on a level where we can't be denied equal rights because of "intellectual incompetence." We're in a better position to do all of this now than we've ever been.