Ideas that died young: Biracial coalition for segregation

“Unwilling to let even one black child attend school with their sons and daughters, diehard Tar Heel segregationists [in the late 1950s] resorted to desperate measures, even attempting to muster a biracial coalition….

“The charter for the North Carolina Defenders of State’s Rights… called for all men ‘who have pride in their race, whether they be white or Negro…. to show it. Let honorable men take their stand for their inalienable rights, their race and their country.’

“Evidently, no black men answered the call.”

— From “I Am a Man!” by Steve Estes (2005)