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The Possum is Put to Guarding the Chicken Coop The Same Old Possum Has Turned Researcher ast Texan for Henry Let those flatter who fear, it is not an American art.JEFFEMON THE TEXAS RESEARCH LEAGUE a rgyrnert We did not think the White Citizens Council of Dallas would go as far as it has, but even less did we suspect that 330 Dallas ministers would associate themselves even indirectly with a virtual invitation to “another Little Rock.” The Citizens. Council has released the list of Dallas ministers, representing eleven Protestant denominations. The ministers say they are “opposed to the mixing” of whites and Negroes in public schools. In the statement announcing this, and listing the ministers’ names, the Citizens Council commented: “Our White Citizens Councils are just as anxious to prevent another Washington or New York as to prevent another Little Rock in Dallas.” This irresponsible statement means, in plain English, that the Dallas racists are “just as” against integration as They are against “another Little Rock in Dallas.” More than 300 other Protestant ministers and , five Jewish rabbis earlier called fbr moral and spiritual guidance in carrying out the “ord a 5axeo We were pleased to read that over at Miami, Florida, a considerable distance from Austin, Gov. Daniel told other governors there convened not only that he is against federal aid to education, which every Texan who isn’t blind and deaf knows, but that the states “need to have the nerve to levy more taxes at =a state level to carry out the necessary programs and to do the job that needs to be done.” Now that we know that Gov. Daniel is in fivor of new taxes for the schools, we await his assessment of the desperate needs of the school childreri for more classrooms and better-paid teachers and just how much the program will cost. When and if he tells us the answer to that one, he may not find so many Texans ready to go along with him in refusing to accept back the state’s share of Texans’ tax money sent to Washington. Bar Bell, A thought o a thought : if the state Democratic executive committee does bar Wilbert Lee O’Daniel from the ballot, how will it respond to the point that William Blakley, “Democrat” of Dallas, ought to be barred by the same reasoning, since he supported Eisenhower both in 1952 and 1956? True, a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds ; which is why the executive committee probably won’t muster the bravado to bar anybody. Published by Texas Observer Co., Ltd. MAY 23, 1958 Rennie Dugger Editor and General Manager Sarah Payne, Office Manager Dean Johnston, Cireulatien-Advertising EDITORIAL and BUSINESS OFFICE: 504 West 24th St, Austin, Texas. Phone GReenwood 7-0746. HOUSTON OFFICE: 1012 Dennis, Mrs. R. D. Randolph, Dean Johnston. Entered as second-class matter, April 26, 1$37, at the Post Office at Austin, Texas, under the Act of March 3, 1879. erly fulfillment of the law.” Representing 13 denominations, the ministers, \(all white, as they did not invite Negro clergymen to join with the demands of God impels us to speak.” Thus we have in Dallas a clear division between those in the white clergy who have learned from Little Rock and wish to exert their influence for brotherhood and order and those who have associated themselves, not only with defiance of the national law and the ethical values which the doctrine of integration embodies, but also with a Citizens Council which stands ready to risk “another Little Rock.” We trust that the people and officials of Dallas will see the ruinous consequences of following the Citizens Council when they are called upon to initiate integration. What? News Report of the Week, from the Marshall News-Messenger, on Braniff Bill’s handshaking, “speechless” campaign through Central Texas : “He met voters with, ‘Hell, I’m Bill Blakley.’ Sometimes he forgot to tell them he is running for the Senate.” He had told them what matters, hadn’t he? Correction. Franklin Jones of Marshall calls ex-Sen. William Blakley “Billionaire Bill.” Correctedthat Blakley has but $100 to $200 millionhe responds, “Oh, that’s right, isn’t it?” Unnerved A lunchtable discussion reminds us we have not recently needled Senator Yarborough. We are unnerved to learn a recent editorial of ours may be used in evidence for his re-election ; we suspect a weakening of our critical powers. e motion., Because Democrats are now divided as to the best course to follow in the Gonzalez matter, it strikes us that this is a dangerous period for liberalism. Our position is clear; but we hope that in the disagreements now proceeding, the disputants practice personal forbearance, and refuse to question carelessly others’ good faith, even as they vigorously follow the course they think best. Published once a week from Austin, Texas. Delivered postage prepaid $4 per annum. Advertising rates available on request Extra copies 10c each. Quantity prices available on orders. We will serve no group or party but will hew to the truth as we find it and the right as we see it. We are dedicated to the whole truth, to human values above all interests, to the rights of man as the foundation of democracy; we will takel orders from none but our own conscience, and never will we overlook or misrepresent the truth to serve the interests of the powerful or cater to the ignoble in the human spirit \(East Texan weekly editor Archer Fullingim of the Kountze News last week blasted off for Sen. Henry Gonzalez fOr governor. Fullingim is a segregationist. Excerpts follow. “Who are you going to vote for in the governor’s race? You have your choice of several candidates. There’s Daniel, a fellow named Vandygriff, Pappy W. Lee O’Daniel, and State Senator Henry Gonzalez of San Antonio. Then there is a fellow from Orange but can’t remember his name. Price, Pappy, and Vandy are Republicans and are as much alike as three peas in a pod. So Henry Gonzalez who says he’s of Mexican ancestry who fought against dictators \(including I’d have to vote for him whether I liked him or not \(and I happen to adonly Democrat in the race. “With Gonzalez in the race, the 1958 governor’s campaign may be interesting, what with Pappy accusing Price of being a nigger lover and Price accusing Henry of being a nigger lover. Price and Pappy are fundamentally so much alike that people may turn to Gonzalez as if for a fresh breath. Right now I’m going to make this statement : Texas, the nation and the Democratic party needs a man like Gonzalez in the governor’s office. That man has guts, gumption and grandeur. ‘He showed more courage and brains in that filibuster he threw in the senate during the last session of the Legislature than has been seen around Austin since James Stephen Hogg squared off against the railroads. “I don’t agree with all Gonzalez says and stands for, just as you Ike Likers can’t possibly agree with all Ike has done, but I’ll take him before I’d take the kind of weasling you get from either Price or Pappy. Both of the latter have the same kind of courage that A. Shivers had when he played the deaf mute at the time his pal, B. Giles was confessing to swindling millions from the state treasury. One thing about Gonzalez you know what he really is. So the Kountze News, the first newspaper in Texas to endorse Lyndon Johnson in 1948, Ralph Yarborough in 1952, 1954, and 1956 is now likely the first to come out for Henry Gonzalez for governor. “The hateful term above I used, `Nigger lover,’ should have been in quotation marks, because it is not in my vocabulary. It is a term that I loathe and one which I never use. It was used by the FDR haters, the Yarborough haters, and will be used by the Gonzalez haters. The term is the essence of sinful hate and any politician who uses it is as low as a snake in a wagon rut … let them call me a ‘nigger lover’ for I’m proud that I don’t hate the Negro, and I hope that Henry Gonzalez is also proud to be by the likes of Daniel and Pappy O’Daniel. I believe the Supreme Court was wrong and that Ike was wrong but not because I hate the colored citizen.” Zip Trims Mistruer ciallo l o