. . ‘ 4,k rt ..10. 1: 3.4 ; 4..< "4.?4.0.144404,44, alssound almost bored. "It's not going to result in any upheaval," said Cong. James Mackay of Georgia's fourth congressional parently forgetful of the 32 counties in Mississippi alone where less than 1% of the Negro adult population is registered "It's a crying shame that handful of county courthouse officials have put the nation to this trouble." What is happening in Georgia is a good illustration of why the race pendulum in politics will not likely be stopped by additional voters. Gov . Carl Sanders operated for three years in the glow of national approval for his racial liberality. But now that he hankers after Sen. Richard Russell's seat in the election next year, there seems to be a faint Massa Jekyll hardening of his voiceand this was beginning to occur even as the voter registration chive opened. He told the clamoring Negro demonstrators in Americus that they ought to hush up and be good. He told "outside agitators" they ought to go back where they came from. The Negroes got so peeved they went around town chanting, "Ain't gonna let Carl Sanders turn me 'round, turn me 'round!" Everybody knows what Sanders is up to, of course, but Roy Harris, who has had something to do with electing just about every governor of Georgia during the last 30 years, explains it best: "The Negroes aren't going to have much impact next time. The Negro leaders are disappointed and for good reason. They aren't getting 'em out. The big vote drive has already flopped. They're down to the level of Negroes who are just like most whiteswho don't give a damn about politics. Up to now they have been dealing with Negroes who were all pepped up and worked up by some organization, but all of those Negroes have registered. "Sanders wouldn't get more than 235,000 Negro votes. He needs 400,000 white votes besides, to beat Russell. He's overrating the liberal strength. A lot of Georgians held their noses to vote for Goldwater. They'll be only too happy to Note Democratic again for Russell." So Sanders is swinging right because it's his only chance to get the necessary votes. And the Negroes will have to go with him anyway, because up to now he's the nearest thing to a liberal in the race. As Dr. C. A. Bacote, chairman of the history departed out with wry honesty, "Well, Sanders was the first governor who would give us an audience and that's something. In the South, the Negro has to take the lesser of two evils." CONCESSIONS have been few and, such as they are, have been cropping up since long before the new registration law. After all, without that law's assistance, more than 500,000 Negroes in the Confederacy states were added to the rolls during the past year. Louisiana Gov. John McKeithen has set up a statewide bi-racial committee, a first ; Georgia Sen. Herman Talmadge is publicly inviting more Negroes to come in the front door and sit down in the parlor at his plantation outside Atlanta i \(actually this hospitality began several years ago, but lace has almost totally shifted from his anti-Negro posture to an anti-communist one, and he gives visiting Negro leaders autographed photos of himself. Only trifles, but not even that in Mississippi. And in South Carolina, although Negroes there have announced plans to add 100,000 to the rolls before the next election, both Republican and Democratic white leaders have competed lately to see who could dissociate themselves faster from the newcomers. "The new law might end up favoring Republican candidates," said J. Drake Edens Jr., South Carolina GOP chairman. "It could promote a white versus Negro voting habit." He insisted that that was the last 41P77-1Mg/17771.1.1"".."11"..7.7.1r." '/;:lrilr."771#7: t 47,* 7, ' ; .,; . , ;7,;4 * ;,..; . 4s , .7. ! _ 1 ;'. * : i '
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