Re: New non-offensive name for WT Woodson high school
Stop False Flag Arguments
Date: October 21, 2020 08:12PM
Continued from above.
W.T. Woodson was a segregationist. He wasn't an obnoxious one like Harry Byrd, but he did actively oppose the integration of Fairfax County schools on more than legal grounds. If you won't accept my conclusion then how about Woodson's own words.
From a July, 1959 letter, five years after Brown:
"The order to desegregate schools is highly improper and infringes on human rights. To force integration of schools is to force social mixing, since attendance in public schools is usually compulsory. Next to the home the public school brings people into closest social relationship. Association in hotels, restaurants, buses, trains, airplanes, and churches is less serious since relationship among people in these situations is not so close or intimate and people have a choice with whom they wish to associate, it not being required by law, as pupils in a classrooms and in school activities."
"To force desegregation in schools is most unfair. It takes advantage of the immaturity of children in that it tends to use it to force upon both parents and children social adjustments to which so many parents strongly object. What part should parents play in choosing their children’s associates?"
Compare this with the sentiments expressed by School Board member Robert Davis around the same time. Davis did say that given the mandates of Virginia law Fairfax should require a court order before integrating. He went on to say:
"I am writing this letter to you and enclosing copies which you may, if you choose, furnish to the other members of the School Board and to Mr. Woodson and to the attorneys representing the School Board in the desegregation litigation."
"I was concerned at our meeting Tuesday evening by the fact that at least some persons present considered that it could be ethical and proper for the School Board or its attorneys to accept the 1954 decision of the Supreme Court of the United States as the law of the land, but still do everything in their power to impede or delay or prevent the implementation of that law."
"The result of proceeding in the manner I have set forth above would undoubtedly result in a delay of a final order to desegregate the schools in Fairfax County. This, to my mind, should not be allowed to influence our decision one way or the other. If we believe that the approach should be as I have stated above, it should be made. If not, no attempt should be made to avoid or delay application of the ruling of the Supreme Court at all."
"If and when, either by legal decision or by the operation of state law, the authority comes into the hands of the School Board to desegregate the schools of Fairfax County, then, if the School Board decides to accept what is laid down as law in the 1954 decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, without contesting the propriety of that decision, it is the duty of the School Board to attempt to formulate an entirely honest plan for giving effect to that 1954 decision in all honesty, and without any attempt to hedge or delay in any way. We, as members of the School Board, and as good citizens, cannot countenance a dodge or evasion or undue and unreasonable postponement of the implementation of the decision when the time comes. Furthermore, the lawyers who represent the School Board, and we on the School Board who are lawyers cannot, if we are to be properly ethical, countenance delaying or evasive tactics."
Then remember that during this same time period there were good people in Arlington County who were choosing to follow the Supreme Court's directions and paid a price for it.