VA Swede Wrote:
"He established Ine SEGREGATED school, after the federal rulings against segregation."
I take it you are referring to Luther Jackson.
So after waiting and finally getting their own high school in Fairfax County can you imagine the anger if they turned around and opened up this first class school as an integrated school?
The black community was instrumental in the planning of that school up to and including the curriculum. Manassas Industrial was known for teaching "trade" skills. The black community wanted both trade and academics. There are testimonials on the internet of graduates who ended up in the trades, had a comfortable life and were thankful.
Mr. Muse was an ardent support of desegregation. Benjamin Muse (WaPo 4/25/54) wrote a very good article about the fact that the black community was not anxious to go to white schools; they liked their own schools as long as they were not substandard, and in Northern Virginia they were not. That was covered in the Civil Rights commission report. The same attitudes were confirmed in the interview with Mr. Oswald (black principal). E.B. Henderson NAACP President raved about how pleased he was with the James Lee elementary school. Black parents sued to keep their children in Louise Archer and not attend Flint Hill.
As late as 1965 (NOTE 1965!) these young ladies were assigned to Thomas Edison but insisted on returning to Luther Jackson, Fairfax gave them the choice. "Their senior year, Ford, King and McNeill had the option to attend the base school for their area, Edison, but chose to graduate from Luther Jackson."
So were the blacks against white people for wanting their own schools? Was it hate? In the article above is a quote… In King’s family, she said, regarding Caucasian students, “they didn’t want to put it in our mind that we’re not as good as they are.”
Are we now all so "enlightened" that we realize it was nothing but hate?