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then: I have been in Washington Square Park on a Sunday afternoon
late, like 4 o'clock, when suddenly the complexion of the park
has changed. Maybe on an ordinary Sunday when you get an enormous
amount of tourists coming down, and the park will be maybe 75%
white. I haven't counted it, but say that would be it. And
suddenly in the afternoon, maybe as it gets closer to dark and
people are leaving, the complexion changes; and it may be more
than 50% black. It becomes frightening. Maybe I'm using the
word “frightening” too loosely. But there is a different kind
of air about the place. It's got to be dealt with.
While I'm on this subject, which undoubtedly has a bigoted
nature but I think there's so much truth to it, I think the worst
thing that the Supreme Court's ever done (and I didn't think
that years ago but I do now) was to require in effect racial
balance in the school system. I don't believe in racial balance
imposed by law. If it happens in a natural way, fine.
Why don't I believe in racial balance in the schools?
Because it doesn't work, because it destroys the public school
system. People who were sending their kids to the public
school -- white middle class people -- take them out if they
can afford it. And the only people who are left there are the
poor, Boston being the best illustrations but I haven't been in
Boston so I can just talk about it like an outsider. But I
can see the City of New York.
In the City of New York, the school population, which
had been white by way of majority, is now black by way of
majority in the elementary and high school situations. Why?
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