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The Southern Case for School Segregation

reviewed by Ruth Landes - 1963

coverTitle: The Southern Case for School Segregation
Author(s): J. J. Kilpatrick
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: , Pages: , Year:
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This partisan, heated book by a Virginia newspaperman strains to show that the Negro always has been "inferior," that the South justifiably wants generalized race discrimination, and that the 1954 Supreme Court Decision is wrong and bad. Kilpatrick's first section attacks individual scholars, from Franz Boas on, whose research supported the 1954 decision. Thus, "Miss" Ruth Benedict "girlishly cries," "is fairly transported," and "belong(s) in a ... very small footnote." Ashley Montagu is "a monstrously irritating man." The "entire school of Franz Boas . . . holds . . . in some cases almost hysterically" that culture explains much Negro achievement. Gunnar Myrdal's "specious and shabby rationalizations based upon 'discrimination' simply will not hold up. . . ." Kilpatrick never considers how Negroes, admittedly Americans, can be equably involved with the American society they helped create and support. Stressing Negroes' low scores on various formal tests, he never relates them to... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 64 Number 8, 1963, p. 734-734
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2966, Date Accessed: 11/30/2020 12:25:37 PM

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