Americans Need Some Discipline

Abstract

This Daily Californian editorial calls for "self-restraint" in civil rights demonstrations and a return to the "hard work, thrift, and adherence to the moral precepts that form the basis for this democracy." It continues to maintain that gratuitous demonstrations cause racial riots and violence, provoking the "wrath of whites who resent Negro intrusion in their neighborhoods" and thus undermine political support for Dr. King's cause. Dr. King should heed the advice of Roy Wilkins, the Executive Secretary of the NAACP, who holds the opinion that "there is a time and place for marches." Throughout there are references to Great Britain's "belt-tightening," and a return to more sane measures.

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