How to Read a Noose

Troy Duster in the Chronical Review:

The Second Reconstruction in the 1960s, beginning with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, gave black people access to the work force, the voting booth, and public accommodations like hotels and restaurants. Among the many defending white privilege at the time was George H.W. Bush. Running for the Senate in Texas in 1964, Bush viciously attacked his opponent, Ralph Yarborough, for voting in favor of the Civil Rights Act, characterizing Yarborough as a left-wing demagogue.

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