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T. Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American AgitatorA Collection of Writings, 1880-1928$
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Shawn Leigh Alexander

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032320

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032320.001.0001

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Segregation and Neighborhood Agreements

Segregation and Neighborhood Agreements

(p.203) 22 Segregation and Neighborhood Agreements
T. Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American Agitator

Shawn Leigh Alexander

University Press of Florida

This chapter presents the editorial, “Segregation and Neighborhood Agreements,” where Fortune acknowledges that the Supreme Court's decision in Corrigan v. Buckley, in which the Court upheld the practice of restrictive covenants, and the recent race riots and denial of African Americans' rights in Arkansas and Michigan were signs that African American social and political rights have not improved. He argued, in fact, that the nation has not grown since the Taney Court and its Dred Scott ruling. The community, according to Fortune, may have no recourse but to resort to the “primitive law of self-defense.” Such a condition should not “prevail in any civilized country,” he argued, but getting “mobcrats to understand they will be met with violence in the same way and as often as they resort to it” may again be the only option for the African American citizen.

Keywords:   editorials, Supreme Court, Corrigan v. Buckley, restrictive covenants, African Americans, civil rights, self-defense

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