Buckley, Baldwin, and Civil Rights: A Debate Fifty Years Ago

It is a useful reminder to see that much of what we hear today was uttered, in slightly different form, fifty years ago. It’s a nice question as to whether people were more direct now than then, or whether they’ve become more skilled in the use of language (more skilled in the use of language than William F. Buckley, you ask?).



3 thoughts on “Buckley, Baldwin, and Civil Rights: A Debate Fifty Years Ago

  1. Charlie June 7, 2015 / 10:07 am

    Baldwin totally destroyed Buckley in that debate. I watch the whole thing on U-tube awhile back and was amazed.

  2. OhioGuy June 7, 2015 / 10:09 am

    Buckley’s positions presented here are not conservative — but reactionary. They are deplorable. In fairness, it should be pointed out that by the late 1960s, Buckley had done almost a 360 on several of these issues. He opposed George Wallace’s presidential bid, and developed an admiration for Martin Luther King. He later supported the move to declare a holiday in honor of MLK. He also was a consistent voice against antisemitism as well as an opponent of the John Birch Society. I say all of this NOT to in any way justify his positions as outlined in this article but to simply put the man in perspective and show how a person can grow and learn and change during his or her lifetime. I’ll end with a rhetorical question: Do you think the Va Flaggers and their cheerleaders can do the same?

    • Brooks D. Simpson June 7, 2015 / 11:23 am

      There’s no evidence so far. However, I think that with this year the Flaggers will fade into the background. Oh, Susan will give her talks, flagging the VMFA will continue, and we may see more flags go up, but even the Flaggers prefer to celebrate the past (the good old days when Susan was at the VMFA and Tripp was getting arrested).

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