Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

July 9, 2013

In Your View

The Independent

ASHLAND — Laws can’t cure every wrong

When I was growing up, in Carter County, I knew there were three or four African-American students who were not allowed to come to school with us. They were transported out of town, I thought to Ashland. I never questioned that, though I was always bemused by it. There was, in fact, a “Day Law,” which governed where those fellows could go to school.

The “Day Law” said that:  Any student who attended a mixed race class was subject to a $10 fine every day, and each day was a separate offense.  Any teacher who taught such a class was fined $100 a day, and each day was a separate offense.  Any school that allowed mixing of the races was fined $1,000 a day and each day was a separate offense. That was the law in Kentucky until Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1965. That’s a little over one generation ago. 

From my first day in first grade through graduation from college, I never attended a mixed race class. And, what do you know?  When schools were integrated, the world did not come to an end. Race hatred (and insensitivity to the feelings of others) didn’t either.

Some things  cannot be cured by any law, not even the Law of God. Race hatred, I believe, is a form of insanity. Paula Deen is a minor case in point.

Andrew L. J. James, Grayson

Erwin cemetery  needs donations

Donations are needed for the upkeep of the Oscar Erwin Cemetery located off of Ky. 1025 Lower Smokey.  These funds will be primarily used for mowing expenses throughout the year.  Donations may be made to the Oscar Erwin Cemetery account at the Commercial Bank in Olive Hill. 

Opal Fannin, Olive Hill

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