White Docility

There are multiple schools of thought on the race relations between whites and African Americans. One of these is the White Backlash theory. This theory proposes that after the Civil Rights Movement of the 50s and 60s, white Americans began to take action against the progressive policies that had been enacted. However, it is very evident, to me at least, that this backlash existed in many other forms besides the political racist dogwhistles of the 70s. Melba discusses this at length throughout her Memoir. There are scenes of pure hatred towards her and the other members of the Little Rock Nine. Despite the fact that schools were supposed to be integrated, whites were hostile and violent towards these children. The only white person who actually appeared to care was Link.
Choosing Little Rock was a conscious decision by the NAACP. Little Rock’s white community had responded to previous integration efforts in other areas with relative docility. Schools were instantly a different story. The backlash was instant. Danger abounded for these children due to the vile hatred and hostility at the time. Link however, portrayed as a hero in the book, was decent to Melba. I suspect there were ulterior motives. It appears pretty evident that Link was not just interested in her as a friend and when he found out that she chose another white guy over him, he cut off contact. Because of this, his image is soiled to me and the White Backlash theory prevails.This image requires alt text, but the alt text is currently blank. Either add alt text or mark the image as decorative.

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