Public disorder darkened Alabama `Ride to Freedom’ – correspondence

Public disorder darkened Alabama `Ride to Freedom’ – correspondence – Letter to the Editor

Mary McLemore

“Riding to Freedom Through Alabama” [March 4-17] by Stephen Goode is a very interesting article. Unfortunately, what it leaves out is the black servants in Selma whose lives and property were threatened if they dared go to work for “whitey” the week of the civil-rights marches–more than a few of them had to be told by their employers to stay home. You’ll also find no pictures of marchers drunk and stoned, and having sex in people’s front yards.

It also doesn’t tell that the media exaggerated every racial incident they could find. I happened to be in downtown Montgomery on a day NBC was reporting a race riot. I had driven by a small band of people and thought it odd that they were dodging things thrown at them and laughing–until a police officer told me that I had witnessed a “riot” with the peaceful marchers being abused.

In about 100 years, the whole truth of the marches and protests will be known, and the civil-rights movement will have its heroes, along with its share of goats.

Mary McLemore

Pike Road, Ala.

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