When race becomes an issue

June 25, 2013 

I graduated from Edwardsville High School in 1960 and watching the development of this city has been fascinating. The assertion "those who don't learn from history are bound to repeat it" clearly applies.

Edwardsville has become an integration destination and history shows we will experience a significant racial harmony meltdown. The meltdown occurs when those issues and responsibilities the integrating Negro tries to run away from comes to where he integrates.

In the 1950s East St. Louis and Washington Park were integration destinations. Other destinations were north St. Louis in the late 1960s and in the 1970s many Missouri cities including Beverly Hills, Normandy and University City. Some Illinois destinations in the 1980s and 1990s were Madison, Granite City, Wood River, East Alton, Collinsville and Maryville.

The manifestations of the racial harmony meltdown include the escalation of violent crime, the deterioration of public schools, and the destruction of the traditional family with the exponential growth of welfare dependence. Integration was never the panacea by which equality and assimilation could be achieved, but it was effective in encouraging the dependence of black people on Caucasians.

William R. Lambert

Edwardsville