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Old 03-11-2003, 10:53 PM   #1
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Dallas County leaves 'whites only' signs
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Published 3/11/2003 10:40 PM
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DALLAS, March 11 (UPI) -- Dallas County commissioners voted Tuesday to uncover two "whites only signs" inside an historic old building as a history lesson but it brought outcries from some local black leaders.

The water fountain signs etched in marble had been covered for years by metal plates at the downtown Records Building but one of them was recently discovered and local civil rights leader demanded that county officials remove them.

The commissioners voted 4-1 after an hourlong debate to approve a proposal by Commissioner John Wiley Price, the only black member of the court, to leave the signs and erect signs nearby explaining their context in the history of the city.

Price said later he did not think the presentation of the signs as history would make people think that Dallas is still a racially divided city.

"I at least want them to have some emotion ... either how they dealt with the past and how far we have come or that they have the responsibility to ensure and make sure that their children and our children never repeat that ugly past," he said in a TXCN interview later.

Price, a longtime civil rights leader, said history cannot be covered up and Dallas must recognize that it is better off now than it was in 1927 when the building was erected. He said he was proud of the racial progress the city has made.

Commissioner Ken Mayfield, the lone vote in opposition, said the signs were an embarrassment for the county.

"Should we be reminded of that offensive activity in a public, county-owned building?" he asked, bringing applause from civil rights leaders.

The vote came after the commissioner's court had failed to pass a motion that would have removed the signs from the marble walls. It was then that Price's motion was approved on the 4-1 vote.

Black leaders said they would not drop their fight to remove the signs and possibly bring legal action.

"We will be back asking for the same thing," Joyce Foreman, president of the Dallas chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "We have no intentions of going away."

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Old 03-11-2003, 11:26 PM   #2
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I can see both sides of the argument.

Many reading this do not remember a time when there was not cable tv, cell phones, cordless phones for that matter.

In a couple of years some people will be denying segregation ever existed. Covering it up is not the answer, it is almost like pretending it never existed. Maybe tearing it out is more appropriate.

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I agree, deep, there are at least two very different ways of looking at it. Still, if I were black, I imagine it would piss me off to see those signs.
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Old 03-13-2003, 09:24 AM   #4
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hey I'm white and it would piss me off to see those signs. but that's the point. you are supposed to be pissed off and angry that this happened in the first place so it doesn't happen again.

same with Auschwitz. Its a museum now. Should it not be a museum because people died there or or should it be open to remind us what happened and make us angry enough to make sure it doesnít happen again?
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