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[Source Description: 29 August 1964: Postcard to James Farmer, National Director of CORE, From Allard K. Lowenstein Papers (#4340), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.]


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Just days after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a segregationist wrote this derisive postcard to Farmer: "Dear Sir - Now that you have a world wide platform, tell the whites what we really want, the freedom to murder rape knife and pillage. Love, I. M. Black" This harsh sentiment reflects segregationists' attempts to maintain the status quo in the face of substantive changes brought about by legislation.