New US chattering class rises

Sep 4th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Daniel Finkelstein: When sheriff L. O. Davis began his campaign for re-election as the head of the police force in St Augustine, Florida, he strapped on his gun. He might need it, he explained, to fire at civil rights workers.

One of his early campaign visits was to inform African-American inhabitants of America’s oldest city that he didn’t want their votes. He would rather do without the support of niggers, he said. It wasn’t much of a political sacrifice, given that non-whites were beaten or jailed if they tried to register.

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