In 1770, John Adams stated as part of the legal defense of British soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre:
“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence: nor is the law less stable than the fact.”
Facts are indeed stubborn things. They exist whether or not we wish them to, and no matter what we do, or how we attempt to hide them, the facts will always lurk below the surface, waiting to strike against those who wish to keep them submerged.
In her blog article entitled “The Dark Side[i],” the Judy Russell shows examples from the Mississippi Department of Education List of Educable Children of not only apparent, but blatant racism in the 1927 lists.
She starts out showing an entry in the list where race is listed as “Coloured[ii].” This is followed by a few others that show the children’s race as “Darkies[iii],” “Dark Blotches[iv],” and finally “Black Niggers[v].”