Powerful southern senators, such as Richard B. Russell Jr. (D-Ga.), whose name was given to the Senate office building where the resolution was drafted, used the filibuster to block votes.
"Whenever a Negro crosses this dead line between the white and the Negro races and lays his black hand on a white woman, he deserves to die," segregationist Sen. James Thomas Heflin (D-Ala.) said in 1930.
Y'know, I hate to say it, but this is one of those reasons why glib comparisons of current struggles for gay rights with the struggle for civil rights can ring really hollow sometimes.
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