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Page 19 of Kentucky Negro Educational Association Journal v.15 n.1

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high school service is now pro- vided." The K.N.E.A. President and Secretary, invited to parti- cipate in conferences on educa- tion in the state, presented the above items from the K.N.E.A. program, which were adopted without modification in the party's program. A workshop was held at Ken- tucky State College during the past summer. Participating schools were Bate High, Lincoln- Grant High, Mayo-Underwood High, Richmond High, and Shel- byville Junior High. Its purpose was to offer to teachers and prin- cipals opportunities to discover, analyze, and improve the status of their local schools with respect to existing problems. Nineteen ,principals and teachers partici- pated, in addition to a well select- ed staff of consultants. MAJORITY OR MINORITY Ruth Taylor I wish it were possible to eradicate those two words from the English language-but unfortunately, if one could do this, other words would be thought up to express the same idea. There should really be no place for such discriminatory words in a democracy. And, mind you, they are discriminatory, and of them- selves creating bad feeling and prejudice. Majorities feel that their very numbers entitle them to supreme power, that their interests as a group must come first. Minorities too often place the privilege of their groups before the rights of all citi- zens. In both cases far too frequently those rise to the top, to posi- tions of power, who seek personal aggrandizement and who by their ac- tions hurt the group which they claim to represent. The majority looks upon the minority as not quite as they are- as something different from the herd-and they don't like that. Minori- ties for their part too often have a chip on their shoulder. When band- ed together for "self protecti-on" they become a powerful pressure force which is often irritating to the majority. And much too frequent- ly both sides forget that they are Americans, governed by the same laws, and subject to the same responsibility. This is true whether the difference be of political party, class, religion or color-and in each of those groups there are minorities and majorities. Sumner Welles called the term "racial or religious Minority" ac- cursed. And he was right, though he could have added class to the list. It is the whole idea of segregation and separation of people into groups, treating them generally not individually, that we are fighting today. In the brave new world which we hope will come after this war, let us guard against group thinking. Let us remember that we are all Citizens of a nation, and citizens of a world of United Nations. For as Mr. Welles also said, "It is inconceivable that the people of the United Nations can consent to the !re-establishment of any system where hu- 19

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