Bobby Clinton High School Analysis

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The stats are straight forward. Bobby Cain, age 16, a transferring senior from Austin High School, enrolled at Clinton High School for fall semester, beginning August 27th. Bobby, a native of Clinton, Tennessee, lived in the vicinity of Foley Hill, a short walk to Clinton High School. What the stats don't reveal is the story behind his transferring. Bobby was happy at Austin. He played several sports, had a lot of friends, and would graduate soon with others who shared his ethnicity. He had struggled his whole life with the Jim Crow laws and had, for better or worse, came to accept the separate but equal policy in place in the segregated South he called home. His parents, however, felt strongly that the laws were morally wrong. They wanted equality without separation for Bobby and his siblings. The issue of school segregation was bigger than just him, Bobby learned. His parents, along with other families in Clinton, filed a lawsuit which petitioned the court to end segregation. With the…show more content…
Two strangers arrived in Clinton, John Casper and Asa Carter , and the relative peaceful beginning of school integration at Clinton High School ceased. Carter, a white supremacist, spoke against desegregation in speeches he gave around the town center. He stayed one weekend and left. Bobby and the others were not as lucky with John Casper. He knocked on doors throughout the city, organized White Citizens Councils, and incited fear and hatred. Casper recruited students within the building to make life miserable for Bobby and the others. It worked. Bobby was pushed while walking through the halls; he dealt with hecklers who lined Foley Hill as he walked down; he was called coon, goon, and nigger. Staring ahead, praying for safety, Bobby hoped the year would pass quickly. When he wanted to quit, his mother stressed that “Bobby,” you’ll never feel right with yourself if you don’t go

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