To the Editor:

Mr. Ted Dienstfrey is quite right about the movement of Southern Negro students to gain equal rights [“A Conference on the Sit-ins,” June]. This is a movement to win immediate, concrete objectives, without any philosophy behind it. If the movement had come from the great mass of Negroes in the rural South, it might have been otherwise, but it is the middle class Negro who is demanding his rights. . . . Nor do these Negro students get any help in constructing a philosophy from the American intellectual. That is perhaps the basic reason why they have no large ideas. If Mr. Dienstfrey wants to aid the Negro students, he should forget about writing to the University of Chicago asking it to desegregate its real estate and begin thinking about a society in which the university has nothing to do with real estate.

Elizabeth Tornquist
Belhaven, N. C.



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