According to reports;
Rogers was trying to explain why the House Black Caucus won’t allow new Rep. Patricia Todd to join the group, even though she represents a majority black district. When confronted by Murphy that his group was not about black interests or ideas but only about race, Rogers said, “Integration may have been the biggest mistake ever made.” He then went on to say that he never was so down on seperate but equal, just that he wished it could have been equal.
Apparently this has caused an uproar.....which I find very odd. Many African Americans think forced integration was a bad idea. I can’t say that I disagree completely. When you think about it in terms of what African American children are taught in integrated schools you can see that maybe it was a bad idea. What public school in Alabama has ever taught accurate black history to black children? Not one. They do not know where they came from, who their tribes were, what their history was before they were sold into slavery. Hard to have any pride when you don’t know what to be proud of.
Malcolm X was for seperate but equal and against forced integration. He believed in black businesss hiring black workers and so forth to help the community economically prosper.
If you have never read is autobiopgraphy I’d recommend picking it up. It covers much of this line of thinking and is an excellent book.