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Although the policy-makers and local newspapers
vehemently denied that race was an issue, the homeowners
felt otherwise. A local newspaper editorialized that
attemptss have been made to inject racial overtones into
an issue which is simply economic." The homeowners were
convinced differently and could point to a passage from
one of the early redevelopment reports for evidence of
The solution for all of these conflicts
[an attitude study that revealed that white
citizens felt uncomfortable at the fairgrounds
because of its location in a black neighbor-
hood], at least in terms of the Fair Park
location is simple. All that is required is
to eliminate the problem from sight. If
the poor Negroes in their shacks cannot be
seen, all the guilt feelings revealed above
will disappear, or at past be removed from
primary consideration. '
The extreme white point of view was offered by County
Judge Lew Sterret:
Actually they're poor people, they're
satisfied, they're real pleased with the way
they've been treated by the city and county
of Dallas. This isn't a serious problem.
. . . There wouldn't have been a problem at
23The Dallas Morning News, July 31, 1969, Sec. D, p. 1.
24Economic Research Associates, A Redevelopment Program
for the State Fair of Texas, pp. A4-A3Tcited iniUrban
ResearchGroup ,L a-nUt i~lzat ion-Marke t Study, Fair Park
Area, Dallas, Texas. (Dallas, l972O,8p. 28T Also citedin
Fre~ and DorotyJoiner, et al., v. City of Dallas, Texas,
et~al.,Pet ition No. Ca-3T3Ta, Til infTheU. S. District
C-ouff for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division,
November 24, 1970, p. 15.
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Davies, Elizabeth Durham. Fair Park Expansion: A Case Study of Political Bias and Protest in Urban Politics, thesis, August 1974; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc663026/m1/78/: accessed January 17, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .