Larger context for LACK in Corpus USbrown_UKbncw/US_brown.txt
He was born in the North and did his military training in the South.
He did not, as far as I can gather, find the South "worse"; he found it, if anything, all too familiar.
In the second place, though, even if Birmingham is worse, no doubt Johannesburg, South Africa, beats it by several miles, and Buchenwald was one of the worst things that ever happened in the entire history of the world.
The world has never lacked for horrifying examples; but I do not believe that these examples are meant to be used as justification for our own crimes.
This perpetual justification empties the heart of all human feeling.
The emptier our hearts become, the greater will be our crimes.
Thirdly, the South is not merely an embarrassingly backward region, but a part of this country, and what happens there concerns every one of us.
As far as the color problem is concerned, there is but one great difference between the Southern white and the Northerner: the Southerner remembers, historically and in his own psyche, a kind of Eden in which he loved black people and they loved him.
Historically, the flaming sword laid across this Eden is the Civil War.
Personally, it is the Southerner's sexual coming of age, when, without any warning, unbreakable taboos are set up between himself and his past.
Everything, thereafter, is permitted him except the love he remembers and has never ceased to need.