Larger context for LACK in Corpus USbrown_UKbncw/US_brown.txt
I know Negroes who prefer the South and white Southerners, because "At least there, you haven't got to play any guessing games"!
The guessing games referred to have driven more than one Negro into the narcotics ward, the madhouse, or the river.
I know another Negro, a man very dear to me, who says, with conviction and with truth, "The spirit of the South is the spirit of America".
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.
lack > The world has never lack ed 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.