The United States Supreme Court, on May 17, 1954, delivered its famous Brown decision which forbade separate public school systems for black and white children. Reaction throughout most of the South was swift, and among public officials it ranged from hostility and bitterness to mild anger. Georgia’s Governor Herman Talmadge was perhaps the most outspoken in his opposition to the decree: “The United States Supreme Court by its decision today has reduced our Constitution to a mere scrap of paper.” Mississippi’s Senator James Eastland was scarcely less vitriolic: “The South will not abide by nor obey this legislative decision by a political court.“
Colburn, David R.
"Race Relations and Florida Gubernatorial Politics Since the Brown Decision,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 55
, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol55/iss2/6