... the structure of our public morality crashed to earth. Above its grave a tombstone read, "Be tolerant—even of evil." Logically the next step would be to say to our commonwealth's criminals, "I disagree that it's all right to rob and murder, but naturally I respect your opinion." Tolerance is only complacence when it makes no distinction between right and wrong.
Sarah Patton Boyle, U.S. civil rights activist and author. The Desegregated Heart, part 2, ch. 2 (1962).
Boyle, a white Virginian pro-integration activist from the beginning of the 1950s, was recalling the mild, accommodating reaction of her state's political leaders to those segregationists who, following the 1954 Supreme Court decision outlawing segregation in public schools but setting no deadline for desegregation, still resisted.