The comments attributed to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission in the article "Racial rancor on Tyler Avenue" should not be misinterpreted. The issue, whether attitudes can be changed by law, is not relevant.
The evolution of the law, from Plessy vs. Ferguson to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act of 1955, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to the state's 1982 ethnic intimidation law, occurred with changes in opinion among all
sections of the public. The acts' primary concern has been discriminatory behavior.