Box 16, Folder 9, Document 90

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Box 16, Folder 9, Document 90

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3211 SANDUSKY DR IVE
DECATUR; GEORGIA
SEPTEMBER 14, 1966
lfAYOR IVAN ALLEN
CITY HALL
ATLANTA, GEORGIA
DEAR MAYOR ALLEN:
IT HAS BEEN NOTED BY THE PUBLIC, THE PRESIDENT AND
VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES;WHERE YOU DID A COURAGEOUS THING IN GOING AMONG YOUR SUBJECTS DURING A RECENT
PUBLIC DISORDER.
You ARE TO BE COMMENDED FOR THIS BIT OF GALLANTRY
ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY, AND I DO NOT FEEL AS
SOME HAVE IMPLIED THIS ACT WAS POLITICALLY MOTIVATED. J
HONESTLY FEEL THAT YOU ARE ACTING IN THE BES T INTEREST
OF A LL CONCERNED . BUT THERE IS ONE THING I AM UNABLE
TO UNDERSTAND AND THAT IS WHY YOU WOU LD PUSSY FOOT AROUND WITH TH IS GROUPE OF PEOPLE WHEN YOU MUST REALIZE
NO AMOUNT OF TALKING WILL DO ANY GOOD. PERHAPS I AM WRONG,
BUT I AM OF THE OPINION THE ONLY THING THESE PEOPLE WILL
UND ER STAND IS FORCE.
ALSO IT IS MY UNDER STANDING THAT A $10.000 REWARD
HAS BEEN OFFERED FOR INF0RJ1ATION LEADING TO THE CAPTURE
OF PERSONS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SHOOTING OF A NEGRO BOY .
THIS I FEEL IS GOOD, BUT WOULD 'l.'HE SAME THING HAVE HAPPENED
IF A WHITE BOY HAD BEEN SHOT. ALSO ONE OF THE ATLANTA
P OLICEMAN WAS SHOT, BUT VERY LITTLE HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT
THIS, fv'HY?
!fR. MAYOR, I AM ALL FOR LAW AND ORDER AND I DO NOT
BELIEVE IN HATE GROUPS, BUT I DO BELIEVE A PERSON BLACK
OR WHITE SHOULD EARN THE RIGHT TO BE RESPECTED. I DO NOT
BELIEVE IN FREE HANDOUTS LIKE THE POVERTY PROGRAM, WELFARE, ETC. EXCEPT IN SPECIAL CASES. AND LIKE MANY OTHER
PEOP LE, I FEEL THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS ENCOURAGED
VIOLENCE AND ANARCHY FOR SINSTER PURPOSES BY REMANING
SILENT . THIS I KNOW YOU HAVE NO CONTROL OVER AND I AM
SURE YOU WANT NO PART OF THIS SINSTER PLAN, IF PLAN IT
IS.
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED,
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