Box 18, Folder 30, Document 1

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Box 18, Folder 30, Document 1

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Civil Rights Cause Loses A Friend
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SIR: I am opposed to any <'ausa they were random mPr:-,
further extension of civil rights bers of a hated group, was bar
to Negro cltilen11, no mat.fer that ' bari.sm 11t i~ worst. The !vi:
they may be entJtlPd to them.


bloody enormity of the w ., t;;


I would atrongly hope that this occurrence ls beyond exaggera- j
sentlmertt comes as a shock to tion.
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the Negro community, and par- I cannot accept then, as a
' ticularly to my many Negro 1 human being, the manner in
friends of years' standing, for my I which Negro leaders have clra wn
credentials over the years es a the Walts carnage to their bo5clvil rights advocate are unas- oms ; and have dedared it to he.
11allable.
not their Ehame, hut their
I was a member of the N.A.A.- glory. So be it. I have heard
C.P. in 1945, when few white Germans boast of Dachau, also.
' penons would stand up and he
But I wish such persons In
counted on the subject of civil kncrw that they will not, until
rights, while at the same period killing has been forsworn as a
I was both anti-Communist enough i polit1<'al w1>apon. ha\'e my i.ymto be called a red-baiter by ' µathy 01 my support , or my good
~ome friends, and anti-McCar- ' will.
thy enough later, when he came
I will not be moved by the
along, to have been the author of I threat of harm to myself, m a practical joke denouncing him j Joved on~ and my possPssion; . .
upon the occasion of t'1e unveiling . to yiclri up anything to thoM• ,
of a monument in his honor in I who !hre.i trn me-no matter what- I
Baltimore city at the height of his e\,cr whether or not I am entitled
popularity. I am a longtime mem- to hold ba<'k that which I will not
ber of the A.C.L.U. Legal Panel, yield . To yield In threats of
and have been a member of the horror is both Immoral ar1tl dan - !
Legal Assistance _Co~mittee of gerous .
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the N.A.A.C.P. I live I.II • th ree- I would bl•lieve tirnl tears and '
quarte~, Negro dblhock, _ nextndto 8 remorse would be the fitting re- 'j
Negro .,um, an app11y l'C my
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ted action o Negro 1ea ers 1p to t e
children to • 50-.,0
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deat h conscious
. Iy perterror
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elemen tary 1chool , whi ch h appens
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to be the best In town · I have petrat
Y co ore p~rs?ns
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the courlie of despoliation of
run for public office on a slate W tu. 1 will not ace t the in- 1
beaded by our present Negro
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human savagery, th~ simple af.
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responsibility 1n the campaign of ev o_ 11ving no mg an
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brandished at me, or at anyone,
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enry ar · t dave,_ alls a . ah~~ as an alternative to giving way_ 1
yer, represen e
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demonstratora in the courts, I, for one. will not g1\'e w~~ - I
ahd I have most recently raised have seen lhe social and pohl!cal
the question, with apparent Im- ron~ltion of the Negro advance,
mediate success which should cul- during the IRter y1>ars of my
minate 1n a rapid correction, of adulthood, _more, by far than ~E'Y
the long-standing evil 111 Baltimore advanc~ 1n al•. ~f the prenous
city of petit jury panels inherently years aince the Civil War.
discriminatory agai nst Negroes.
l have worked for It, I have
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wanted this, and as a human
But t.he Watts nots disgusted b in 1 would ...-ant it to con.. , and kfllNi me as a human / g
ti.Mli.
mhuma nity of un- mue.
dia(T1 lttMing
iming and kill- But, ,e,1tlem• n
ing by .N.,_. of buman beings col"Ullunity. by " l'
who ~ performed no iq,ecific complacency, or
..... aaaJmt eny Ne•sro, but who the Watt.a riot! , yot.
were attacked, and butcher!'<!,
LEO~ARD J KERI aMAN
lJkt alaui!Jterhou.se pi, ~·· only t>., Baltimore.
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