Box 19, Folder 1, Document 76

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'-. William C. Smellage
* Secretary

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Perhaps other cities will now

Situation perfectly.

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James M. Moroney Jr,
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Dick West
Editorial Editor


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The Trials

UNTIL THIS week, the City of At-

, Janta had maintained a glowing repu-

- tation as one of the hardest-working

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communities in the building of inter-
racial harmony and progress. Through
the efforts and cooperation of whites
_and Negroes, it established itself as a
model of peaceful integration, a model
studied by other Southern communi-
ties trying to’ solve their own racial

’ Then Stokely Carmichael came to
town with his inflammatory sales

_ pitch for “black power” and his rant-

-ings against “the white devils.” And
‘on Tuesday night, Carmichael’s loud-
speaker campaign came to fruition
with the rioting of a mob. This mob
_ attacked the mayor, who tried to rea-
_ Son with its members. It attacked the
” policemen who tried to restore order.
' But it did more—it attacked thecon-
cept Atlanta has ran-ceentcd, the con-
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ation can achieve a spirit in which all
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~* THIS WAS perhaps the greatest

damage that the mob did. Now other

. city fathers may be tempted to shrug

' their shoulders and say: “What’s the
use? Atlanta has done as much as any

“City in the South to make cooperative

ey work, and look what hap-
. Dallas citizens in particular may
be discouraged by Atlanta’s experi-
ence, for the two cities are very much
alike in their populations, in their
economies and in their attempts to
» build through interracial cooperation.


_* But before we decide to abandon

the path that Dallas and Atlanta have

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of Atlanta

tried to follow, it would serve us well
to look deeper into the events of the
current week. There is more to the
story than the headlined activities of
Carmichael’s SNCC barnstormers or
of the hundreds of young rioters.

We should note that there were
Negro as well as white leaders who
tried, at the risk of their safety, to
quell the violence. There were Negro
as well as white policemen who skill-
fully restored order before the riot
turned into a bloodbath.

And, perhaps most important, the
Negro Atlantans, local civil-rights
leaders and ministers, were the ones
who organized a door-to-door cam-
paign the following day to counter
Carmichael’s efforts to turn the city
into a battleground.

IN SHORT, in Atlanta, there is a
durable fabric of society, a fabric that
has been woven of both white and
black threads through the years of co-
Operation. The efforts of these years
have not been as dramatic or as well-
publicized as the riot, but in the final
analysis they should prove to be more
lasting in their results.

These results of the work of men
of good will will not be destroyed
overnight by men of Carmichael’s
stripe. Rational Atlantans of both
races cannot stand by and see their
community torn asunder, because
those of both races know that they
have a stake in its future,

The Rev. Samuel Williams, presi-
dent of the Atlanta chapter of the
NAACP, summed it up most succinct-
ly when he declared: -

“Atlanta is not by far a perfect
city but it is too great to be destroyed
by simpleminded bigotry.”


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