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ii- :---------This nation will not, however, permit the destroyers
of society-the Carmichaels and his ranting radicals to
tear down what we have built, to burn and destroy, to
defy Jaw and order with rocks and Molotov cocktails or to
hurl anarchistic slogans and imprecations at our public
officia~l~
s·- -- ~ - - - - - - - - - - - - Ribicoffs and t11e Kenned.ys who continue to
- deplore "our tragic conditions from comfortable seats
in the U. S. Senate should visit riot areas and seek to
quiet the mob, as did Mayor Allen.
H nothing else, the experience might leave them
better informed and not quite so sure that all social ills
can be cured by dispensing a few hundred more millions
from Washington.
�Riots Expose Stokely Carmichael
·,·ll! r]~~
The recent riots in Atlanta offer convincing evidence
that most, if not all, of the racial violence in our large
cities has been organized and led by a small minority
bent upon the destruction of our
society.
My authority for this statement is Ralph McGill, publisher
of the Atlanta Constitution, and
long a moving and militant force
for equal treatment of the Negro
citizen as provided by law and
the Constitution of the United
States.
McGill places responsibility
for the Atlanta disturbance
squarely upon the Student NonViolent Coordinating Committee.
(SNICK) and its leader Stokely Carmichael. SNICK, according
to McGill has no more than 300
members. These have been the
JOHN S. KNIGHT
agents of anarchy in Watts, New
York, Chicago, Cleveland and
other major cities.
SNICK'S beginnings were more auspicious. Its early
student leaders were motivated by high dedication to the
civil rights cause. Now the John Lewises and other responsibles are out. Control of SNICK is held by the extreme radicals, of which Carmichael is the dominant
figure.
As McGill says, SNICK is no longer a civil rights
or ganization but an anarchistic group which is openly and
officially committed to the destruction of existing
institutions.
Though 11mall In tncmbcrshtp, SNICK appeals to all
haters of the white man. It's· slogans of defiance
Intrigue the very young as was shown In Atlanta wher e
the mob was largely composed of youngsters in the 12
to 18 age range.
There appears to be no question but that SNICK's
funds are supplied from abroad. One of its lawyers is a
registered Castro agent. Its agitators shout Havana
slogans to the effect that we must live through violence.
"Black Power" is but the rallying cry.











At!ay(!! Of Courag-..:......--r-...
Fortunately for Atlanta, it hasa· mayor who
confronted the mob with rare courage. Though physically
manhandled and taunted with shouts of "white devil ,"
Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.. remained upon the scene until the
crowd had been dispersed.



Mayor Allen gave shor t shrift to charges of police
brutality. "I saw plenty of brutality," he said, "but it
was llll directed against police officers." At his press
conference, Mayor Allen stated that "II Stokely
Carmichael is looking for a battleground, he has
created one, and he will be met in whatever situation
he chooses."
Atlanta's Negro community leaders were quick to
decry the r ioting and violence. The Atlanta Summit
Leadership Confe rence, a Negro organi-zation, denounced
both SNICK and Carmichael, while calling for constructive measures designed to alleviate problems which
direct ly concern the Negro.
Dr. Mar tin Luther King, executive director Roy Wilkins of the NAACP and Whitney Young who heads the
Urban League have all repudiated Stokely Carmichael
and his tactics.
l
�Fortunately for Atlanta, it has a mayor who
confronted the mob with rare cou r age. Though physically
manhandled and taunt ed with shouts of "white devil,"
Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. , remained upon the scene until th e
crowd had been dispersed.
Mayor Allen gave short shrift to charges of police
brutality. "I saw plenty of brutality," he said, "but it
was 1111 directed against police officers." At his press
conference, Mayor Allen stated that " U Stokely
Carmichael is looking for a battleground, he ha s
created one, and he will be met in whatever situation
he chooses."
Atlanta's Negro community leaders were quick to
decry the rioting and violence. The Atlanta Summit
Leadership Conference, a Negro organization, denounced
both SNICK and Carmichael, while calling for con structive measures designed to alleviate problems which
directly concern the Negro.
Dr. Martin Luther King, executive director Roy Wilkins of the NAACP and Wh it ney Young who heads t he
Urban League have all r epudiated Stokely Car michael
and hfa tactics.











A Uiseful Service
The city of Atlanta has Jong enjoyed an enviable
reputation for racial amity. Ironically, it was Atlanta's
splendid image that the destroyers sought to tarnish .
And yet, unwittin gly, Stokely Carmichael and his
followers performed a useful service not only for Atlant a
but for the entire natio n.
Fo r her <' was stripped :iw:iy the myth that NeJ!t'Oes
are always incited to riot ove r poor living conditio ns,
lack of employment and denial of civil r ights.
Mr. Carmichael has now revealed himself for what
he is - a schemin g fome nter of disorder , a mad dog who
attacks all whi tes indi s~riminately, a r evolutionist who
seeks to burn and destroy, a terrorist who defi es law and
spits upon ou r flag .

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