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Mr. Robert E. Staples
483 W. Central Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota, 55101
September 8, 1966
The Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr.
Mayor of Atlanta
City Hall |
Dear Mayor Allen:
I was deeply dismayed at your statement that the Student
Non-Violent Coordinating Committee was responsible for recent
riots in your city.
As Attorney General Katzenbach stated to a Senate
Committee, riots are caused by racial discrimination, poor housing
conditions and police brutality.
Blaming one organization for the turmoil will do nothing
to alleviate the real contributing causes for riots.
Negroes will no longer accept charges of Communist influence,
hot weather and instigation by civil rights leaders in place of
action toward eliminating the real causes of riots.
Therefore, it is your duty to cease blaming civil rights
leaders for starting a riot in your city and begin positive action
to avert a reoccurrence of this terrible event.
Vale £. é Aba phon.