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4201 Sou t h Ocea n Boule v a r d
Delray Beac h , F lorida
Se p tember 30, 1 966
Mayor I v an Alle n
At la n ta, Georg ia
Dear Sir :
Yo ur r e mark s wi th r efe1a1ce t o Mr. Les t er 1a dd ox ' n omi n at i o n ,
as t e l e vi se d o n the Huntl e y- Brinkle y Report Thursday night,
ca ll f or s o me s ort o f a n s wer o
I c a nnot d e bate y our c h ar a cter i zation of ! r . Mad d ox as
"un quali f ied" bec ause I a m n ot as aware as y o u are of h is
pers o n a l exper i e n c e a n d qua litieso But I a m u n der t he i mpression
t h at it is because h e supp or t s segreg ation of t h e race s t hat
y ou stated his n omin ation was a victory for the f orces of
prejudice and ign oran ce o
I t i s y ou r e qua t ion o f a b e lief i n r acia l seg reg a t ion wi th
ttpre j u dice'.' . a n d ign o r a nc e,. which is i n correc t and i nsuppo r t able .
Yes, o f course some o f t he b a ckers o f Mr . Madd ox were i gnora nt
a nd prejud iced ( i f y o u mea n by t h e latter ter m te n di n g to ma k e
judgme n ts with prior i n vestig ation o f evide nce ) ; s ome backers
o f " l iberal " ca n didates a r e equally u n i nf ormed a n d though tle ss .
I n f act , the b a l a n ce o f p o we r i n Mr . Madd ox ' vic t o r y mu st h a v e
resi de d in o nce r e spec table voters f or " moder a t e " cand i dates .
I must with al l g ood will sugge st t h at i t is a gre a ter sign
o f igno rance today t o a rgu e i n fa vor o f i n tegra t ion o f {egro
and , .bite ra c es than t o oppose it .
The facts abo u t t he nature
of me n , the physiological a nd me n tal d i ffere nces bet~ee n the
Negro a n d \ 'hi te races , and the hist o ri c al evidence o f the
di f fering capac i t ies o f those ra c es f o r i n ve n tivene ss a nd
the building and ma i nt a ining o f advanc ed civi l izations simply
do n o t suppo rt y our viewpoi n t. A g re a t amou nt o f work i n
g e net ics , a nthr op ology, a nd o t her f i e l ds o f r e s e ar ch s u pp or ts,
on the c o ntr a ry , a poi nt o f view which s e es r ace s as some t i mes
marke dly di ffe re nt i n extre mely i mpor t ant ways- -not for purely
envi r o nme n tal reas o ns at a l l, b ut by virtue of heredity.
I am aware that f o r s ome ye ars it has b e e n fashi o nable t o say
t hat ra c es in fact don ' t really e xi s t at all , a n d even if they
do there are no signi ficant d i ffe re nces , and in any case whatever
di f ferences appear t o exist can be cleared away by a g e neration
or so o f social mixing and educati o n .
This school o f thought-i f it ca n be dig ni f ied wi t h such an appella t ion--was more or
less orig inated by the a n thropologist Boas a n d his s t udents
without much factual support , and it wa s give n impetus by the
stron g reaction against " racism" f o llowing Hitler's defea t i n
the Secon d World War.
It is now accep t ed blin dl y by large n umbers
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o f unque st ion i ng pe ople who would be j u s tifiably shocke d if
the y kne w the t ruth and its rami f ications .
He r e ar e a few o f the b ooks prese nting fac t s wh i ch , i f thoug htfully
con sidered , would l e ad t o a c hange i n many o f our gove rnme n t ' s
ra c ial p o l ic ies-- unless , of course , our gove rnme nt is mo tivated
by something o ther tha n g e nu i ne con cern f or truth a nd f or t he
wellbeing o f our ci t i z e n s .
J . c. Carot hers . The Africa n rHnd i n Health and Disease .
Ca rle ton ~ . Co o n . The r igi n o f Race s .
arc ell e Ge b er . " De ve l opp e me n t p s y cho-mo t eur d e l ' e nf a n t
a fr icai n , " Couri e r , UNESCO , Paris (Jan ua ry 1956 )·,
VI , 17 - 2 9 .
Au d re y M. Shuey . The Te s ting o f Ne gr o Int e llige n ce.
Na than i el We yl o The Negr o in Ame rican Civ i lization •.
An olde r b ook , but o n e wh i ch sti ll has a gre at deal o f val i dity ,
i s Lothrop St o ddard ' s The Ri si ng Ti d e of c olor .
Ma n y pertinent articles will be found i n " The Manki nd Quarterly 11 ,
1 Darna way t o , Edinburgh 3 , Scotla nd . Also i n IAAEE Repr i nts ,
The International As sociation f o r the Advanceme nt o f Ethnology
a n d Eugenics , Inc ., P oO. Box 3495 , Grand Ce n tral Station, Ne w
York, N. Y. 10017 .
( One repri nt o f partic ul a r i nterest is "Social
cience Testimony in the Desegregati o n Cases--A Reply t o Prof e ssor
Kenneth Clark, " by Ernest van den Haag .)
Publications of the Na tional Putnam Letters Committee , Suite
9 08 , 1730 K St o, NoW., Washingt o n , D.C. are c ertainly worth study .
Though The uicide o f the West , by James Burnham, does not concern
itsel f primarily with racial matters, it is quite releva n t to
the poin t I am trying to make .
There are many more materials easily accessible to anyone searchi ng
f or them i n a u n iversity or large public library.
The me n who, in print, opp ose your views, Mayor Allen , are for
the mo st part a t the opposi te extreme f rom ign orant or prejudiced.
To assure you that I , for example, am not a babbling and unlettered
dunce, I must mention that I have an HA , have taught in universities
for eight years, have an I Q in the upper 1% of t he population,
and am even considered reasonably goodnatured, kind to animals,
and even decent to other peop le .
I am not motivated by hate,
fear of economic competition by less prosperous segments of the
population, nor by superstitious clinging to ancestral myths.
And I am getting very tired of being indirectly accused of
ignorance · and lumped with the KKK by people who will not
take the trouble to reco nsider their own prejudices.
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If on ly oa e brave public figure such as yoursel f (a nd your
courage '.'. as a mply de monstra t ed duri ng the Atla nt a rio t s ) would
study the evidence a nd come out ope n ly on the si de of truth,
miracles could be worked in the revitali zat ion of our confused
a nd sadde ned countryo
I as sume you will not have time to a nswer my letter , a nd
p e rh aps you will not even have time to read it , but if it
should be possible I would Be delighted to hear from you o
I would welcome r e fere nces to readings which you feel support
vie wpoints differing from mine.
Thank you very much .

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