Box 20, Folder 1, Document 133

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Box 20, Folder 1, Document 133

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Mayor : Ivan Allen, Jr .
Atlanta, Ga o
Dear Mr . Mayor:
We are not i mpressed with the letters you are g etting
agr ee ing wi th yo u on your st a nd on Civil Rights - and
your testimoany in Washing ton. We were not surprised
at or wi ll we be surprised at anything y ou do since
y ou were elected b y the negr oes and you bought them
to e l ect y ou. Another man was ele ct ed by the white
pe ople. All of t his is facts a nd many o f . your friends
know all this and will neve r tell y ou. You are like


. . ·many pe ople whose best f riends won ' t tell them wha t


. '-' ,t hey ·shou l d know. You are not impressed with anyb od y
' b ut yourseif . You be long to the gr oup wh o does not
know that y ou don't know . Th ere is so me hope for a
person who knows he doesnt know ev8 rything and is willing
to listen - but y ou are not in that ~lass. You c an't
see · your short commings. You wi ll n ever see them - there
is no hope for y ou. There is no hope f or the white
people in Atlmta for the negroes will ~ ontinue t o
elect people like ·you.
any City whi ch will have its recreation department
empl o y ni c e whi te iirls ~nd make them teach negro
men to swim is bownd to get wo5se before it gets better
The Recreation Dept . says that if those g irls refuse
to teach negro men to swim t hat they will not have a
job. These grils need jobs. This must be Russia.
Would you want your daught er, daughter in law or grand
daughter to be teaching negr o men to swim ? ?????? What
is going to happen is that Atlanta is going to get
worse than Washington in less time than Washington got
the way it is. Nine yrs. ago Pres. Isenhou~ put out an
Executive order tha.t there would be no more seggregation
in Washington .
Look at Washingt on today? Not safe for
a white person to be on the street int he daytime much
less night. Atlanta will go fAster and worse because
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of a Mayor like y ou . The c r ime here i s bad eno ugh
n ow - just g ive it ano ther yea r un der y o u and it wil l
n o t be s a fe for whi t e women to be on t h e s tr e ets a l one
here day or ni g ht. Negro e s h ave been t r y ing to buy
rea l estate in yo ur i mm ed i a t e n e i ghborh o od - they wo u l d
hav e bought it i f t he owne r h a d n o t t a k e n th e propert y
of f th e ma r k et b ut th a t won't be f or long - b ecause
th ey wi l l s e nd a whit e pers on t o b uy it who wi l l b e
b uying f or the n e g ro. Then wi ll y ou stand , up and say
t ak e y ou ~ g rief t o the b a l lot b ox. Wa i t un t i l so me of
y our fa mily is ra pe d - will y ou say that t h e pe o p l e o f
your a rea a re unduly a l arme d and y ou wil l do nothing
about it. The t a x payer u n d e r y ou has no ch o i ce e x ce pt
t o a cc e p t your d i r e ct ive.
So me J.E. of y our s o call e d b e s t f r iends d on ' t a g r ee
with you.
It wi ll be j u s t t oo heart b reakin g when you ge t a b i£
f amil y o f negroes next doo r or a c r o s s t h e s t r e e t fr o m
you. Don't think it can't ha p pen t o ypu. You c an't be
for other p e o ple tak i n g it and not b e wi ll ing t o have it
in yo u r s e c t ion. Yo u are not bet te r th a n th e pe ople in
t he Payton Rd . a rea you j u st hav e mor e mo ne y and c a n buy
mo re vo te s .
Wake up Mr . Al l en before it is too late .
Mr s . J ohn Paul Jo nes,
Atlan ta ' s Nort h side

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