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Ralph H. Paulk. Editor
LETTER TO THE
RICHARD WINSLOW, Editor
The Portland Inquirer
that you enjoy my column at
! Portland, Oregon
Miss Gertrude Mae Williams, ■ chool, Miss I nomas) Smife.
In the October 0th issue of the prominent member of young socie- For tho"p of y°u who ha' p in*
Inquirer under caption “ LOCAL ty, extended greetings to her cou- quired, here s led Dixon s add reM
27M K. E. Rodney Are.—Phone WEhater 7221—Portland, Oregon
VANPORT OFFICE: 2410 N. Cottonwood, A pt 506—WE 15S4
DEMOCRATS TRY OLD TRICKS" s»n, Miss Ellen W«x»d*. honoring and !>e sore that you write him,
BAGLEY DOWNS OFFICE: 145-F WinUer Dr., Vancouver, Wn.
regarding a correction made by her with a small birthday party to°-
One Tear by M ail__
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Theodore R. Dixon, S2c
Rev. H. C. Cheatham, of a former given at Miss Williams’ home,
Six Months by Mail ______,___________ __ .________________ $2-60
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news release printed in one of the Those who attended were: Misses
Peraonal, Club, Local and Church News must reach us Tuesday.
local newspapers, I notice«! a com- j Ellen Woods, Rosely Th«*mas, Con-
Preceding Publication Date.
ment just below Mr. Cheatham s nie Mane.v, Virginia Nuby and
signature that attracted my atten- Myrtle Wilfont. On the male side:
tion. It was n«>t state«! whether it Seth Hill, T. Wesley Burger, John
was the edit^f’s notes or those of Minor Jr., Richard Parker, Sam W hat certain young man had
authorized reporters. Nevertheless, Wilkinson, George Davis and yours quite a time on the parking lot at
Bv George W. I.ee
as near as I can recall the portion truly. Miss Woo«ls, whose birthday Sixth and Salmon last Friday night
Mrs. Roosevelt has loomed on my horizon as a sincere of the article in «|uestion read thus- was last Sunday, October 22, is »round nine o’clock?
somewhere between the ages of 12 T hat’s right, Mr. Graves, you’ll
friend of Down Trodden Minorities. But. I am beginning to ly:
just let you figure ¡won lie joining your «lear ole Uncle
wonder if her present attitude is motivated by the temporary use«l by the i>emocrats all over the it out 20, for s«» we’ll
Everyone had Sammy, won’t you?
fortunes of a Political Campaign, rather than by civic welfare country to pretend that some Negro a swell time.
Willie, how «lo you rate with your
in Government. Her former theories on civic welfare are leaders are with their party. No
knocked into a cocked hat when she states in her letter Negro in the Portland area has per EKSKINE HAWKINS REPORT
“BROADWAY GANG” — watch
to a whit;* citizen <>l Alabama: "WE MADE A MISTAKE mitted his name to be publicly link For those of you who «lidn’t at out! (Hey, lawdy mama.)
ed with the Democratic Party. No
(Q uote): “I think Bucky looks so
IN BRINGING THE NEGRO TO THIS COUNTRY.”
tend the Erskine Hawkins dance handsome in his new suit ” —
Mrs. Roosevelt is in a position to know that the Negroes’ who has the interest of his race at you really missed some fine music swoon— (umjuote).
particular and peculiar contributions to America give positive heart would permit his name to be styled only as Mr. Hawkins can. Why E., so it is, J., I do declare
proof that those who forced him into the stinking hole of a linked with a party that has done Xg for the number wh0 attended
slave ship against hi* will and landed him on the American and is still doing his race untold , won*t even try to make an esti-
I don’t believe that I BUBBLE TALK
shores made no mistake. Those w ho were here to receive him harm .1*1 this be a warning to the | mate
If you stick a stick across a stick,
made no mistake. Three hundred years of existence in Amer any attention to rumors that any ever counted that far or that many. Or
stick a cross across a stii-\
ica where his muscles have dredged streams, and spread over decent Negro is in favor of the When "A fter Hours” was played Or cross
stick across a stick,
all one could hear was ohhs, Or stick a a cross
a wilderness the hues of heaven prove that no mistake was Democratic P arty.”
across a cross,
swoons, ahhs, etc., it was only fine.
made in bringing him here.
I do not think it is possible for Those there were: Bessie Harris Or cross a cross across a stick,
, _• Banks Or cross a cross across a cross,
Was it a mistake to bring the Jews here? The English anyone to vote for a party But it anti „ Rov Jackson,
is possible for one to vote for an and Sam Wilkinson, Myrtle Wil Or stick a crossed stick across a
here? The Germans here? The French here?
individual that is a member of u font, Isla Berry, Gene Gibbs, John stick,
Was it a mistake to bring a race here w hich could produce Party.
a group of men come I). Davenport, George Davis, Wil Or stick a crossed stick across a
a man like Crispus Attacks, who fell first in a contest that t«igether When
and organize a Party, you lie
Vance and others to numerous crossed stick,
became the Drama of the American Revolution?
will note that the men are of the to mention.
Or cross a crossed stick across a
Mas it a mistake to bring a race here who could produce Party and not the Party of the
cross a crossed stick across a
200 black men, who saw' through the starless night, the flick
ering camp fire of General W a s h in g to n , and who stood on man exercises the rights of his Miss Helen Moe Thomas was in WOULD THAT
BE AN ACROS-
guard around his tent until their bloody loot prints were franchise, which the Constitution i town Sunday. (I’m happy to hear TIC?
stamped upon the snows of Valley Forge?
of this Government provides, he ---------------------------------------- — —------
segregation to which our colored
Was it a mistake to bring a nice here w hich could produce should lie able to abide by the dic Governor Dewey Answers
American citizens have been sub
from page 1)
a Peter Salem, who shot down General Pitcairn at Bunker tates of his own CONSCIENCE To (Continued
we must have an America
sacrificing the standard of
Hill, and thus paved the way for Washington to York town? without
there are jobs and op
DECENCY. Yes, we all have our
Daniel Webster in his tribute to him exclaimed:
for everyone, no matter
choice—that is, if we vote at all— economy, the first responsibility of
“I stand on the spot where the blade of Salem flashed regardless of the Party to which any administration to the Negro what his color, his creed or his
these men belong, as long as men 1 citizen and to all other citizens is national origin,
against the Sun of Victory.”
will hesitate to voice their convie- to provide a government of integri- I We must make race préjudice
Was it a mistake to bung a race here who could produce tions
based upon issues and not ty. I pledge you such a government j and religious prejudice unprofita-
a music like the spirituals? The Blues? Jazz? Music straight on Party,
it will be a long time Further, I recognize that no eco- 1 ble My adm inistration will have
from the unhappy hearts of a down-trodden people who never before the political kinks will be nomy can be sound unless there only one prejudice. It will be prej-
ironed out of our political lives. J exists in America e«iuality of op- udiced against injustice. Its loyal-
had a ghost of a chance ’til Lincoln came along?
ty will be to law, to equal protec
Was it a mistake to bring a race here that could produce 1 write as a non-partisan ( thanks j portunity, equal justice before the tion
of the law, to equality of op
an educator like Booker T. Washington? A scientist like Geo. can’t, to save me, see why one people Such condition of etjuality, portunity
W'. Carver? A musician like W. C. Handy? A singer like Mari should disgrace the standard of tie- :*s we know only too well, does not intolerance. and to the fight against
an Anderson? A poet like Paul Laurence Dunbar? A fighter cency if he decided to vote for a exist for the colored American citi- The platform on which I stand
like Joe Louis? A worker like John Henry? These and many friend in the Democratic Party- zen today. This must be corrected, has concerned itself not only with
more have become first-rate examples of the American busi and keeping in mind that one would While I do not believe for a mo- an agency to abolish racial injust
be voting for the man and not the ment that the unique injustices suf ice from employment, but considers
ness and professional career.
Party. If there is nothing that you fered by the Negro today can b£ other vital issues involved in» race
Mrs. Roosevelt eannot prove her case—that it was a mis can
offer to sustain the views of wiped away over night, I believe relations. The platform of the Re
take to bring the Negro here; until she is able to blot out of the above
article, as a too much faith in the conscience publican Party also condemns withe
the American heavens all of the bright stars shining there subscriber mentioned
to the Inquirer, I feel of America ever to believe that this out reservation the injection into
straight from the heart of Negro life.
that this paper owes the surround question of race relations is im American life of racial and religi
ous prejudice. Further, in full rec
possible of solution.
Mrs. Roosevelt’s husband owes his advancement to the ing area an apology.
ognition of the harsh conditions
pinnacle of earthly grandeur and renown to the Negro vote be so close to the woods that he should go to work on it and itself i from
many of our Negroes
in the doubtful states beyond the Potomac River. She owes doesn’t know the danger of the assume responsibility for leader- in the which
her opportunities to become a great lady to these very people trees. In this day and time, there I ship in developing mutual respect platform demands Forces
an immediate in
PuNiaWd Each W«fci«wda»
Portland Inquirer Publishing Co.
In Answer To Mrs. Roosevelt
that she claims should not have been brought here.
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are men in our immediate vicinity
who have friends in practically
every part of the globe. If this be
true, doesn’t it seem possible that
they could have a friend or friends
right here at home regardless of
whether they are in the Democratic
Party or not; whether they are
national figures or local aspirants.
It is probable, that among many
other things, that the Portland In
quirer has a friend or two who is
on the verge of disgracing wthe
standards of decency, too. Since
constructive criticism is always in
order, I trust that in the future,
the welder of the pen will not throw
caution to the wind and weld so
recklessly that it will cause reper
cussion to set in. I trust that you
will agree with me, that all
thoughtless words and deeds return
to haunt us—and very soon. Let us
view this matter soberly!!! If my
memory serves me well, I think
that I have seen some newspapers
continue to serve the community at
large, after the GENERAL ELEC
TION, and this is something that
all good publications shoud de
sire. Yours sincerely,
REV. MOSES GUY.
and cooperation between peoples of quiry to get at the facts of mis
diverse races and religion. This du treatment, segregation and dis
ty is owed to all America and not crimination practiced upon Negroes
only to its Negro citizens. Obvi in our Armed Forces, and the adop
ously, the full citizenship of every. tion of corrective measures. The
American suffers whenever Amer platform further opposes the pay
ican justice is denied to any of our ment of any poll tax as a condi
tion of voting in Federal elections,
The custom of hiring Negro and calls for its abolition. Finally,
workers last and of letting them this party pronouncement declared
go first because of the color of in favor of early enactment of
their skin and without regard to laws against lynching.
their diligence or abilities is an evil This is mv party’s stand on these
practice which strikes fundamental issues: it is my stand, and it is
ly at our goal of equal opportunity. my public pledge that these prom
This denial of justice and equal op ises will be fulfilled.
portunity must be stopped. The I firmly believe that the accom
platform of my party in these plishment of every race, creed and
words, pledges a cure for this color and national origin to go for
grave evil: “We pledge the esta ward to a full life, with equality
blishment by federal legislation of and opportunity for everyone.
a permanent Fair Employment I hope these expressions make
Practice Commission.” I unreserv clear my stand on the vital matter
edly accept this party promise and about which you asked me. T be
have repeatedly pledged its per lieve that with proper leaderiffip
these principles will meet the ac
I consider this commitment most ceptance and approval of the over
important. It removes artificial whelming ’majority of American
barriers to full employment, and ctiizens.
hence is imperative. If we are to With kindest personal regards, I
undercut the prejudice, the bitter am
ness, the tliscrimination and the
Signed, THOMAS E. DEWEY.