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We view with utmost concern, therefore, the proposal of a member of the President's Cabinet to negate the fundamental democratic democratic premises of our Nation by suppressing a minority political party with whose program the Government in power is at odds. The rise of fascism in Germany teaches us all too well the fearful ends to which Secretary Schwellenbach's proposal proposal would lead, .iitler first outlawed the Communist party. Then, under the false guise of "fighting communism," communism," he destroyed the trade union movement and all other democratic associations of the German people. There followed followed the brutal and systematic persecution and annihilation annihilation of the whole Jewish people, and then a terrible war to secure Nazi imperalist interests at the expense of other nations. Our Government must not play into the hands of those fascist - imperialist forces - within our borders who would cherish a similar program for America! We know fall well that a triumphant fascism in America America would doom the already oppressed Negro people to the horrible fate of the ewish minority in Nazi Germany. We will resist with all our power every step taken in that direction! As Negro Americans, we cannot be unmindful that this proposal to outlaw the Communist party comes precisely when our Federal Government professes grave concern over the democratic rights of peoples in far - distant parts of the world, but is strangely apathetic about the mounting mounting attacks upon the economic and political rights indeed, the very lives of the Negro people of the United States, This fact aggravates our concern. We call upon the President and Congress promptly to enact legislation to guarantee fair employment practices, to abolish poll tax and other barriers to free elections, to outlaw lynching, and to establish a national code of civil rights. This program, we submit, is far more consistent with the democratic ideals and aspirations of the American American people than the fascist - like proposal to illegalize the Communist party. deceased ; of;l thell Vir - I : . . I Newj of; president was Bap - years. 1943, O. of an A. I of! from and the! Nearly 100 leaders of the Negro, people, headed by Paul Robeson, W. E. B. DuBois and Roscoe Dunjee. this week called, upon President Truman and Congress "to repudiate decisively decisively the fascist - like proposal proposal of Labor Secretary Lewis B. Schwellenbach to illegalize the Communist Party. We will resist with all our power every step taken in that direction !" In a statement currently published published as a paid advertisement in a dozen Negro newspapers, the petitioners told the President President and Congress: "It is clear that the Negro's historic goal of freedom from - racial discrimination discrimination and oppression can be attained only in a society where the civil and political liberties of minorities are fully protected by government. We view with utmost concern, therefore, the proposal of a member of the President's Cabinet to negate the fundamental fundamental democratic premises of our ' nation by suppressing a minority political party with whose program ' the government government in power is at odds." Signed by a notable list of national and community leaders, leaders, including bishops, college presidents, lawyers, trade unionsists, doctors and others, the statement declares: "As Negro Americans, we cannot be unmindful that this proposal proposal to outlaw the Communist Party comes precisely when our Federal Government professes professes grave concern over the democratic rights of peoples in far distant parts of the world, but is strangely apathetic about the mounting attacks upon the economic and political rights indeed, the very lives of the Negro people of the United States. This fact aggravates our concern. concern. "Hitler first outlawed the Communist Party," the statement statement points out, following which, "under the false guise of 'fighting communism,' he destroyed the trade union movement and all democratic associations of the German people," and began "the brutal and systematic persecution and annihiliation of the whole Jewish people." Robeson, DuBois, Dunjee and their associates then declare: declare: "Our Government must not Flay into the hands of those aticist - imperlalist forces within within our own borders who would cherish a simUar program for America ! " "We know full well that a triumphant fascism In America America would doom the already oppressed oppressed Negro people to the horrible fate of the Jewish minority minority In Nasi Germany. We will resist with all our power every step taken In that direction direction ! Included among the signers of the statement, which was transmitted to the White House and Congress this week, are Fay E. Allen (Calif.), Bishop C. C. Alleyne (Pa., Assemblyman William T. Andrews Andrews (N. Y., Augustine A. Austin (N. Y.). Charlotta A. Bass (Calif.), and Rev. Shelton Hale Bishop (N. Y. C.) Also Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown (N. C). Rev. A. J. Cuf - fee (Conn.). Councilman Benjamin Benjamin J. Davis Jr. (N. Y.), William N. DeBerry (Mass.). Arthur Huff Fauset (Pa.), Atty. Charles H. Houston (D. C.) and Alvin H. Jones (La.) Also Dr. David D. Jones (N. C), Dr. Rayford W. Logan D. C). Dr. Benjamin E. Mays (Ga.). Attv. LeBron Simmons (Mich.). Marv Church Terrell (D. C. and Ernest Thompson (N. J.) Also Bishop P. A. Wallace (N. Y.), Doxey A. Wllkerson (N. Y.). Robert E. Wllkerson (Ind.), Bishop. Noah H. Williams Williams (Mo.) and Dr. Max Yer - gan (N. Y.). PAUL IOIESON OR. W. L B. OslOIS KOSCOI DUNJII PAY L ALLEN IISHOP C. C. ALLITNI HON. WILLIAM T. ANDIIWS AUGUSTINI A. AUSTIN CHARLOTTA A. IASS JOSEPH 0. IITT ARON D. IOWLIN6 REV. SHELTON HALI IISHOP DR. CHARLOTTE HAWKINS IROWN L M. CHRISTOPHE JOHN T. CLARK TANDY W. COGOS REV. A. J. CUPPEE HON. IENJAMIN J. DAVIS HILDA A. DAVIS DR. IRA DeA. REID REV. HENRI M. DEAS WILLIAM N. DetERRY RAYMOND DENNIS DR. ARNOLD DONAWA MOZSLLE C. EDWARDS JAMES W. EldHELIERwER .hilliard ellis arthur hupp pauset a. l. foster arthur garvin jr. dr. charles g. gomillion edmonia w. grant rev. arthur d. gray dr. s. l. greene jr. rev. edler . hawkins atty. charles h. houston rev. r. i. hurt i m. Mcdonald isaac jr. bernard jackson p. w. jacobs ralph jacobs EDNA JOHNSON M. S. JOHNSON ALVIN H. JONES DR. DAVIO D. JONES REV. HERBERT KING MAURICE A. LEE DR. RAYPORD W. LOGAN DR. BENJAMIN E. MAYS' REV. H. T. MEDPORD GEORGE A. PARKER EMIL RAMIREZ ATTY. WILLARD B. RANSOM REV. J. M. REED MYRTLE ROPER ATTY. C LeBRON SIMMONS COUNCILMAN JAMES B. SIM - MONS JR. REV. STEPHEN GILL SPOTTS - WOOD MILAS S. - STEPHENS A. ELLIS STEWART ATTY. C. FRANCIS STRADPORD DR. RALPH H. SUCX MARY CHURCH TERRELL ERNEST THOMPSON ROBERT A. THOMPSON EDWARD TOLAN HARCOURT A. TYNES BISHOP P. A. WALLACE DR. EDWARD K. WEAVER DOXEY A. WILKERSON ROBERT E. WILKERSON PRANK WILLIAMS BISHOP NOAH W. WILLIAMS - DR. MAX YERGAN ( I ENDORSE THIS STATEMENT MM Paul Robeson, Roscoe Dunjee and W. E. B. DuBois 23 West Twenty - sixth Street New York City j Dear Friends: j I authorize you to add my signature to the petition calling upon President Truman and Congress to reject the proposal co illegalize the Communist party. i Name i Address Post Office . THE RIGHTS OF MINORITIES - THE TEST OF DEMOCRACY I ! 1

Clipped from The Pittsburgh Courier26 Apr 1947, SatPage 5

The Pittsburgh Courier (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)26 Apr 1947, SatPage 5
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