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Keeping Up With the Times Good Evening! The Ultimate Citadel An incident of racial hostility, as reported in today's issue of the CATHOLIC STAR HERALD, the excellent weekly newspaper published by the Camden diocese, Illustrates the fact that legislation is only one step, albeit an important one, in the road toward decent human relations among all American citizens. Most of the provisions of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 have been part of the laws of New Jersey for the past 20 years. Because of this state legislation, most of which originated during the administration of Qov. Alfred E. Driscoll, the lot of the Negro has been happier in general in the Garden State than in the South. But these laws hardly can be said to have eradicated deep prejudice against the Negro in New Jersey, for laws cannot reach the final citadels of prejudice, the heart and the mind. In a section of Camden several weeks ago, on a street ironically named Lincoln ave., a Negro couple prepared to move into a $12,500 home they had purchased in an otherwise all-white neighborhood. The wife, after doing some interior cleaning on a Saturday preparatory to the move, left for the weekend. She returned on Monday and found black paint smeared over the front of the house. She telephoned Camden police, left the home again for a few hours, and returned to find that her mail had been torn up. The rest of the report by Father William F. Eckert in the STAR HERALD Is both heartening and disheartening. On the plus side was the action of clergymen, led by the Rev. Harry L. Hall of Christus Lutheran Church, and Msgr. Joseph F. Doherty, Vicar General of the Camden diocese and pastor of St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral in East Camden, in organizing a clean-up squad to undo the damage done by the anonymous racists. The squad also included an Episcopal pastor, a Baptist minister, a Presbyterian minister and eight laymen. Their selfless, considerate action must have provided : Immeasurable courage and inner comfort for the young Negro couple. Particularly vital was the statement of Msgr. Doherty, who said: "I am happy to join with Pastor Hall In this act of charity. He is letting it be known to all men that God is the Father of all regardless of color. Pastor Hall does not stand alone. Let it be known also that no Catholic can countenance any type of racial discrimination or related intimidation. No true American can be intimidated; no true American Intimidates . . ." What was disheartening, as Father Eckert pointed out, Wil that not a single neighbor in the same block of the home that had been defaced had the desire, or perhaps the courage, to help right a wrong by joining in the cleanup squad. All claimed nobody In the block had been responsible for the splashing of the paint on the Negro couple's home, but they sullenly refused to help remove the paint. Father Eckert's conclusions are worth some study: "All those (neighbors) I interviewed said flatly they intended to stay -their homes and not sell, but no one spoke of organizing to promote common understanding and security among the friends and neighbors who inhabit the street. The future of the city, state and nation rests very much, in my opinion, on how our people in such places as Lincoln ave. meet the challenges and opportunities presented the racial problem . . . "Churchmen took the lead on Lincoln ave., but pastors without a flock can't do much. The authorities, public and private, as well as the press, will have to measure and assess the response against the call of the spiritual leaders." Brotherhood is no more an abstraction in Vineland than in Camden. -BEN LEUCHTER Sloop Fishes MIAMI (UPI) - The former governor of Camaguey Province, Cuba, firing squad target tattooed over heart, arrived here Thursday night .. -s . V t N"' f S. WSx SURVIVES RAFT VOYAGE ex-Governor of Cuba's Camaguey his sister, Graciola, on his escaped a Cartro prison camp before being picked up by a EXPERIENCED TAB OPERATOR Permanent position. Will train for computor operation in near future. Apply in person to Irv Brotman

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  1. The Daily Journal,
  2. 30 Jul 1965, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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