Page 4


lc 1C lt DON’T BE HALF SAFE! In The Senate Run-off WRITE-IN: LOUIS CAPET LOUIS `QUATORZE’ CAPET Stop the Quibbling; A ‘True Conservative’ Sixty Years’ Experience; Anti-Labor Safe, Cautious, He’ll Stay Put Dead Three Centuries 3C 3t 3C X A Slow Taking Over? Presidents `Disloyal’ In Big D In an accompanying note, the author of this article wrote: “The intellectuals, the professionals, are going to have to start taking more of the offensive in this whole area of struggle.” At the meeting she describes there was “nobody from SMUno ministers, no professors, no lawyers. Either they are too busy, they don’t recognize the threat, or they feel they will endanger their economic position by speaking out.” DALLAS A public hearing held April 14 by the Dallas Independent School District to receive suggestions and criticisms concerning its new high school course, “The Principles of American Freedom in Contrast to the Tyranny of Communism,” sounded very much like an open meeting of the John Birch Society. Those rabid vocational and avocational anti-communists and staunch segregationists made no pretense whatsoever of favoring democracy. They insisted to an overflow audience that America was established not as a democracy, but as a republic \(applause from about half the auditen /by Caucasians ; that a different race from the Caucasians who founded America would like to claim it ; and that these aliens should ask for quick conveyance to Africa. Other suggestions: Christianity is the only way to combat communism; the course should have a religious emphasis ; we should get to our youth while they are young “like Hitler and Tojo did and brainwash them our way.” A loyalty check by the FBI for teachers who will be conducting the course and FBI approval of the course itself were suggested. Ruth D. Smith objected to the unit’s quoting any of our modern-day presidents because “for the last forty years none of them have been patriots.” Derisive laughter greeted the mention of Earl Warren’s name’ by one of the speakers. Addie Barlowe Frazier of the White Citizens for America, a perpetual speaker at school board meetings, wanted to know what organizations had endorsed the program. She insisted that the PTA, the League of Women Voters, and almost all important organizations in America have been infiltrated, and that there are “more Reds in the ministry than any other group.” She complained of the use of the word “democracy.” “It is sickening the way the word democracy is used.” The terms “radical nationalism” and “peaceful coexistence” she branded as communistic. At a school board meeting two nights before, Mrs. Frazier had said that no teacher is qualified to teach this course if she thinks the UN is an instrument of peace when in reality “it is the center of a communist conspiracy” and “founded by such traitors as Hiss and Eleanor Roosevelt.” Speakers in rebuttal included Clarence Laws, field secretary of the NAACP, who said his organization “is sensitized to the communist threat.” He commended the school board for the new course of study. Laws said that each race, creed, and color has contributed to American culture, and cited Crispus Attucks, the first Negro to fall in the Revolutionary War. He said Negroes were so preoccupied trying to make democracy work, they were not always busy fighting communism. \(While he was speaking, Addie Frazier held up a pamphlet entitled “Communism Mrs. Donald Lewis said she had faith and trust in the Dallas teachers and objected to suspicions cast upon them. Mrs. Leo Klarr said she was very disturbed at some of the things she HOUSTON Some quite fundamental change may be taking place gradually in our state and country, unproclaimed but pervasive, a necessary consequence of the persistent propaganda of wealth. Take any single trashy little ad or any given slogan of big-money politics, the average man or woman shrugs it off like a spider’s web or mosquito, but the question is, have these countless peltings from the rich, these saturation propagandas, begun finally to bind down the public’s opinions, to suck from the general body of us the blood of our own ideas? Living in Texas we are misled about the general temper of the country. Ten days in Houston, one can become so depressed about the raging rightists here, a fear for the future of the country sets in and worry takes the freshness from the grey evening air. Civilized political discourse among amicably disagreeing Democrats and Republicans seems far away indeed when one sits two hours among 3,000 John Birchers who cheer dead Joe McCarthy and pray in the name of love for the damnation of half the world. With the flowers painting the roadways and the country weekends beginning again why should one worry about the national flowering of the right wing? WHY WORRY, why worry man, that the Christian Anti-Communism Crusade is turning tens or hundreds of thousands of good citizens against liberalism by allying it with communism? had heard and felt that we couldn’t build up America by tearing down our basic institutions and by looking suspiciously at those with differences of opinion. Mrs. L. N. D. Wells said that a basic American right is the right to differ in beliefs. “Not all of us are Christians and Caucasians who make up our country.” An SMU student closed the hearing with the remark, “As one of Indian ancestry, I would be happy for all you Caucasians to go back to Europe.” RUTHE WINEGARTEN Why worry that the two North Texas business organizations are continuing to give thousands of dollars to public schools in Texas for the teaching of principles of conservatism they call Americanism? Why worry that Freedom in Action has held 350 meetings in 1960 and draws more and more of its strength from young people? Why worry, when one can take an easy walk in the summering evening, that students in five Houston high schools are holding seminars in political conservatism? That a teacher has been ousted here because a Minute Woman did not approve of what she heard him say in class when she was there observing him? That the director of social studies in the Houston public secondary schools appeared before Jesse Jones High School students Thursday night on the same program with “Operation Abolition” and called it a fine thing? Why worry, with the weeks in Mexico to plan, that the federally assisted Dallas civil defense program is sponsoring showings of “Operation Abolition” and its “civil defense” director endorses it? WHY WORRY, with the weeks in Mexico to plan, that double billionaire H. L. Hunt continues to finance, with tax write-offs for advertising, a majority of the local outlets for Wayne Poucher’s Death Line against the United Nations and foreign aid and federal aid to education? Man, like it was nothin’, why worry about the newspaper ads against one worlders and the Connally Amendment, medical care for the aged, rural electric cooperatives, public power dams, the federal income tax, and liberals in the loopholes? And when elections come, why, worry longer than it takes to suffer the loss gracefully? There will be another day and we can came to terms with power. Can’t we? We can teach our kids of love and liberties and let the neighbors go. Until some time not much from this time, we may find the time has passed when most of us were thinking for ourselves. R.D. Thoughts About Two Joe , Lloyd AUSTIN Does serving as a tail-gunner permanently damage a man’s political philosophy? This question certainly merits the attention of our best psychologists. The late Joe McCarthy served, or claimed to have served, as a tail-gunner in World War II. Lloyd Martin, the unusual young representative from Normangee, served as tail-gunner during the Korean War. Is there something permanently traumatic about sitting there in the tail-end of the plane, vulnerable as a ready boil, amidst a hostile sky? He’s a senior in the UT law school and, we understand, a good student. Certainly he can’t be called inept in the House: he shot through a resolution praising the House Un-American Activities Committee with so little opposition that the liberals only grin foolishly when it is mentioned. And he is well on his way to getting his retaliatory sit-in bill to the floor where its chances for passage are certainly not poor in the general atmosphere of blustering timidity that cloaks the House. Martin seems to have absolutely no idea what the sit-ins are all about. He told us, for example, that he was under the impression that most of the sit-inners were troublemaking white folks, not Negroes. Certainly, he said, he was aiming at the trouble-making white folks, not at the Negroes. It surely need not be mentioned herewhat apparently everyone but the son of Normangee knowsthat for every 50 Negro sitinners, there is no more than one or two white sympathizers along. Usually representatives introduce legislation to correct situations affecting their home areas. Has the Normangee area been troubled by sit-ins? “I’m not sure,” said Martin. “I forget. Some groups might have started to sit-in. I know some people over there got alarmed.” Or consider the supreme being bill, pushed by W. T. Oliver but favored by Martin. It would have a teacher in Texas swear he believes in a supreme being to get a job. About this bill Martin says: “Did I co-sign it? If I co-signed it, which I think I did, it is not so much in something as it is to oppose what has gone on under the cloak of academic freedom. They can believe anything they want to as long as they don’t teach it.” In other words, Martin wouldn’t mind hiring a liar, but he would not want to hire an atheist. But if he had to hire an atheist, he would insist that he be a lying atheist. Martin pulled out a newspaper clipping from the University of Texas Daily Texan, a column by Chandler Davidson, one sentence of which read: “We are enlisting the support of influential citizens ranging from Harry Belefonte to J. Frank Dobie to Reinhold Niebuhr to Eleanor Roosevelt.” Martin got a kick out of that sentence. He noted that each of those mentioned is among those opposing the House Un-American Activities Committee, opposition which in itself makes them suspect with Martin, and he added : “I wish more people would list J. Frank Dobie’s name in connection with Harry Belafonte so we could put him in proper perspective. He’s the big hero around here.” Obviously Martin thinks listing names in conjunction signifies something. One might be hard put to find similarities between J. Frank Dobie and Harry Belafonte, other than that they both like freedom and folk songs. One might also be hard put to find similarities between Tail-gunner Joe and Tail-gunner Lloyd, other than that both put their names to legislation that advocates harassment, busybodying, and curtailed freedom. B.S.