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Discrimination is an Ugly Word

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Title

Discrimination is an Ugly Word

Description

From the personal library of Forbes Hill, this pamphlet produced by the Greek-American periodical The Chicago Pnyx decries election discrimination in Georgia.

Subject

Discrimination--Government policy--United States
American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association

Creator

The Chicago Pnyx

Source

ForbesHillCollection.Box1.Folder20

Publisher

Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)

Date

circa 1949

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Language

English

Type

Text

Coverage

Chicago (Ill.)
Georgia

Text

Discrimination
IS AN
UGLY WORD,
UNWORTHY
OF THE VOCABULARY
OF
Real Americans

THE CHICAGO PNYX
An Independent Monthly Newspaper Interpreting The Nation's Hellenic Thought
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Foreign-Born Citizens Are Georgia Political Scape-Goats
By PETER N. MANTZOROS
Feb 12 1949

A political crime is about to be committed by the State Legislature of Georgia, if a bill now introduced in the State Senate is allowed to become law.

A measure to bar foreign-born persons from holding elective office in the State was introduced recently by two Senators, Edgar D. Clay Jr., of Harlan, and Crawford Pilcher, floor leader of Warren.

I don't know whether these two State Senators are members of the un-American KKK but their so called anti-foreign-born bill certainly smacks of totalitarianism and has a strong odor indicating that it has been OK'd by bands of sheeted figures performing their ceremonial mumbo-jumbo while listening to intolerance preached in the guise of patriotism.

No doubt all Georgia minority groups have noticed this new pattern of reaction and are taking the necessary steps to protect the fundamental rights and principles that the makers of the American Constitution endeavored to secure for our nation: (1) The recognition of complete equality among all citizens; (2) The absolute sovereignty of the people; (3) Protection of the people against usurpation or misuse of authority by their officers.

The Georgia minority groups should resort to public advertisements in their local newspapers, lectures and general meetings, to point out to the good citizens of the State that the sovereignty of the people is about to degenerate into the sovereignty of the un-American Klaners and that, no more obnoxious mishmash has ever attended politics in an American State. Furthermore, it should be pointed out, especially, to the State senators Clay and Pilcher and their political ilk that foreign-born citizens have more than made their mark in the United States; contributed to its prosperity and advancement everywhere; upheld its institutions and voluntarily served in the armed forces of our nation for the preservation of the American Democracy.

Forty per cent of the Georgia House membership are on the side of the law-abiding progressive citizens of the State who despise the un-American Klan and all it stands for. But, it remains for the citizens of the entire State to clean out the un-American element from their legislative chamber.

If Clay and Pilcher had the interests of Georgia at heart, no doubt they would urge their colleagues in the House to sponsor a bill for the amelioration of almost 500,000 families which live in 485,000 homes without running water; if they believe in 100 per cent Americanism they should also sponsor another bill to stamp out the high rate of syphilis in their State. The rate among the white population of the State averages 145.9 per 1,000 persons as against 4.8 for New Hampshire; and finally if these two gentlemen really believed in social, political and economic justice they would sponsor a bill to make every Georgia town install a public sewer system. According to available statistics only 170 out of 593 incorporated towns have a public sewer system. I suspect that the 170 towns are off limits to all Georgians except the Southern Gentlemen and Southern Aristocrats.
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Georgia Is Asked to Ban Election of Foreign-Born
New York Times
Jan. 26, 1949
By The United Press.

ATLANTA, Jan. 25 - A measure to bar foreign-born persons from holding elective office in Georgia was introduced in the state Senate today.
Senators Edgar D. Clary Jr. of Harian and Crawford Pilcher, floor leader, of Warren submitted a resolution to change the state constitution to read that only native Americans are eligible for such jobs.
"As Georgia becomes more industrialized," Senator Clary said, "there will be greater and greater numbers of foreign-born people coming into the state.
"Right now in some other states foreign countries are financing political campaigns by foreign-born citizens seeking election to American offices," he added. "This is not happening in Georgia now but we don't want it ever to happen."
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Order of Ahepa
National Headquarters
1420 K Street, N. W.
Washington-5, D. C.

ARTHUR H. LALOS
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

February 18, 1949

Mr. Peter N. Mantzoros
Editor, THE CHICAGO PNYX
4805 North Wolcott Street
Chicago, Illinois

Dear Brother Mantzoros:

We are in receipt of your letter of February 12, 1949, enclosing a clipping from the CHICAGO PNYX relative to a bill before the State Legislature of Georgia intended to bar foreign born persons from holding public office. This matter is being brought to the attention of the Supreme Lodge.
Personally, and on behalf of the Supreme Lodge, we extend to you congratulations and thanks for your alertness in bringing before the public measures detrimental to our American form of government.
Sincerely and fraternally yours
AHEPA NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS

Arthur H. Lalos
Executive Secretary
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The publication of this pamphlet was made possible by the following patriotic Americans who are interested in good Government.

PAUL JAVARAS
Editor, "Greek Press"
VAN A. NOMIKOS
PAUL DEMOS
JOHN L. MANTA
President
Pan-Hellenic Federation
PETER N. MANTZOROS
Past Commander and Founder
American Hellenic Veterans Ass'n
ARTHER H. PEPONIS
PETER S. SIAVELIS
DEMETRIOS PAPAGEORGE
JOE FARAGO
GUST RELIAS
PETER D. GIANUKOS
JOHN FLOROS
GEORGE N. ANDREWS
CONSTANTINE D. CHIOLES
PETER PAPPAS
HARRY KAPPAS
ARTHUR C. SALOPOULOS
JAMES W. ZEES
Past Commander
Chicago Post No. 1
American Hellenic Veterans Ass'n
TAKIS CHRISTOPOULOS

Original Format

Paper
Pamphlet
8.5 x 11 inches (216 x 279 mm)

Citation

The Chicago Pnyx, “Discrimination is an Ugly Word,” Queens College Civil Rights Archives, accessed May 17, 2022, http://archives.qc.cuny.edu/civilrights/items/show/332.

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