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DECEMBER 21, 1946
The Hartford Chronicle Page Three UNITED STATES LIKES U. OF S.AFRICA New York If the matter of voting is any criteria the Ameri can representatives in the Gen eral Assembly of U. N. are in pretty full agreement with the policies and ambitions of Jan Smuts and the Union of South Africa. From all appearances that major reason and interest be hind Mr. Smuts attendance at this session of the General As sembly i to convince that body that the Union of South Africa should be permitted to incorp orate South West Africa. But unfortunately he came with particularly unclean hands in this instance, for while the treatment ot blacks in the Un ion of South Africa has been known to be atrocious for years, they have been exerting the same pressures on Indian na tionals. So the other. Sunday eve ning the whole matter came to a partial and temporary show down with the vote going against South Africa. The in teresting part of the voting though was the fact that all of the nations with colonial pos sessions lined up in favor of Mr. Smuts overture and the United States joined them. MARINE TESTIFIES AGAINST COLUMBIANS Atlanta Lanier Waller, one of the two former Columbians to testify against the organiza tion at the Grand Jury hearing in Atlanta, has had a hectic life in his twenty-one years. Here is a young man who was left parentless by death when he was five years old and until he was twelve spent his life in an Orphan Asylum. On his thirteenth birthday he ran away . from the institution because of a severe whipping, and went to live with a sister in Atlanta. He left his sister's because he was unable to get along with her and found his way to Dal las, Texas. After a very short period he found himself broke and hungry, falsified his age and enlisted in the Marines. He saw action at both Guadal canal and Bougainville and la ter caught malaria and was sent home, where he was dis charged. After a try at a few odd jobs, he re-enlisted in the Marines but the malaria caught up with him again and he was discharged with 100 disability. Waller said he joined the Columbians because he had no place to go ; wanted to be with other fellows and didn't like "Niggers". But he could not stand the high-handedness of. the Columbians and he did not like the idea of running all the people out of the country but the Columbians. THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER by Art Warmsley The Question: If there was a Santa Clans, what would you ask him to bring you for Christ mas? Mr. Joseph Skinner, Gale Ter race, Meriden, Conn. "If there was a Santa Claus I would like to have him bring me a new car. I would prefer to have a Buic,k. You see I have a sister in California, and I would like to take a trip out there to see her. L. A. appeals to me.' ' Mrs. Wilbur Boiling, 138 Dex ter Ave., Meriden, Conn. "There is a Santa Claus . . . and I would have him bring me a new car. With the price of cars being what they are today, I guess that is the only way I will get one. In a more serious vein though, I think I would wish for continued good health." Mr. Aubery Welsh, 6 State Terrace, Middletown, Conn. "If I could have as productive a year in 1947 as I have had in 1946, plus the same clean bill of health and good fortune I think I would be quite satisfied. And if Santa Claus Avould bring the country improved condi tions and the long awaited peace and freedom of mind from the great turmoil we ex erienced in 1946, 1 think every one would receive the same as I luckily have." i f V :o:-:-:y:-:-V-::::-:-:::-:-:-:-:-:-:-:v:-:-:-::::' llllpiMiiijiii -TO-,,!, 4 r HOUSING RIOTS IN CHICAGO Chicago The Airport Homes Development on the South Side in Chicago has been the crux of a good deal of racial feeling for the past few weeks. This project is under the Chicago Housing Authority, where the assignments are made to vet erans and their families on the basis of need. Fifty-five of these units had been earmarked for Negro -veterans. But some of the white neighbors in the area objected to it being a mixed project and therefore urged some white homeless vet erans to become squatters. Then Mayor Kelly stepped in and emphasized the fact that he was not going to countenance such lawlessness and the people who had been assigned were going to move in, even if it had to be with police protection. This pronouncement by the head of the city made no im pression upon the race haters, for when two Negro veterans moved their furniture to the project, they were greeted by a mob. But Mayor Kelly was ready with 500 police and a free for all ensued in which heads were cracked and cars overturned. But the veterans moved their families in and the Housing project is going right along with assigning families as they qualify. The white veterans group who legitimately live in the project extended a welcome to the Negro veterans. The storm of protest has come from the outside, from people who do not hve in the project and nave nothing to do with it. FOOD AND FAT WASTAGE UPPED SINCE WAR'S END A recen survey by employees of the New York Bureau of Street Cleaning and Waste Col lection shows that "food wastes have risen noticeably" since the end of the war, according to Superintedent C. J. Labdon. One -veteran collector de plored the amount 6f fats tossed away by careless" housewives. During the war, he said, fats were not thrown out and added, "but I can tell you today wo men are wasting an awful lot of fat left on meat trimmings. If they wouldn't, maybe my wife could get a cake of soap once in a while." Superintendent Labdon said that New York's annual waste would ' 'fill the Yankee Stadium to almost six times the height of the Empire State Building" and that from 16 to 18 per cent by weight of the total refuse was foodstuffs. Much of this refuse contains used cooking fats, which if salvaged and turned in would increase pro duction of soap- and many oth er hard to get articles, depend ent on industrial fats and oils. iinwiBiiBiiinniim 1 ECHOES AROUND THE WORLD By WILLIAM lllllinil!IBIII!IBIllllBIIIIlBiniIBIlll!B!!!!!Bn!B!IIl!H! The State FEPC Both the Republican and Democratic parties in Connecti cut have endorsed a Fair Em ployment Practices Committee. On the face 'of it, endorsement by both major poltiical parties should insure passage of such a bill. And there seems to be little doubt that such a bill will be passed. It isn't often that a minority group gets such unqualified endorsement from the powers that be. .However, good the intentions of both parties, it does not behoove the Negro to become lax in his vigil ance. Such a bill is not yet an accomplished fact. The major thing to guard against is the passage of a weak bill. The Negro does not want an FEPC for the mere sake of having an FEPC. He wants one by which things can be accomplished. He does not want a sham. The Negro does not want Connecticut to follow in the footsteps of its sister State of Massachusetts and pass a good bill but by restricting the ap propriation nullify it. Mass achusetts passed a comparative ly good FEPC bill last year, but the legislature only ap propriated $25,000 with which to enforce its provisions. It is quite obvious that there can be little or no enforcement with such an amount. $25,000 would hardly pay the staff salaries, not to mention office space and normal expenses of operation. On the other hand, we have the great and rich state of New York which passed a weak FEPC but gave it some $250,000 a year on which to operate. Though much has been done through the medium of moral persuasion, it can be said that the New York Committee against discrimination has little real power and the bill is struc turally weak. On passage of the bill, the public utilities, in surance companies', department stores and chain stores hired Negroes, which represented a definite gain, but since its op eration began, the effectiveness has been questionable. In Connecticut we have the chance to see that the best bill i is enacted. The bill has not as yet been drawn up. Both par ties have given ample warning that such a bill will be passed. However, we cannot sit back and say, "Leave it to the legis lature". We want a strong bill. We don't want a strong bill to be passed and then ham strung by the lack of appropria tions. Nor do we want a weak bill with ample appropriations. We want a workable FEPC. We want the state of Connecti cut to be the first state in the Union to come forward with an effective FEPC. It is not ex pected that Connecticut try to match New York in appropria ting funds. On the other hand, it is not expected to stoop to the 1 D. GRAHAM lll!BllB!!ffiBI!li!Blll!ie!IIlBI!BII!BrJ!:B!lB!!IBW level of Massachusetts in ap propriating only enough to pay for stationary. The turn the Connecticut bill takes will be in direct propor tion to the interest manifested in the bill by the minority groups of the State. It must not be forgotten that there are powerful interests in the State against the bill. Those inter ests have caused the defeat of a state FEPC before. They will not hesitate to put forward best effort again. Whether we have an adequate bill or not, depends on whether we take' advantage of an . advantage which is now in our laps. Our civic groups cannot rest on the master. They must determine what course is best for the Ne gro and work for the adoption of that course. Let it not be said that we reached the goal line but failed to cross. Political Power In Savannah I ran across an interesting article in a responsible New York paper dealing with the Negro vote in Savannah, Ga. I was stunned and pleasantly surprised by the revelation of the fact that of a 50,000 regi strati6n of voters in the city, 20,000 or two-fifths were Ne groes. The Negro population of . Savannah is 50,000. The article goes on to say, "But the arduous courting of the Negro vote continues here. On one side is the Citizens Progressive League. It was born of dis satisfaction with the existing administration and supported by the Negro vote, it was vic torious ... In Georgia, Negroes have intended to vote in a bloc where their interests were seri ously involved; they could not do otherwise. In municipal elections where the rights of Negroes were not. involved, they intended to vote just about the same as white voters -did." A very god , observation. Things involving Negro rights may in clude in Georgia better hous ing, better economic opportun ities, better schools and protec tion from police brutality. All of these do not apply to Conn, but "better housing and better economic opportunity" do. There is great need for both. The Negro citizens of Georgia are putting up a great fight to crack the hold the lily-white democratic primary has had on them. All indications are that they are succeeding with phe nomenal success. WAVERLY LUNCHEONETTE Where the Crowd Goes "After Hours" 559 Albany Avenue Hartford, Conn. Jos. Andelman, Prop.