Box 9, Folder 23, Document 1
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i OMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION
i203 CITY HALL, ATLANTA GEORGIA sosos
Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.
REPRINTED FROM THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, SUNDAY, JULY 24, 1966
THE POOR’S ANGRY VOICES-
A WARNING AND A THERAPY
“The Negro built this nation; let’s burn it to the
ground!” thundered a delegate to a recent conven-
tion of the poor in Fontana.
“We have found the only way to move the power
structure,” cried another, “is to tell them what will
Times staff writer Jones’s principal assignments are in
the civil rights, welfare and poverty fields.
happen if they don’t meet our demands. The truth
was proved in Watts.”
These cries of outrage, heard time and time again
whenever the rebellious poor or less privileged
gather, certainly are discomfiting to members of an
PROTEST—"’Shouting at a public
official . . . is a demonstration
that the poor and minorities have
< . . . power to challenge the ‘big
affluent society. They expose the latent distrust and
hatred of the so-called “power structure”; they ring
with undertones of terror and possible anarchy.
But viewed with an awareness of other protest
movements of history, they reflect the not abnormal
outcry of a people suddenly offered a chance to vent
Some of the very people who have been the recent
targets of vituperative attacks by the unsophisticated
and uneducated regard those outbursts as healthy.
The Shriver Incident
Sargent Shriver, who directs the antipoverty war
that has had much to do with releasing the angrv