John Bell Answers Attacks On State

Newspaper Article
Thu, 02/10/1966
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The reporter writes about the findings of Joseph Y. Resnic, democratic representative from New York, after visiting Mississippi, and the subsequent response from Mississippi Representative John Bell Williams. Resnick found that Williams was correct in his assessment that Communists took part in the instigation of race disputes, but also accused Mississippi of denying food to hungry African Americans in order to drive them from the state. Williams’s response antagonistically suggested that Resnick should invite these displaced African Americans to work in his factory in New York. Williams went on to accuse the protestors at the Greenville Air Force Base of indulging in lawlessness and acting foolishly in attempts to create dissension and revolution, as opposed to experiencing hunger, as Resnick had implied. The reporter goes on to describe Williams' view of the similarity between the Mississippi Poor People’s Conference and the Communist leaders of Castro’s Cuba.

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Document Description: one-page photocopy of article; located in PLT Archive folder "Delta Ministry (Div. of Nat'l Council of Churches) pro, anti-literature"; part of "Exhibit A- A series of clippings about The Delta Ministry and the sit-in at the Greenville Air Force Base in Greenville, Mississippi" (1C/S03.01); The publication date of the article (noted above) was written in pencil on the article or on a photocopy of the article.

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