Letter from W. J. Murphy to Deton Brooks

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Abstract

Congressman W. J. Murphy writes this letter to Dr. Deton Brooks, Executive Director of the Commission on Urban Opportunity. After listening to a radio show, of which Dr. Brooks and Dr. King posed commentary, Murphy was prompted with a response towards solving America's racial issues. Murphy states he initially opposed the executively ordered Fair Employment Practices Commission for the reason that brotherly love could not be legislated. FEPC requires that companies in governmental contract could not discriminate on the basis of race or religion. Despite this opposition, however, he is interested in understanding the causes, attitudes, and possible solutions of current racial conflicts. Considering present race relations, Murphy offers several suggestions and points of concern.

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