Earl Brown

Sunday, August 03, 1958

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

City Councilman Brown answers questions about Tammany Hall and the Negro.

Jay Nelson Tuck moderates.

Panelists: Robert Bird and James Farrell


Issues in the primary election against Adam Clayton Powell. Powell could be accused of having been guilty of racist tendencies on the streets of Harlem. Eisenhower has vacillated and oscillated on the issue of civil rights. Problems in Little Rock could be blamed on this. It was necessary to send troops to Little Rock. Renomination of Orval Faubus will be psychological lift to the segregationists, but the integrationists will win. The South believes they can win over the integrationists. There are two Democratic parties, the South and the North. Must continue to strive for civil rights even after certain gains have been achieved. Wants an amendment to the civil rights law that guarantees "Part three" of the original bill, personal security. Powell amendment Integration and equality rests with the Federal government, they must insist on equal treatment and opportunities for all citizens. Possibilities of passing an education bill. The Southerners ask for states rights even as they ask for better freight rates. Immigration laws are discriminatory. Would accept an abolition of quota system, which is absolutely discriminatory. Powell was denied the nomination because he has supported the Republican Party. Powell has accepted the endorsement of Tammany Hall 7 times before. Powell has received an "awful hunk of cake" from Tammany Hall. Housing discrimination hits at the core of the lack of equality for many different groups. Housing segregation means school and job segregation. Brown-Sharkey-Isaacson Bill. Passport requirements. Recession. Eisenhower has not demonstrated the leadership to deal with the recession; should have done more for the small businessman. Eisenhower's intervention in Lebanon was called for. House Un American Activities Committee has not done its homework on making sound investigations.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72189
Municipal archives id: LT8240


Robert Bird, Earl Brown, Jim Farrell and Jay Nelson Tuck


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