Elmer A. Carter

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

Carter, Chairman of New York State Commission Against Discrimination, discusses the commission's work.

Bernard Buck moderates.

Panelists: Lillian Affan, Barbara Benmolche, Bill Larkin


A complainant files a complaint, which is investigated. At a public hearing, a cease and desist order may be issued. If that is not followed, the Commission can get the order reaffirmed by the Supreme Court. Widespread and flagrant discrimination on the part of motels, hotels, and restaurants in the resort area. 413 complaints against places of public accommodation. Real estate agent in Greenwich refused to answer a complaint. In the resort areas, the Negro suffers more than any other group, though there is religious discrimination. Discrimination made against people because they are not Jewish. Housing discrimination. Applauds the work of the NY Board of Education. The commissioners try not to judge cases based on emotions. Cases when those discriminated against don't report an incident for fear of reprisal. Cases of people who file complaints and then refuse the offered position. Anonymous complaints.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72096
Municipal archives id: LT8453