Dear Mr Kirk
I appreciate very much your support of my defense policy. I believe I also can understand why you think me a “closet racist.” Certainly there has been a constant drumbeat of propaganda to that effect ever since I took office. Some leaders of Black organizations have joined in this whether to enhance their own stature by arousing the membership to anger or not I don’t know.
You of course would have no way of knowing the truth about me. May I point out a few things on my own behalf?
I was raised from childhood by parents who believed bigotry & prejudice were the worst things a person could be guilty of. My father once slept in his car during an Illinois blizzard rather than stay in a hotel that wouldn’t allow Jews. He was Irish Catholic.
As a Sports announcer broadcasting Big League baseball in the middle ‘30s I campaigned against the rule that prohibited Blacks from playing in organized ball. As Gov. of Calif. I appointed more Blacks to executive and policy making positions than all the previous Gov’s [sic] of Calif. put together. I too have a dream, a dream that one day whatever is done to or for someone will be done neither because of or in spite of their race. We are equal in the sight of God – we should be equal in the sight of man. By the way I was raised in poverty.