Public Statement by Eight Alabama Clergymen

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April 12, 1963
We the undersigned clergymen are among those who, in January, issued "An Appeal (yüksek mahkemeye yapılan rica. başvuru. temyiz) for Law and Order and Common Sense," in dealing with racial problems in Alabama. We expressed understanding that honest convictions (kanaat) in racial matters could properly be pursued (takip etmek) in the courts, but urged (ileri surmek) that decisions of those courts should in the meantime be peacefully obeyed. Since that time there had been some evidence of increased forbearance (hoşgörü) and a willingness to face facts. Responsible citizens have undertaken to work on various problems which cause racial friction and unrest. In Birmingham, recent public events have given indication that we all have opportunity for a new constructive and realistic approach to racial problems. However, we are now confronted by a series of demonstrations by some of our Negro citizens, directed and led in part by outsiders. We recognize the natural impatience of people who feel that their hopes are slow in being realized. But we are convinced that these demonstrations are unwise and untimely. We agree rather with certain local Negro leadership which has called for honest and open hegotiation of racial issues in our area. And we believe this kind of facing of issues can best be accomplished by citizens of our own metropolitan area, white and Negro, meeting with their knowledge and experience of the local situation. All of us need to face that responsibility and find proper channels for its accomplishment. Just as we formerly pointed out that "hatred and violence have no sanction in our religious and political traditions," we also point out that such actions as incite to hatred and violence, however technically peaceful those actions may be, have not contributed to the resolution of our local problems. We do not believe that these days of new hope are days when extreme measures are justified in...
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