Claims Negro Riot
Was Motivated Only
By Economic Cause
Mr. Miller, Speaker at Negro
Study Forum, Says Riot
Was Not Race Clash
"The Harlem riot was
not a race riot. There was never any attempt by colored people to
attack whites, but merely an objection to economic conditions." said
Mr. Alexander F. Miller, secretary of the Y.M.C.A. and President of the
Brooklyn Branch of the National Association for Advancement of Colored
People, at the Negro Study Forum Wednesday.
that exist wouldn't have existed if the Negro people had been more
observant. In the pre-depression years negroes enjoyed social life in
Harlem instead of thinking of their economic advancement," he
Mr. Miller also
said that several competing groups in Harlem, because of selfishness
and demagoguery, have, instead of lifting the burden of the negroes,
made it heavier. Most of their meetings are conducted in "true Huey
Long style," he said.
"We have no
organized action by intelligent negroes to combat discrimination," Mr.
was followed by Mr. Robert Campbell, representative of the League of
Struggle for Negro Rights, who stated, "The Negro in the United States
constitutes a national minority bearing the greater brunt of the
depression, singled out as no other group and receiving one-third less
relief than other groups. The Negro people have never been given an
opportunity to better their conditions."
Mr. Campbell then
spoke of the work done by his organization to further the conditions of
the negro, saying it was "a progressive united action which would help
further their cause. The Negro alone cannot better his conditions."
passed at the meeting to send delegates to the Anti-Nazi Olympic
Committee and to the meeting held at Arcadia. Hall concerning race
riots. They also voted to support the student strike to bi held on
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