Letter December 27, 1982
December 27, 1982
Dear Mr. Hawkins,
I have enclosed an article from a local newspaper about reparations for treatment of people by the United States government.
If you and others allow this to take place without asking for more, or the same for Black Americans, I would think that you were irresponsible.
Look at the plight of our people, we were literally kidnapped from our mother land, plus the fact that we lost out birth rights. (last names). We can still see the scars of slavery, bigotry, racial discrimination which de-humanized many of our people. We provided free labor to this country for more than one hundred years. What did we get for it?
The Japanese keep reminding our government about their mistreatment.
The Jews remind our conscience of Nazi Germany.
Leroy Pattersonc.c. 10 other Black Associations & Representatives