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But there are thousands of Negro soldiers like me, who, knowing perhaps they must give up their lives for the cause of freedom have decided to make this greatest gift - this supreme act of charity - begin at home.

In other words, Mr. President, when I shall have been inducted into the armed aervices of this country I shall more persistently, more vigoursly and more definitely attack the foes of human liberty in the United States. I shall consider it my duty to do this at the risk of life and limb. I shall denounce with all me might the double standerd of "de-mock-racy" and I will correctly define democracy. I will read to them the Declaration of Independence and its equality clause. I will recite the Constiution and not leave out the thirteenth, forteenth and the fifteenth amendments. I will call their attention to your discussion of the four freedoms and tell them I am under oath to defend all of these. I will do all of this and more and when they advise me to be patient as they did when they thought I was Uncle Tom, I'll reply - patience, hell - this is war!

There is no other course left open to me, yet I know I will not prevail upon them to change. Even though I speak the turth my voice is too small to be heard. These American mongers of the master race doctrine will quickly and deftly silence me. They think that by killing me and all like me who speak out for full human freedom at home, they will have solved their problem. They will fall just as surely as Hitler has failed to do this identical thing in Europe. You know and I know that the ideal of human freedom cannot be squelched by killing the man in whose breast it is borne. But because my words will fall on the ears of true fascists I know they have already decided to "give me death" as they have given to many of my buddies before me. They will kill me and the report will read, "death . . . by accident." But my few friends will know that my death resulted because I was fighting against fascism. They will tell others who will tell others who in turn will tell others, until finally the result will be as if a thousand men had been killed instead of one. The seeds of human freedom are being carried everywhere by this current whirlwind. The witch-doctors of the master race doctrine in America will find they have increased their problems ten thousand-fold.

I thought I would tell you about these things, Mr. President, first becuase there is such a large number of Negroes and others both in and out of the army of the United States who feel as I do. Secondly, since you are the Commander-in-Chief of the United States army and co-author of the Atlantic Charter, which embodies the four freedoms, you might want to do something about this situation before it is too late.

533 East Market Street
Xenia, Ohio.

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