Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

Speech Criticising the Civil Rights Bill

Title

Speech Criticising the Civil Rights Bill

Description

In a draft of speech, Abbitt denounced H.R. 2516 as a “bad law” and a “so-called civil rights bill.” Calling civil rights, “a fuzzy term now used to cover any privilege demanded by loud and militant minorities,” Abbitt pointed out what he saw as Congress's undue focus on civil rights and insufficient attention to civil unrest. “It strikes me forcefully that Congress will provide such severe penalties for certain acts of opposition if the court believes them to be racially-based, but has not yet moved to provide a penalty for rioters who maim and murder while proclaiming race hatred at the top of their lungs.

Creator

Abbitt, Watkins Moorman, 1908-1998

Date

1967-08-15

Relation

Congressman Watkins Moorman Abbitt Papers

Type

Text

Files

Collection

Citation

Abbitt, Watkins Moorman, 1908-1998, “Speech Criticising the Civil Rights Bill,” Dear Congressman Abbitt, accessed November 17, 2017, http://abbitt.richmond.edu/items/show/173.

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