SPARGO WOULD LET FORD GO ON TALKING
Invite Him Here to Tell Why He Opposes the jews, Lecturer Tells Audience.
SEES ORGANIZED CAMPAIGN
Socialist Author Says It Is Part of International System With Headquarters in Berlin.
Speaking on "The Anti-Semitic Spirit on America," at a meeting of the
League for Political Education in the Town Hall yesterday morning,
John Spargo, Socialist author and lecturer, said there was a campaign
of organized anti-Semitism in this country which was part of an
international system, with headquarters in Berlin, in so far as he
was able to learn. It was not the business of the Jew as such but
the duty of Jew and Gentile to combat this prejudice, he said. The
situation called for diligence by the Christian in exposing the
fallacies of the propaganda because he owed to the Jew precisely that
measure of justice he would want to be shown to others who come to
America to make their homes, Mr. Spargo argued.
Mr. Spargo reviewed the race prejudices which had existed in America
in other years, and in his analysis of them said: "It is always difficult
to avoid suspicion of the different groups we have drawn from other
countries where there has been a barrier of language, creed or
At the close of his address Mr. Spargo answered questions from the
audience. One person asked what should be done with Henry Ford.
"Leave him alone," replied Mr. Spargo, "let him talk. Invite him to
the Town Hall and let him tell you why he is opposed to the Jews, if
On the main topic of his lecture, Mr. Spargo said:
The Jews and Columbus.
"We have always had the Jew with us, because essentially he is a
wanderer. In years gone by we had the Jew only in numbers capable of
assimilation. There were Jews interested in the voyage of Columbus,
if we are to believe history. Certain there were Jews interested in
the American Revolution. Washington knew several on whom he could
depend and whose fortunes were at his disposal.
"It is a good thing to remember that there never was any time in the
history of the country when it was possible to distinguish a citizen
of Jewish birth from a citizen of non-Jewish birth. I say that,
bearing especially in mind the accusation made against the attitude
of the Jew in the great World War. I went with Premier Clemenceau to
visit the wounded of our men and one could distinguish no distinction
of service to our country among them.
"We forget that the Jew comes to us virtually helpless. He doesn't
speak our language; he doesn't understand our laws and customs. How
is he going to know? He takes up his home among his own people who
have preceded him. If he becomes successful and learns the ways of
America he is likely to move elsewhere. Your task and mine is to see
that in the administration of cities we do not permit our politicians
to take advantage of the temporary condition of the peoples evolving
into American citizens."
Mr. Spargo dwelt on some of the hopeful signs of amicable relations
among the people of America, in telling of Thanksgiving service in
which Jews and Christians took part.
Taking up the existence of anti-Semitism in America, as already told,
Mr. Spargo also said:
"I dislike to hear of Jewish organizations going to court for
injunctions against Henry Ford and his Dearborn Independent. We
cannot save ourselves from anti-Semitism by suppressing free speech.
The only safe thing for Jew and Gentile alike to do is to let them
come out in the open and not compel them to operate in subterranean
Pamphlets from Germany.
"A few days ago a man came to New York from Yokohoma by way of San
Francisco. He was introduced to a friend of mine to whom he
said, 'See what I have come to do.' He exhibited pamphlets printed in
most of the modern languages accusing the Jews of most every untoward
event that has ever happened. He admitted that he had brought the
pamphlets here for distribution. The pamphlets were printed in
Yokohoma through funds provided by monarchist groups in Germany.
"This group desires the restoration of the old regime in Germany and
Russia. If they are to succeed in Russia by a coup d'etat they must
turn the peasant Russian men and women against those in authority.
Nobody has suffered under Bolshevist rule quite as hard as the Jews,
for they belonged to the small trading class which those now in
authority set out to destroy. It is a libel against the Jews and a
treason against America when people try to foster hatred because of
what the Bolshevists did in Russia."
"You and I as Americans worthy of Washington, Lincoln and Roosevelt
must set ourselves against this attempt to divide our citizenry along
the lines of religious and racial hatred. Let it go out to the world
that every manifestation of this evil spirit will be deemed treason."