letter writer from New York wonders why Southern members of
Congress were so opposed to the Fair Employment Practices
Commission, charged with responsibility for providing equal
employment opportunity and wages between the races, in companies of
50 or more employees. Many of these businesses were owned by
Northern manufacturers seeking cheap Southern labor and if forced to
pay equal wages to blacks, the difference would come out of Northern
pockets, not Southern. The increased wages, however, would be spent
in the South by the employees. And, he asserts, the FEPC would have
no effect on racial segregation in the South.
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