TOPEKA, Kans. (Oct. 1)
Repudiating the support of “elements who are endeavoring to bring racial prejudices and religious bigotries into American life, ” Governor Landon declared in a statement today that if any group were persecuted for race or religion, “I would stand among their defenders.”
His formal statement, given out at a press conference, follows:
“My attention has recently been directed to the activities of a number of agencies which, for selfish purposes or political reasons, are endeavoring to exploit prejudice between groups of American citizens.
“I have no use for any elements who are endeavoring to bring racial prejudices and religious bigotries into American life and state frankly that I disclaim the support of any such organizations or groups.
“If ever the day should come in this country that would see persecutions of any racial group or sect because of race or religion, contrary to the bill of rights, I would stand among their defenders.”