Intolerance and Prejudice Will Breed New World War, Secretary of War Patterson Warns

Intolerance and failure to recognize that all man are “of one blood” will promote another wave of “the brutal and degraded racism that inspired the Axis conspiracy, another World War whose outoome may well be the end of civilization,” Secretary of War Robert F. Patterson said last night, addressing a dinner in honor of Basil O’ Connor, president of the American Red Cross.

On behalf of the National Conference of Jews and Christians, under whose ausppices the dinner was held, Dr. Everett R. Clinchy and Roger W. Strauss presented Mr. O’Connor with a scroll ” in grateful recognition of a life dedicated to the welfare of his fellows.” In response, Mr. O’Connor called for leadership to effect world cocperation to aid the underfed, the underclothed and the undersheltered.

Elmo Roper, public opinion expert, told the annual meeting of the conference, which preceded the dinner, that racial prejudice appeared to be noisier, if not more wide-spread, than it was six months ago. He said that every American should assume the responsibility of combatting it in order to defend democracy.

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