The Dallas Journal, Volume 51, 2006 Page: 40
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A Glimpse Into Dallas County Elections - 1922
from the activities of the Ku Klux Klan. Indeed
it is possible that in combating that menace they
may intensify the personal and factional
enmities that the klan has brought into Dallas.
Yet that consequence, if need be, must be
accepted as the price of safeguarding our
political institutions against the subversion they
have been threatened with by the operations of
the Ku Klux Klan. There can, of course, be no
doubt as to the outcome if those who assemble
tonight are forced to engage in such a contest.
The members of the Ku Klux Klan are a pitiful
minority in Dallas. Politically they are
impotent, if unitedly resisted by those who are
opposed to them. The only power they possess
is the power to destroy the feeling of fellowship
which all of us have been proud to call the
That power can not be taken away from them.
The danger it exposes Dallas to can not be
removed by those who are to meet tonight, and
hence it perhaps has no proper place in an
address made to citizens of Dallas "who are not
klansmen." If Dallas is to escape that danger it
is the Klansmen who must remove it; the
klansmen and their sympathizers outside the
order. If the "Dallas spirit," to which the city
owes so nearly all its marvelous growth, is not
to become a thing that was; if many of those
who have heretofore worked together are
henceforth to work in opposition to one another,
those citizens of Dallas who are klansmen must
cease to be a masked group apart and re-enter
into fellowship and faith with those who are not.
It is not those who meet tonight, but those
whose conduct has occasioned their meeting,
who must give the answer to that important
The News gets hope that they will answer it as
the welfare of Dallas requires that it be
answered from the belief that many men have
become klansmen without reflecting what must
be the consequences of bringing into the
community a masked "klannishness" that must
prosper somewhat in the degree that it excites
racial and religious prejudices. If the meeting to
be held tonight shall have the effect of opening
their eyes to those consequences, the
"emergency" which occasions it will disappear,
and almost instantly.
5 April 1922
Resolutions Adopted at Mass Meeting
The following resolutions were adopted
Tuesday night at the City Hall mass meeting:
"A lamentable moment in the life of our free
and democratic Government has come, when
the wisdom of its conception is questioned and
the value of its mission and method,
guaranteeing security of life and property and
the pursuit of happiness, is doubted. That
conception was and is, simply, that the people
are capable of governing themselves, without
the mastery or interposition of kings or
emperors. That conception, and those methods,
are made manifest in constitutions and laws, and
machinery for their enforcement by servants
elected by the people.
"For thousands of years men have died that
other men might attain the happiness of self-
government and be free. Our Government
stands forth today as the great goal they
struggled for and died for. As such, it has been
the refuge of the oppressed of every spot on the
face of the earth. In it men may worship God as
they desire. According to its methods, written in
constitutions and statutes, proclaimed on
rostrums and in pulpits, published in books and
papers, no man can be deprived of his property
or his life or his liberty without that due process
of law which provides for a court and a jury of
his peers to consider his cause, the confrontation
of witnesses against him and process for
witnesses for him.
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