The Dallas Journal, Volume 51, 2006 Page: 47
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A Glimpse into Dallas County Election - 1922
But these are lawful sins. Members of the klan
have a lawful right to hate Jew, Catholic and
foreign-born and to propagate that hatred, if
they are moved to do so by the comfort and
profit to be derived from the propaganda. They
are exercising their freedom, albeit a freedom
they owe no little to those whom they thus hate
and upon whom them would bring a political
and social proscription. In doing this they give
no occasion for organized opposition, save as
the proscribed classes may be impelled by a
sense of their danger and self-respect to unite in
their own defense. But in encouraging, if not
instigating, men to commit crimes; in binding
themselves together by an oath which leagues
them against the law by promising concealment
and protection, even to the extent of baffling the
inquiries of grand juries; in seducing public
officials into being recreant to their duty, and in
striving to establish in authority men who will
be obedient to the decrees of a hidden hierarchy
- in doing these things they make an attack on
our institutions which should rally to their
defense all citizens, regardless of race or creed,
who understand and cherish the principles
which vitalize them.
13 April 1922
Questionnaire on Klan is Sent Out
NINE QUESTIONS ON AFFILIATIONS AND SYMPATHY
Questionnaires as to their affiliation or
sympathy with the Ku Klux Klan or similar
organizations in Dallas County were mailed to
more than fifty office-holders and candidates for
office in Dallas County Wednesday by the
Dallas County Citizens' League.
The questionnaire comprises nine interrogations
as to the individual's affiliation with and
attitude toward such organizations. In issuing
the documents, M. M. Crane, chairman of the
league, made the following statement:
"The Dallas County Citizens' League stands for
the supremacy of the law. It declares to all men
that the people shall not tolerate mob rule.
"It has no candidates for office and will have
none, but will work to defeat every candidate
who belongs to or who sympathizes with any
secret, oath-bound political organization.
"All men and women in Dallas County who
indorse the resolutions adopted at the mass
meeting are invited to send in their names and a
remittance to J. K. Hexter, treasurer of the
Dallas County Citizens' League, 420 Linz
Text of Questionnaire.
The text of the questionnaire follows:
Dear Sir: As perhaps you know, the
undersigned have been empowered and
instructed by the mass meeting of Dallas County
citizens to make inquiries of office-holders and
candidates in this county regarding their
affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, or their
approval of, or sympathies with, the purpose
and activities of such order. We therefore,
request that you make your position with regard
to the Ku Klux Klan known to the public in such
a statement as you desire to make, but that in
any event, you advise us in order that we may
report to the Dallas County Citizens' League
your answers to the following questions:
1. Are you now a member of the organization
known as the Ku Klux Klan?
2. Is it your purpose or intention to affiliate
hereafter in any way with the Ku Klux
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