Letter from Charlotte Fox in Brooklyn, New York, to Your Excellency.

Title

Letter from Charlotte Fox in Brooklyn, New York, to Your Excellency.

Subject

Scottsboro Trial, Scottsboro, Ala., 1931; African Americans--Civil rights--Alabama; African Americans--Imprisonment--Alabama; Miller, Benjamin Meek, 1864-1944

Description

Charlotte Fox asks Governor Miller to let the law run its course. She writes that women are no match for men in a physical altercation and they they need the law to defend them. She wants the Scottsboro Boys to pay the penalty, and insists that her other Northern friends agree.

Creator

Fox, Charlotte

Source

Alabama Governor, Scottsboro Case appeals to the Governor, SG004238, Folder 13, Alabama Dept. of Archives and History

Date

1933-04-11

Format

Letter

Language

English

Coverage

United States--New York--Brooklyn

Transcription

250 Steuben St.
Brooklyn
N.Y.

Your Excellency :
As a law abiding
citizen, I am appealing to you to
let the law take its' course in
the case of the Scottsboro negros.
The average woman is no
match for a male bent on attack,
and if she cannot depend on the
law for justice, then what is
to become of her?
On every side we hear much
talk about stamping out crime;


but crime never will be stamped
out until criminals are made to
pay the penalty for crime.
Just one year ago, the blood
of every white person worthy of
the name, was at boiling point,
because a white woman in
Hawaii could not get justice
for an attack made on her by
five half-cast Asiatics; therefore,
in my humble opinion, it is
inconsistent, to say the least, to
tolerate a similar offense from
negros.
The writer of this letter is a
New-York-born white woman


without claim to Southern blood,
and who has never been fortunate
enough to have visited the
South.
So it stands to reason that
most of my friends and acquaint-
ances are New Yorkers. And I
have not heard one person
speak a word that clashes
with my opinion on this matter.
Thanking you for your kind
attention, I beg to remain

Yours Very Sincerely
Charlotte Fox.

April 11, 1933.