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The Japanese colony and the Negro colony in San Francisco are close enough neighbors to provide many contacts. They share some things in common. The color-line is not so noticeable as it is elsewhere. This had made it possible, my agents learn from loyal Negro sources, for Japanese to spread racial propaganda.
It isnt propaganda of the ridiculous Nazi kind, either. It doesnt tell the Negro people that theyre really black Aryans. It points out subtly that their own experience should teach the Negroes that theres less difference between brown and black than between black and white.
It takes advantage of all the real discrimination that has gone on, as well as the propaganda the Communists have used in past years in their effort to grab off the Negro vote. It attempts to sell the Negro on the idea that, although pacific by nature, he has often been forced into American military enterprisesand paid off in dirt.
Its not nice to think that Japanese agents should be trying to stir up strife right in our own townand at a time when the Japanese problem may mean such tragedy for loyal Japanese-Americans. But if you dont think such things can go on, who do you suppose is tearing down air-raid shelter signs and defacing other notices designed to prevent confusion and save lives? Now is the time for Jap spies to do their stuff.
The San Francisco News
March 2, 1942
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