[Dear Ambassador Plimpton: I read with great interest your recent speech]
by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
October 25, 1962 or a day or so later
American Committee on Africa
Copy of a letter to H.E. Mr. Francis T.P. Plimpton, Permanent Mission of the United States to the United Nations. The letter observers that Plimpton’s recent speech before the Special Political Committee was the strongest statement made by a US representative at the United Nations about apartheid, specifically condemning that police. The letter says the United States is second only to the United Kingdom in volume of trade with South Africa; in 1960, approximately 20% of South Africa's imports and 10% of her exports were from the United States. The letter asks whether the Department of Commerce gives information to US firms about investment possibilities in South Africa and whether the government grants export risk insurance for companies trading with South Africa or grants investment guarantees for investors in South Africa. The letter says both white and non-white South African opponents of apartheid have appealed to the rest of the world to impose economic sanctions; they do this knowing that their own suffering will be great. The letter discusses the Security Council, the policy of forbidding the sale or arms to the South African government, South West Africa, the Sharpeville massacre, public funds, South Africa’s racial policies, Assistant Secretary of State for Africa G. Mennen Williams, and Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Adlai E. Stevenson.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections