Letter to Chicky from Daddy
Letter to Vivian Leburg Rothstein (called "Chicky") from her father in which he describes his feelings toward, and fears about, her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.
As far as I can remember, I never could have tried to tell you that what you are doing is wrong. This would by no means be in line with my social conscience or ethical philosophy.
All what I tried to convey to you and as a matter of fact also to the parent committee was, that within my knowledge of so very many revolutionary movements in Europe and elsewhere I never came across a single fact where young girls have been sent into the front and fireline, except maybe for the so called “children’s crusade” during the middle ages, which ended in a catastrophe.
However, whatever the opinions are for ways and means to achieve results, risks have to match possibilities of results and you should not construct your parents’ concern about your safety as a disapproval of your present activities.
Chicky, do not take unnecessary risks and that is all we ask for, that is all we can ask for and if you even are able to do that we do not know and doubt it, but we hope so with all our heart. Keep well, Chicky, and good luck to you.
All my love, Daddy
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Letter to Chicky from Daddy." (Viewed on September 17, 2014) <http://jwa.org/node/11361/lightbox2>.