Letter from Justine Wise Polier to Mrs. LOK
May 11, 1959
[name and address redacted]
Dear Mrs. K:
I received your letter concerning the report on a decision that I rendered.
My experience throughout over 23 years on the Bench has convinced me that as one comes to know people one cannot put any group in a separate category; that every religious, racial and national group has human beings of every variety among it. The task of America, which is a difficult one, is to evoke the best in each individual so that he or she can become educated in accordance with his ability and make the fullest use of his or her potential.
Certainly the American and religious tradition that all human beings are the children of God and brothers places a heavy obligation on those of us who believe in that ideal to work towards the abolition of the discrimination in our actions and the prejudice in our hearts which is so destructive to not only those who are subjected to it but to those who practice it.
With every good wish,
Justine Wise Polier
Letter in response to Mrs. LOK's correspondence on the Skipwith ruling. Justice Polier describes the ideal America she is striving for and the duty she feels toward ending discrimination.
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