Discrimination

Comptroller General Lindsay Warren, of North Carolina, plunged the Administration deep into hot water last week. Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. in Kansas City, Mo. refused to accept a Federal contract if the regular clause forbidding racial or religious discrimination remained. In Comptroller General Warren's ruling he wrote that Franklin Roosevelt's order against such discrimination was not an order, that all Government contracting agencies can do is get the consent of contractors to abide by it. This ruling made the simmering fair-employment problem boil over and caused widespread speculation as to whether Franklin' Roosevelt's order prohibiting racial discrimination had now been...

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