CLIMATE OF FEAR?
To the Editors of the CRIMSON:
This afternoon my roommate and I were asked to sign a petition advocating the censure of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy. We both refused. And yet, we both hope that the censure motion is adopted.
Discussing our actions, we came to the conclusion that we did not sign because we were afraid that some time in the future McCarthy will point to us as having signed the petition, and, as he has done to others, question our loyalty.
We are afraid that of the thousands of petition signers, one will be proved a Communist, and as a result, McCarthy, or someone like him, will say, because we were both co-signers and classmates of the Communist, that we, too, are Reds.
The fact that two college students and others like us will not sign a petition for fear of reprisal indicates only too clearly that our democracy is in danger. It is clear that McCarthy is suppressing free speech and free actions by thrusting fear into the hearts of innocent citizens.
Let us hope that the Senators of the United States are not victims of the same fear that has infected us. K. W. L. '58 M. F. G. '58