My dear Mr. President:
In reply to your letter of September 24, I beg to state first that I do not feel competent to advise you on economic problems. Nevertheless I realize your desire to have the opinions of those close to local situations.
I am much in favor of the Social Security legislation. As far as the Works Program and its administration among the people of Harlem, I am constrained to say that discrimination and inequality exist. The Negro is not receiving the fair amount of jobs in the several projects that have been set up; in fact, I feel that the whole works program is so full of problems and difficulties that I seriously question the practical nature of it. Its intention, of course, is excellent; its difficulties are almost insurmountable.
John H. Johnson, Vicar