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Portland Observer
Thursday. November 6. 1975
Police brutality
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and called her names and would not let
her get her medication although she told
them she had asthma and had just
recovered from pneumonia
The next day. according to Dwane. he
was at home with Belinda and some
cousins when the police came for him
When they banjp-d on the door Belinda
asked if they had a search warrant. An
officer said no hut he would kirk down the
door if they did not let him in Dwane
then went out and waa taken to the police
station After asking him where he goes
to school and other question*, and calling
him names, they told him his right*. He
was taken to Donald E. laing Home and
was released to his grandmother
Mrs. Allen and Tony were released
late Monday They were charged with
first and second degree assault and
resisting arrest
Allen says harassment has
continued since she returned home A
man called on her telephone
which is
unlisted and not in her name and asked
“is Kick iv Johnson there " Johnson was a
high school student shot by the police
earlier this year She also state* that a
police car drives by and shines a spotlight
in the window at night
The Observer was unable to reach
Bruce I ’antly and Paul it Eink for their
comments on the incident, and Mrs Allen
has not filed charges with Internal
Affairs as no investigation is being
Best for university
State discriminates
Dee A ndros has re sig n e d fro m his p o s itio n as head
fo o tb a ll coach a t O reg on State U nive rsity. A lth o u g h
our p o sitio n m ig h t not be p o p u la r, w e a re not sorry to
see Dee A ndros go a nd w e th in k his d e p a rtu re w ill
p ro ve best fo r the U niversity.
W e are not as intereste d in Dee A n dro s' w in a nd
loss record as w e are in his tre a tm e n t o f the yo un g
Black m en w h o sought positions on his team o ver the
For m a n y years Dee A ndros d id not w a n t Black
p la yers on his te am , a nd this w as accepted
because O reg on State was a b u llw a rk o f racism The
alu m s a n d the p e o p le o f O reg on ra llie d a ro u n d Dee
A ndros w h e n O reg on State U n ive rsity's Black
students «hose to le a ve the U nive rsity ra th e r than be
the o b je c t o f racism and d is c rim in a tio n .
Things h ave chan ge d a t O reg on State. A new
p re sid e n t has a tte m p te d to ch an ge th e im a g e Black
students a nd instructors have been sought. O regon
State U n ive rsity's a ffirm a tiv e a ction p la n is the first in
the N o rth w e st to be accepted by HEW Even the city
o f C o rva llis has g a in e d som e in sig h t into the
a dva nta g es o f in te r-c u ltu ra l a n d in te r ra c ia l liv in g
In rece nt years, in the fa ce o f increa sing defeats,
even Dee A ndros has sought Black athletics.
a d m itte d th a t he scheduled the g am e w ith
G ra m b lin g to e n tice Black p la yers o n to his team But
it w cs too late.
The re s ig n a tio n o f Dee A ndros ends an era at
O regon State U n ive rsity, an e ra th a t b e lo n g s to the
past W e b e lie v e the re sig n a tio n o f Dee A ndros w ill
w ip e ’ ho slate tle a n a nd a llo w p ro spe ctive Black
students to seriously consider O reg on State U n iv e r­
sity as an o p tio n .
O reg on State U nive rsity s till
leaves m uch to be desired, but w e b e lie v e President
Mac Vickers is m a k in g a sincere e ffo rt to p ro v id e
e d u ca tio n a l o p p o rtu n itie s to a ll O reg on youngsters.
A v a lid c la im of- d is c rim in a tio n c o u ld be m ade
a g a in s t the State Board o f C osm etology, since the
b oa rd m akes no p ro visio n fo r the tra in in g o f Black
b e a u tic ia n s
Black students lea rn to care fo r C aucasion h a ir but
not fo r N e g ro id h a ir Those students w h o w ish to be
a b le to care fo r Black h air have to fin d th e ir o w n
tra in in g .
M ost w h ite students w ill w o rk in shops th a t cater to
w h ite tra d e a nd w h e n they c o m p le te school a nd pass
the state boards they w ill have re c e iv e d the tra in in g
necessary fo r th e ir trade.
M ost Black students, e ith e r th ro u g h ch oice or
necessity, w ill w o rk in shops th a t cater to Black trade.
A lth o u g h they h ave p a id the sam e fees a n d passed
the sam e e x a m in a tio n s , they have not re c e iv e d the
tra in in g essential fo r th e ir trad e They m ust spend
a d d itio n a l tim e a n d m o n e y to lea rn the basics they
should have le a rn e d in b ea u ty school.
Black w o m e n a re also d e p riv e d the rig h t to be
a b le to g o to a shop a n y w h e re in the state a nd h ave
th e ir h a ir d on e, as w h ite w o m e n a re a b le to do.
A lth o u g h state la w p ro h ib its d is c rim in a tio n in
services, its c o s m e to lo g y b o a rd 's p o lic y has th e sam e
e ffe c t by not re q u irin g a ll students to lea rn to care fo r
a ll types o f hair.
This is c e rta in ly an act o f d is c rim in a tio n
p e rp e tu a te d by a state board. This p ro b le m has been
discussed fo r years, so let's g et on w ith the s o lu tio n .
We need Black police
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■ S S
Remember 1969?
Black s tu d f^ ls leave O SU
tu proteat racism in athletic
departm ent.
Race is World's Major Problem
bv Vernon Jordan
The P ortland Police Bureau is se eking a p p lic a n ts
a nd w ill g iv e the e x a m in a tio n e a rly in N o ve m b e r.
The Bureau has fe w Black a nd o the r m in o rity o ffic e rs
a n d in th e past has not been successful in m in o rity
re c ru itin g fo r m an y reasons. N ow the Bureau says it
is since re in its e ffo rt to h ire m in o ritie s .
W e u rg e those yo u n g m en a nd w o m e n w h o m ig h t
be in te re ste d in a la w e n fo rc e m e n t ca re er to a p p ly .
The pay a n d the b e n e fits are good.
O f m o re im p o rta n c e is the necessity to h u m a n iz e
the Bureau a nd b rin g if closer to the p e o p le W e s till
re c e iv e reports o f harassm ent a nd in tim id a tio n o f
Black p e o p le , in c lu d in g w o m e n a n d c h ild re n , by
p o lic e o ffice rs. The best w a y to ch an ge this is to
b eco m e a p a rt o f it a nd change it fro m w ith in .
The c o m m u n ity needs m ore Black p o lic e o ffic e rs
Seventy five years ago, as the world
entered the modern age of the Twentieth
Century, the great itlark thinker W E B.
DuBois warned prophetically:
"The problem of the Twentieth Cell
turv is the problem of the color line, the
question as to how far differences of
race are going to to- made, hereafter,
the basis of denying to ov>c half the
w <>rld£h e right of sharing to their utmost
ability the opportunities and privileges of
mixlern civilization."
The truth of Dultois' statement has
been prov ed many times ¿n the course of
this tortured Century
As he spoke. European ,Hiwers were
engaged in a frantic scramble to carve up
Africa's riches among themselves, a
scramble that was a trnsic reason for the
First World War Nazi Germany's racism
sparked the Second World W ar
racism of colonists resulted in the
upheavals and rAolutiAns in Asia and
Africa in the post War period
And here at home, the Twentieth
Century became the battleground for the
dismantling of the aparatus of American
racism, a struggle far from completed
It is clear that not only was Dultois
right in 1900, but his prophecy is still
valid today The dominant issue for the
remainder of this Century, however
cloaked it may be by other aspects such
as economics, is racial
These thoughts were spurred by a
number of recent incidents that demon
strate tho world wide nature of racial
One was the convening of the United
Nations to discuss a fairer distribution of
the world's wealth The opposite sides of
the debate are usually seen as the
developed and the underdeveloped
.Sometimes, it's discussed in
geographical terms
the North and the
But these are often obscured bv an
even more valid description; the indus
trial, developed. northern nations are
almost all predominantly white, while tho
underdevelot>ed southern nations are
almost all populated bv people of color
Black, brown and yellow
Underscoring the racial aspects of the
debate over the world's resources is the
continued domination in some countries
of Black majorities by white minorities
South Africa, with its insane apartheid
policy is the prime example, but Rhodesia
is an even greater thorn in the world's
Ils outlaw government recently
broke off attempted negotiations with
representatives of its Black majority,
negotiations that, it was hoped, would
begin to result in democratic government
in that country
A final example of the truth of Dultois'
statement was the British government's
action proposing, in effect, civil rights
laws barring discrimination in Britain
Immigration Io England from the West
Indies anil Asia has been going on for
some time now. and soon a majority of
non whites in the British Isles will be
nalive born Englishmen entitled to the
same rights and privileges as white
But thev iace virulent discrimination in
employment, house, schools and clubs
The government plans legislation barring
such discrimination and providing for
recourse to the courts to stop it
In effect. England is about where the
United Slates was two decades ago.
facing social and economic problems
directly caused by racial discrimination
and a white supremacy mindset
What was once seen as an "American
dilemma" or even as a problem of the
American South is now a major interna
tional issue, a d isea se afflicting nearly all
predominantly w hite societies that refuse
to come to terms with their darker
brothers and sisters
Other examples ran be multiplied the
discrimination faced by African workers
in Erance, by African students in Moscow
and other Soviety bloc countries anil
elsewhere in the world
As the world shrinks, ns people* of
diverse cultures are thrown together in
increasing numbers, racial attitudes loom
ever larger as dangerous stumbling
blocks to world peace and understanding
The rest of the world ought to take a
long, hard look at America's experiences
in order Io avoid the mistakes and
capitalize on the gains
.(Continued from p I col. 61
talk to Mrs Bayless so I don't know
whether the statement was made a*
printed, or what her intent was, but my
first reaction when I read the article was
one of shock." Sister Volk said
She said that she totally rejects the
idea of one person speaking for a group
that has not been consulted "This I* a
principle that is very important to me,"
She explained that if Mrs Bayless did
s,H-ak for the Commission and staff,
assuring they would agree with her. she
. would be appalled "No one can speak for
me," she said
Keith (iowing, of the Chamber of
Commerce, said he was not asked about
resigning anil knows of no one else who
had been asked to resign “It was a
surprise to me", he said "I can't see that
it would I m - a wise strategy to offer to
resign now and I really do not think any
individual member has enough clout to be
a hinderance to the program There
hasn't really been dissention on the board
and I think some difference of opinion I*
I think if there were an
mdivelual who was causing problems for
the Comnuasion, Ihefe should be some
conversation with that individual 16 try
to correct the situation ” Gowing said he
has no intention of resigning
Mrs Bayless said her statement was
part of her report to the Commission on
the presentation they should make to the
council She said she believes the M IIK C
to be of vital importance to the city and
that it should be continued.
recommended that the presentation show
the benefits, the past accomplishments
and emphasize retention of the Commix
"Even though there is no racial
strife at this time, it still is an essential
function," she said
It is her belief that any members of the
Commission should be willing to step
aside if their presence in the Commission
endangers its future
"1 think the
Commission is too im|>ortant to lose to
protect someone's ego If I am standing in
the way I would be glad to resign, and I
believe the other Commissioners would
agree with the recommendation " Mrs
Bayless said her recommendation was
adopted by the Commission with her
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