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Vol. 92, No. 13
Wednesday, October 2, 1968
arch to city hall
to dramitize needs
by John Dvorak
Senior Staff Writer
White students, striving to do
something about "hidden
discrimination" in Lincoln, will
march on City Hall Thursday
The march will originate at Hyde
Park, 3:30 Thursday, according to
Dan Looker, chairman of the ASUN
Human Rights Committee.
Purpose of the march is to
"dramatize the need for justice,"
according to Looker.
LOOKER, speaking at a special,
informal student senate meeting
late Tuesday afternoon, urged that
senate pass a resolution at
Wednesday's regular meeting in
support of the march. He also urg
ed that senate support city efforts to
approve passage of a city open
housing ordinance in the future.
A federal open housing law has
been passed, he remarked, but it
doesn't mean a thing. Machinery
just is not set up to facilitate action
against those who discriminate.
Looker explained why the march
to a Lincoln landlord's house,
planned at Saturday's student
power seminar of the Midwest
Conference on Movement Politics,
was cancelled.
Adolph Hock, the landlord ac
cused of discrimination policies,
has been under tremendous
pressure from the city and is not
in good health, Looker said.
Therefore, at the urging of Gary
Hill, head of the Lincoln Human
Special Edition causes clash
In response to criticism voiced by the Inter
Dormitory Association (IDA), Tom Morgan,
Builders' president made a public statement con
cerning the dormitory coverage in the Builders
Special Edition.
The following are two letters which explain
the position of IDA and the response by the
Tom Morgan
Builders President
Dear Sir:
Your group has just this week sent copies of
the August Special Edition to our dormitories for
the freshman residents. As dormitory leaders we
can express only unqualified discontent with your
WHILE WE realize that more . dormitory
residents could be involved in the Builders program,
this does not preclude the necessity of fair and
adequate coverage.
The distortion of articles about dormitory en
vironment is as unfortunate as the rush-book format
which you present.
We are happy, however, to learn that you are
considering a change in format and to this end
we offer these proposals:
1. That articles implying value judgements
about either living system be explicitly labeled
as opinion:
2. That you interview a dormitory and a Greek
leader giving both a chance to expound on the
values of their own environment;
3. That you solicit new articles to shed the
hackneyed aura of an obsolete edition;
Bruce Bailey
IDA president
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Rights Commission, the march was
switched to City Hall.
Hill, also speaking at Tuesday's
Senate gathering, briefly explained
Lincoln's racial situation.
"Lincoln is a sneaky type of ci
ty," he stated. Lincoln residents
insist there are no discrimination
problems, he said.
BUT THERE are hotels, cafes,
barber shops and apartment houses
which discriminate.
In a town like Flint, Michigan,
for example, blacks know where
they can and cannot go. But in
Lincoln, people think that minority
races are welcome anywhere. But
this is not true, he declared.
Landlords will agree to rent a
unit over the telephone, but upon
discovering that the prospective
tenant is black, they will say, "Gee,
I didn't know you were married,"
or "Gee, I didn't know you were
Hock is the first landlord to come
right out and sav, "I don't like
black people," Hill said.
While Hock cannot be prosecuted
in court, he and other apartment
owners are scared, Hill said. Much
has been accomplished because of
this incident.
Hill pointed out the advantages
of a march downtown. Because
distance to be covered would be
small, more people would come and
fewer would quit before reaching
the. destination.
THERE IS strength in numbers.
Hill said. We would like to see
a demonstration of 1,000 kids. The
Mr. Bruce Bailey
IDA President
Dear Sir:
The University of Nebraska Builders regrets
that the living unit section of our recent "Special
Edition" has brought about discontent among
dormitory leaders.
We realize that several articles dealing with
campus housing contain information which many
students might term misleading.
WE CAN assure you that in all future publica
tions our organization will make an increased effort
to edit articles in such a manner that they present
a fair representation of all facets of the University
We do feel that it is important to point out,
however, that the assistant editor and several
members of the "Special Edition" staff were
dormitory residents and that all articles on
dormitory life were edited by dormitory students.
Your proposals for future publications are ap
preciated and are being considered. Since early
last spring we have been planning for a magazine
to be printed next summer which will replace both
our "Special Edition" newspaper and "First
Glance" booklet.
We would hope that dormitory residents would
continue to express their interest and concern by
increased participation in all Builders projects. As
always, Builders' primary concern is the promotion
and betterment of the University of Nebraska
... a job which requires the efforts of all students.
Thomas G. Morgan
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more people the better. He em
phasized that a small group of 20
to 30 would only be branded "rab
ble rousers" and would have no
After reaching City Hall,
marchers, with the aid o f
loudspeakers, will give the basis
for their plan of attack on discrimi
nation. Marchers will say that they don t
like prejudice in Lincoln. They will
then distribute petitions urging
students not to live in housing
where blacks are not allowed. This
plan of attack will give a definite
direction to the demonstration.
'Hill also emphasized that an
orderly procession was of the ut
most necessity. "Any lawlessness
would kill us," he said. "An un
orderly gathering would only make
Lincolnitcs angry."
No parade permit will be needed
Thursday if marchers remain on
the sidewalks, he said. Policemen
will always be near the march on
an informal basis to control traffic.
People lack concern about Lin
coln's racial situation because of
the small number of Negroes, 1800,
in the city, Hill concluded.
Unemployment among Lincoln's mi
nority races is the lowest of any city
in the country, but the jobs held by
these people are of the lowest
possible status.
Looker remarked that word ot
the march is spreading rapidly
throughout the campus. He hoped
that students from every facet of
the University would participate.
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Housing office lists
The University Housing Office
has released the names of landlords
who have not responded to the anti
discrimination agreement.
The list was current as of Friday,
September 27, according to a
Housing Office representative. The
addresses given to the Daily
Nebraskan by the Housing Office
are either the address of the facili
ty for rent or the home address
of the landlord.
OF ABOUT 780 such agreements
sent to landlords who rent off
campus housing to students, about
300 have not indicated the owner's
acceptance or rejection of the
The list will be used in conjunc
tion with petitions to be circulated
this week by the ASUN Human
Rights Committee. The petitions
state that the signatories will not
rent off-campus housing from any
landlord who has not signed the
Housing Office agreement and will
'creative disruption'
by Larry Eckholt
Senior Staff Writer
A white man once approached
Hay ward Henry a black militant
and asked him to change the
phraseology of his movement to
"colored strength" so that it might
be easier for whites to accept.
"Colored Strength? Blacks in the
ghetto are screaming for justice
and whitetown is worried about
That is the message which Henry
brought to Lincoln Monday, a
message which was delivered in
the context of defining terms.
HENRY IS a 26-year-old doc
torate candidate in biochemistry at
Boston University. He is national
chairman of the Black Affairs
Council of the Unitarian
Universalist Association which was
organized in the spring to deal with
problems in the ghetto.
He said that he came to Lincoln
to make Black Power relevant to
the needs of the white community
in its effort to end white racism.
"I define power as the rewarding
of my friends and the punishing
of my enemies," he explained. "We
must get out of the illusion that
one can deal with man's conscience
in matters like racism. We also
have to deal with things like man's
pride and his need for profit."
And when power is defined that
way, Henry feels, it can break
down racism.
"Power does not relinquish with
ease," he said, referring to the
economic hold that the white man
has had on the black man since
slavery. "But one must demand
not rent from any landlord who
is not on the University approved
housing list.
The first clause of the agreement
requires the landlords to "stand
ready to rent to all students and
members of the University of
Nebraska community regardless of
race, religion, or national origin."
"I would like to emphasize that
we are not accusing any of these
landlords of discrimination," said
Dan Looker, Human Rights Com
mittee chairman, "but we realize
that by their not returning or not
signing the agreement, these
landlords are retaining the op
portunity to discriminate."
Looker said the petitions will be
sent to the list of landlords who
have not responded to the agree
ment, urging them to reply and
urging them to sign the policy
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what is due him.
Black militants are demanding
capital assistance in the ghetto on
their own terms as reparation
resulting from the centuries-old
war against slavery, he continued.
"We are not looking for handouts.
The money we need is in the spirit
of 'accounts payable' like
reparation after World War II."
HE POINTED to the rebuilding
of the Japanese and European
economies after the war as historic
prescedence to the demands of the
blacks now.
"What we want is money to
rebuild our economy, in lieu of the
slave labor of my black brothers,
that's all."
Henry said he would have been
"perfectly satisfied" to continue in
a more moderate approach to
solving racial problems, but he
gave one reason why he was forced
into militant action.
. "White America made me a
'professional nigger. I have to be
black 24 hours a day and nothing
else. A white man can be com
mitted to a cause for a couple of
hours and then run home. I have
to be totally committed or I lose
He challenged white Americans
to take the fight against racism
into the white community itself. He
outlined a four-point program:
practice non-intervention i n
black affairs unless specifically
asked to do so.
provide technical expertise in
the underdeveloped black ghetto.
provide new means of capital
assistance in the ghetto.
The Roman
falls again
Grab your togas boys and rev
up the old chariot funny things
are happening down on the Appian
Way, on the way to the forum.
Residents from all dorms will be
eligible to participate in this year's
Abel-Sandcz-I.D.A. Fall Musical,
"A Funny Thing Happened On the
Way to the Forum," to be
presented November 21, 22, and 23
in the Union Ballroom.
TRY OUTS FOR actors,
courtesans, dancers, eunuchs,
singers, panderers, and comedians
will be held October 4-6. Auditions
to be held on Friday, October
4, will be 3-5 and 7-9 p.m., and
on Saturday and Sunday, October
5 and 6, from 1-6 and 7-9 p.m.
Interested students should allow
for rehearsals planned for Sunday
or Monday through Thursday
nights in the Sandoz basement.
The musical's Board of Directors,
a group of interested students from
the residence halls, have
tentatively hired four persons to
produce and direct the production.
Dean Tschetter, will be the
director and set designer. He has
worked five years in University
Theatre and has helped construct
sets in New Hampshire for the
professional touring company pro
duction of "A Funny Thing Hap
pened on the Way to the Forum."
Dianne George, a senior in music,
will be the music director. Terry
McClellan will serve as the
technical director and stage
manager. Nancy Burling will be
the choreographer. Gary Grahn
quist will serve without pay as the
THE MUSICAL comedy is set in
pagan Rome and is lewdly adapted
from the plays of Plautus. He was
a genius at inventing endless
slapstick plot complications.
The story is that Pseudolus, a
slave, will be granted his freedom
if he can secure as his master's
bride a dumb blond virgin who has
completed her basic training as a
Pseudolus must foil all the males
who desire dumb blond virgins, and
almost succeeds. Sharing the fran
tic antics are eunuchs, panderers,
aging lechers, vainglorious
soldiers, and defrauched vestals.
do not shrink from
when confronted with it.
IF THIS FAILS, he said, blacks
will have to resort to "creative
disruption," examples of which in
clude boycotts of General Motors'
products and of the Chase Manhat
ten Bank because of "their in
vestments in South Africa."
He said that the so-called
"withdrawal" of the black man into
his own society was "inevitable."'
"It became obvious that the
white man qualified integration by
forcing the black man to assimilate
white culture.
"But we do not want to absorb
his whiteness. Instead we have
repudiated his demands o f
whitewash and reaffirmed our
blackness," Henry explained.
He said that the current racial
friction exists because blacks want
absolute power in the "arenas of
their existence" and that the white
man doesn't want to give it to him.
Henry concluded with a plea for
gaining rapport with the white
"I am constructively trying to
make America a better society for
all groups of people. And I am
trying to keep black men from
hating white men.
"IN SHORT, I am telling you
that we should make a pact of
peaceful co-existence, to make a
profession of destroying white
"If we don't we might wake up
someday singing 'We Should Have
Overcome.' "
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