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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1970
VOL. 93, No. 54
Integration hurts black unity
The national director of the Congress on Racial Equality
Thursday denounced school integration as only promising a
"perpetual minority" status for American blacks.
Roy Innis, in a speech at the Nebraska Union, said, "In
an integrated system nothing is changed except you have
dispersed the blacks so they can not organize themselves."
He went on to explain that school integration has many
drawbacks because, in conflict of interests with whites, the
blacks would always be outvoted by a white majority. Innis
said he favors blacks organizing themselves in units where
they can be a majority.
The black leader said that if integration became a fact
of life in the United States "blacks in every way of life
would be wards of the whites. That is no way to live in
Innis said he favored community control of schools as
an alternative to integration.
Innis' plan would draw school district lines around natural
residential communities. Thus both black and white communities
would have their own separate school districts. Each school
district would have its own board of education and superin
tendent. However, Innis said he favors freedom of choice for students
who want to go to a school outside their own district. Thus
a black child could transfer to a white school district or
a white to a black school district if they so desired.
The black leader said that if his plan was presented by
both black and white groups the Supreme Court would accept
it. He said the Supreme Court is forcing school districts to
integrate to eliminate the condition in many districts where
there is otie board of education but different systems for blacks
Innis forecasted a "hell of a battle In the North" concerning
his .school program. However, he said many southern governors
have indicated that they are in agreement with his plan.
The CORE leader lambasted Eastern liberals for Ignoring
realities by favoring school integration. Innis two maih targets
of attack were New York City Mayor John Lindsey and the
New York Times.
However, Innis did not reserve his criticism to the white
community only. He also attacked the "bankrupt btack academic
community" and certain black civil rights groups for favoring
In a question and answer session after his speech, Innis
stated that he also favored blacks forming their own economic
community. He said this economic independence could be
achieved since blacks already contribute a substantial portion
to the nation's economy.
The CORE leader opposed conscription because blacks "are
being impressed to fight In imperialistic racial wars." But
he brought cheers from the audience when he said that military
trained blacks might be needed In the future to secure equality
for their race.
However, Innis said of Vice President Splro Agnew: "He's
looking better than Dick Nixon. He just might dump Nixon
Innis was born in the Virgin Islands and came to live
in Harlem at the age of 12. He majored in thcmlstry at
the City College of New York.
His first contact with CORE was in 1962 and he quickly
became one of its leading advocates for black male leadership
and for more community involvement. Innis also headed an
active educational committee of Harlem CORE and after the
failure of the school boycotts for integration of New York
City schools, began a movement toward quality education and
community control of schools.
In 1965, Innis was elected chairman of Harlem CORE and
served in this capacity until January 1968. During this time,
the Harlem chapter led the way In changes of ideological
direction of CORE toward black power and black self-determination.
No 'live-in 9 a t UNO
by BILL SMITIIERMAN
Nabraskan Staff Writer
Although the University of
Nebraska at Omaha (UNO)
student senate recently ap
propriated $5,500 of its budget
to promote the building of
dormitories on that campus,
'the University administration
has remained non-committal on
UNO student body president
Steve Wild said, "We are losing
many good students because
they feel they would have no
place to live." "Students here
are overwhelmingly in favor of
UNO President Kirk E.
Naylor said, "There are no
plans at all by the Board of
Regents or the Administration
to build dorms here. There
have been no dorms at UNO for
over 60 years," he added.
The only housing service now
maintained at UNO is a list of
available apartments. The stu
dent senate tried to operate this
service for a while, but was
unsuccessful, Naylor said.
Wild said the student senate
did not expect help from the
UNO administration. The
senate is utilizing the ap
propriated money to change
zoning around the campus to
provide space for possible
"If the rezoning is ac
complished, the next phase of
the program will be to entice
private contractors to build
dorms," Wild continued. "The
University Itself would have no
connection with dorm con
struction of this type."
Naylor said the University
has no objection to private
contractors building housing
geared for University students.
"There are many plusses and
minuses in the question of
dormitory building," Universi
ty of Nebraska Chancellor
Durward B. Varner said. "But,
I doubt there is any way to
build a dormitory today and
make it economically feasible."
Varner said In his discussions
with the Regents he had sensed
a negative attitude toward
dormitory building. This seems
to be a national trend, he add
ed. "I'm not sure it would be
desirable to build dorms even if
it were feasible," Varner said.
"The University's business is
education and it seems that the
housing business is somewhat
of a foreign field."
Citing the increasing trend of
students desiring to live away
from campus, he said he was
not sure if there is any real
gain in dormitory construction
"The Lincoln and Omaha
campuses should have a good
deal of contact," he added.
"Instruction should be equally
good at both campuses."
"But, it shouldn't be the
University's job to build dorms
to attract people for the Omaha
campus," Varner said. "It
should be increasingly the
position of the University to get
out of student housing."
He added that the University
should develop two distinctive
quality programs at the Lincoln
and Omaha campuses. The
student should have free choice
between the two, he said.
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