The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 24, 1995, Page 3, Image 3

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    Columnist Page speaks
on racial relations
Kate Peistrup
Page speecFi
Race relatons in the United States
will get worse before they get better,
a Pulitzer Prize winning columnist
said in a speech at the Nebraska Union
Thursday night.
Clarence Page, a columnist for the
Chicago Tribune and a commentator
on National Public Radio and PBS,
spoke at the opening session for the
African Americans and the Great
Plains symposium. Page stressed
the importance of historical perspec
tive in today’s controversial issues.
“Ben Franklin could have run Pete
Wilson’sre-election campaign,” Page
said, referring to the California gov
ernor who recently was re-elected on
a strong anti-immigrant platform.
He said victims of racism often
were members of ethnic groups new
to an area, because people are uncom
fortable with that unfamiliarity.
“Prejudice is 85 percent presence,”
he said.
Page also said that African Ameri
cans must avoid criticizing each other
for being ‘Hoo white,” and for “speak
ing proper English,” because by do
ing so, they were embracing stereo
types of themselves.
He also cautioned against “stealth
racism.” He said that because African
Americans such as Oprah Winfrey
and Bill Cosby were popular figures
in society, people could perceive that
the United States did not have prob
lems with race relations.
Page praised the Nation of Islam
for “reaching out to the underclass,”
something he said middle-class Afri
can Americans had failed to do.
He said that when speaking of race
relations in America, one should think
of the country not as a melting pot,
but as Mulligan stew.
“All the parts are distinct ... but
they all absorb flavor from each other,”
he said.
Page said he hoped to use his col
umns as a way to improve race rela
tions in the United States.
He said his criterion in deciding
what columns to write was “is this
good for black folks?”
And, he said, a newspaper’s role is
to solve problems, not to create them.
“I’ve done my job when I’ve of
fended everybody,” Page said.
The African Americans and the
Great Plains symposium runs through
5 p.m. Saturday at the Lincoln Down
town Ramada Hotel. The Center for
Great Plains Studies also is sponsor
ing a Kansas City-style jazz concert
Friday night from 8 to 10 at the
Kimball Recital Hall, 11th and R
The symposium and concert are
free to UNL students.
—Police Report—■
Beginning midnight Wednesday
8:52 a.m.—Manter Hall, alarm/fire,
set off by construction dust.
11:46 a.m. —Abel Hall, injury/sick
ness, party transported to Lincoln
General Hospital.
12:47 a.m. — Manter Hall, assault/
2:01 p.m.—Smith Hall, vandalism/
criminal mischief, bike lock cables
cut, $50 damage.
2:07 p.m. — Seaton Hall, larceny
from building, phone taken, $58 loss.
2:45 p.m. — Oldfather Hall, larceny
from building, TV taken, $672 loss.
5:15 p.m. — Nebraska Union, lar
ceny from building, purse and con
tents taken, $39 loss.
5:40 p.m. — Ferguson Hall, larceny,
bike taken, $500 loss.
7:24 p.m. — Love Library, larceny,
bike taken, $730 loss.
8:36 p.m.—Woods Art Building, lar
ceny from building, cash taken, $70
Beginning midnight Tuesday
9:49 a.m. — Area 3 lot, Harper
Schramm-Smith, larceny from auto,
$3,000 loss, $75 damage.
11:43 a.m. — Area 20 lot, Buck
Beltzer Field, larceny from auto, $30
12:37 p.m. — Dental College, lar
ceny from building, case unfounded.
1:16 p.m. — Andrews Hall, injury/
Donated crayons to be sent to Africa
From Staff Reports
^UNL Fulbright scholar Joan
Sullivan ran into a problem as she
was teaching her grade school stu
dents in Ethiopia.
In Sullivan’s school, the floors are
made of dirt. Holes — absent of cur
tains, panes or glass — are the only
windows. Supplies are limited. For
get the computers of Lincoln class
rooms. Forget even a blackboard.
Or crayons.
Sullivan, an assistant English
teacher for grades kindergarten
through 12, wanted to begin art classes
to add sky blues, brick reds and aqua
marine to the normal gray and brown.
She had some paper and a few
crayons with her. When Sullivan
showed them off, the students were
thrilled. But the crayons were lim
ited, and the government will not
provide more, said Larry Andrews,
Sullivan’s adviser.
That’s where the Teachers Col
lege Advisory Board stepped in. The
board has set up a booth in Henzlik
Continued from Page 1
Warner said that without the net
incentives, the Brashear amendment
was going against what the Revenue
Committee had been using for many
He said the Brashear amendment
also severed his support for the bill,
even after it was repealed.
“I regret supporting this bill as far
as I did,” he said. “I was only in
support because I thought there was a
going to be a justification I could tell
Sen. Tim Hall of Omaha, who has
opposed the Micron bills, voted sar
castically to keep the amendment. He
said the “sham” of the Brashear
amendment should continue.
“What we are doing is gambling,”
he said. “We’d have a better chance
rolling dice. In fact, I think we’d
probably have a better chance at a slot
“We’re going to roll the dice. I
think there is a very good chance that
it will end up with craps.”
Continued from Page 1
a very emotional two or three days.”
Withem said the debate had been
good, with a lot of input from many
Despite the long hours, few
feathers had been ruffled with mem
bers of the Legislature, he said.
Withem said those that were upset
were more upset with the bills, not
the process.
Sen. Roger Wehrbein of
Plattsmouth said it was too early to
see if there was any political fallout
from Withem’s push.
“There’s no question he’s taken
a risk,” he said. “It’s a tough spot
to be in.”
Sen. Don Wesely of Lincoln
said that the bigger political risk in
the Micron debates was being taken
by those opposing the measures.
“The power in this state wants
this bill,” he said, adding that it
was difficult to oppose big money.
“If it was easy to oppose (the Mi
cron bills), you’d see a lot more
people oppose it.”
Chambers said “rancorous” de
bate and late nights were nothing
new to the Legislature.
Continued from Page 1
Police received a disturbance
call involving a group of males in
the 2700 block of Apple Street. A
second call came in later saying a
weapon might be involved.
When officers arrived about
12:15 p.m., they learned the group
had gone into a house at 2931
Apple St., the same address listed
for Muhammad, a senior wingback
from Compton, Calif.
William Sellers, 20, told police
he was standing near 2748 Apple
St. when the group of four to five
males walked by and Hashed gang
Sellers yelled at the group and
then began following down the
street, continuing to shout at them.
A block and a half later, one mem
ber of the group allegedly reached
into his jean pocket and pulled out
a handgun.
Sellers told police the gun was
similar to a revolver, and after the
man pointed it at him, Sellers ran.
Police arrested the man for making
terroristic threats.
After police made the arrest, the
group came off the porch at 2931
Apple St. and walked into the street,
yelling at and taunting witnesses.
Police told Muhammad twice to
leave the area, but he refused, ac
cording to reports. Muhammad,
21, was then arrested and jailed for
failing to comply with an officer.
Knuckles was cited while po
lice were serving a search warrant
at the house to look for a gun. No
gun was found, Heermann said.
Muhammad is scheduled to be
arraigned in early March.
Hall so people can donate either money
or crayons to be sent to Sullivan. The
booth will stay open through today
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The advisory board got off to a
good start early in the week. The goal
is to collect 300 boxes, said Tricia
Koch, president of the advisory board.
Members also are contacting greek
houses and residence halls.
Sullivan is getting information for
her dissertation, which she will begin
writing when she returns in July,
Andrews said.
Study Germany and its
Criminal Justice System this
summer - July 13 to August 7,
1995. Six hours of credit
possible: Instruction in English,
Field trips to criminal justice
facilities, historic sites,
medieval castles, and World
War II landmarks.
For information contact:
Professor Finn Esbensen
Department of Criminal Justice
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