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By Margaret Behm
relations and affirmative action were
topics discussed by three University of
Nebraska-Lincoln professors during a
faculty panel Friday.
The panel took place at the
Nebraska Union in honor of Martin
Luther King Jr. Day.
Reparation payments to blacks who
have suffered damages from racism
took up a large part of the discussion.
Usually when the subject of repara
tions is discussed it is by the people who
want to receive it, Leon Caldwell said.
“Most of what we hear is from the
side of the oppressed,” said Caldwell,
assistant professor of educational psy
chology. “We rarely hear from the
Other ethnic groups have been paid
for past abuses because the government
needed them for an economic purpose,
“I think that part of the larger system
is that if you have something this coun
try values,” Caldwell said, “then you can
The government has not paid blacks
because it will not lose anything if it
doesn’t admit to past abuses, he said.
“To think that you can benefit off of
someone and later not claim it is nuts,”
he said. “As a psychologist, I can diag
nose you for that with some type of per
A problem with financial repara
tions is that many questions come up as
to who will pay and how much will be
paid, Caldwell said.
“I say we go straight to South
Carolina,” Caldwell said, “and say that
AS PART OF THE CLOSING to a day of celebration and remembrance of Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr., Voices of Destiny, the Lincoln High School Youth
Choir, performed at the Union.
because you have the (Confederate) flag
and are claiming our slavery, we are ask
ing you for the money first.”
Susan Miller discussed current
issues between American Indians and
“It’s not about making amends with
in the indigenous nations,” said Miller,
assistant professor of history and ethnic
studies. “It’s about mending diplomatic
relations between them and the U.S.”
Miller brought up issues such as the
Lakota tribe trying to get back all of the
government-owned Black Hills in
southwest South Dakota.
The Lakota tribe has refused to take
money to settle the dispute, Miller said.
“The Lakotas are inclined to argue
that you can’t put a dollar amount on the
Dakotas,” Miller said.
An audience member brought up
the topic of casinos, which support
American Indians. Some white people
are trying to banish them, Miller said.
“The American people have largely
destroyed the economic bases of the
Lakota people,” she said. “Casinos are
what tribes can now depend on, so white
people are trying to destroy that, too.
Although white people have taken
American-Indian land and are trying to
destroy American Indians economical
ly, Miller said that she hasn’t given up.
“I don’t think we should write off
the white people,” Miller said. “They
can still stand up and reclaim their
ethics. I think they should do it today.”
Another issue discussed during the
forum was affirmative action, which
would make institutions more diverse
and would be a positive change, said
Anna Shavers, associate professor of
the College of Law.
“Recognizing that diversity is a goal
we need to achieve would be beneficial
to our schools and communities,”
Miller said she did not think that
white people would give up their power
for affirmative action.
“The reality of living in a white
supremacist environment like the U.S.
where they not only hold the power,” she
said, “but they know the corruption it
took to get the power, to ask them to
relinquish that power is unrealistic.”
Youth at center ofMLK Day rally
RALLY from page 1
“We cannot expect Dr. King’s
dream to become a reality around us,”
Cherng said, “until it becomes real
Aquarius Hopkins, a senior ele
mentary education major at UNL,
offered many suggestions to help lis
teners in their fights against racism.
Knowing what’s going on in the
world and getting involved in the
community helps to fight injustice,
“Become aware, because injustice
works best when no one is watching,”
Hopkins also encouraged the
younger members of the crowd to be
involved because they did help the
“Historically speaking, young
people were a very huge part of the
civil rights movement,” Hopkins said.
Jessie Myles, Lincoln’s NAACP
president, said he hopes Martin
Luther King Jr. Day won’t be the only
day that people will make an effort
“Hopefully this won’t be a one
time event,” said Myles, “but it will be
an effort that you will continue to do.”
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