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Politics Convention Fights

Over Formation of Third Party

By WALTER SHAPIRO Early yesterday morning, thed
Special To The Daily convention assembled in a specialr
CHICAGO-The National Con- plenary session to act on the de-'
ference on New Politics {NCNP) mands of the black caucus, which
was in its usual state of confusion had been operating independentlyC
as it attempted late last night to since the convention opened Fri-f
reconvene for a second vote on day morning. By midafternoon,c
whether to run a third national after a frantic four-hour session
ticket or concentrate instead on of involved parliamentary proced-i
local organization. ure, and an even more chaotic vot-t
The convention body in its first ing process, the 2000 delegates castt
vote earlier last night gave a 20,000 votes and accepted these
plurality, but not a majority to demands by a margin of three-1
the proposal to run a third nation- to-one.t
al ticket. The balance between Despite this, many of the dele-
the supporters of the third ticket gates present voted reluctantly for
and those favoring local organiza- such proposals as condemning "the
tion lies with the 10 per cent of imperialistic Zionist war," giving
the delegates, including the Ann "total and unquestionable support
Arbor delegation, who supported to all national people's liberation
a third party. wars," including Viet Nam, and
The differences, however, be- the suggestion that "white civiliz-
tween the two contending posi- ing committees be established im-
tions are not as great as they ap- mediately in all white communi-
pear. Most delegates here believe ties to civilize and humanize the
that attention must be paid to savage and beastlike character
both electoral politics and local that runs rampant throughout
organization. The conflict lies in America."
which tactic should take prece- The rationale behind the Black
dence in creating a "new politics." Caucus' insistence that these de-
The final wording of the reso- mands be accepted without
lution will be worked out some- amendment has been exceedingly
tilie early today, with the prob- ;ifclt ahm
able result being a compromise be- difficult, to fathom.
tween the two positions. In some ways, the demands were
The issue and indecision sur- thought of as a purity test for
rounding the third-party question white radicals, as illustrated by
has left some people up in the the comment of . Mazie, Clark, a
air. Earlier this week, pediatrician- member of the steering .committee
politician Dr. Benjamin Spock of the Black Caucus, who said dur-
stated that he was not a-candidate ing the debate, "these demands
formally, but would consider a are to serve as a social barometer;
candidacy should it aid the peace to test the sincerity of the people
movement, and comedian Dick attending the New Politics Con-
Gregory is continuing his write- venion." As another member of
- in campaign without any formal the Black Caucus pointed out dur-
organizational backing. ing the debate, "we are asking.
e Spock has not taken a stand will you give up your bag of
on either side of the nomination- tricks and start from scratch?"

disowned by participants in the
recent Black Power Conference in
Floyd McKissick, chairman of
CORE, reiterated in a press con-
ference yesterday that he and his
organization are here only as ob-
servers. McKissick, who rejected
in a speech Friday the idea of
third-party politics, stressed yes-
terday what he and the Black
Caucus kvere interested in was
primarily "community and local
He added, "These people are far

more radical than the traditional
liberals, but I, for one, don't
think the black people are in a
position to coalesce with anyone.
We don't have a real political
identity yet."
The Black Caucus met during
most of the day, and one of the
participants called their session
far more concerned with black;
power and their own particular
problems than with the work of
the convention as a whole. He
said that this convention was!
regarded by many in the BlackI

Caucus as an opportunity to bring
together many members of mili-
Aant Negro groups and further
delineate black power.
But this mood of separatism is
not confined to racial lines. Many
participants here are using the
convention as an occasion to ga-
ther many together to meet sepa-
rately under one roof. And re-
gardless of the outcome of this
conveition, some will feel that it
was a success merely for having
gotten these people together for
the first time.

--Daily-Robert Sheffield
Arthur Murray has nothing on University Band Director William D. Revelli in teaching the boys in
blue to prance. The dance-step has been one of the major factors in determining the Michigan
Marching Band's national renown. The band will make its first appearance of the season on
September 23, when the Wolverines open their home football season against the Duke Blue Devils.
SRes ident ia College Governm-ent
To Be Determinedb Students

-Daily-Thomas R. Copi -Associated Press
.Gregory and S pock: Up in the Air

The Residential College is set-
ting up what it hopes will be a
model government.
A working system adopted at
the conclusion of two student
meetings held this week centers
around a temporary planning
commission staffed by randomly-
selected faculty, administration
and student representatives.
This novel method, which is re-
ferred to as the "pure way," was
accepted overwhelmingly by the
students of the college.
Dean James H. Robertson, di-
rector of the college, opened the

President Bruce Kahn followed
Cohen by announcing that he
"would fight for absolute auto-
nomy" for the Residential College
student government. He stressed
to the students that they must
"allow the maximum amount of
freedom for each other."
Kahn insisted the new govern-
ment fight for its position. "You
will tread on a lot of toes," he
warned. "When you tread on
them, tread on them hard." He
suggested the government take up
issues such as "women's hours,
man-woman relationships within
the dorms, and the school's cur-

ing, and will eventually build into
a successful working arrange.
Opinions varied concerning th
actual authority the student gov-

ernment will have. Some students or-not question, while Gregory left
believe "we have been given a the convention yesterday to parti-4
blank check." Most, however, are cipate in a free housing march
"aware that the lines of definition ,in Milwaukee (see story page 6').
have not as yet been drawn." The question of black delegates
"Our relationship" with SGC continued to be a divisive issue as
and the University "hasn't been the convention barely averted a
defined yet," Barbara Brown, a threatened walkout by a black
Resident Fellow at the college ex- caucus, representing most of the
plained. Negroes present, by accepting the
"Until we have our student gov- caucus' minimum demands for re-,
ernment, we will have to obey the entering the convention.

These comments should not re-
duce the sincerity of many of the
members of the Black Caucus who
invested time, money and effort
in coming here because they be-
lieve there are some areas in
which they can work with white
radicals. One member of the Black
Caucus described these demands
as necessary to prevent the Ne-
groes at the convention from being


first meeting, held on Tuesday, by riculum. rules already set down," Miss
explaining to the students that "I hope," he continued, "this Brown added. "However, thata
"we have imposed on you no form group will be able to show the rest doesn't mean," she remarked
of relationship between the fac- of the University that it is respon- "that we might not change them
ulty, students and administration." sible enough to govern itself." or modify them for our needs as
Robertson told the body they After his speech, Kahn met with they arise."
would decide the question of gov- a group of students and told them, Stuart M. Zellman, East Quad;
ernment entirely on their own. "Sometimes you've got to take director, told The Daily. "There,
Professor Carl Cohen, assistant things by fiat. Just next week, we have been some overtures about
director of the college and chair- will begin to do that in SGC " dorm changes. They'll simply have
man pro tem of the meeting, told "I think people will be intensely'to go through the proper channels.
the study body, numbering in ex- interested in watching what hap- This doesn't mean they couldn't
cess of 200, that "we cannot suc- pens to our form of government," do it, though."
ceed unless we exhibit a great deal I one student remarked, referring to Zellman referred to the problem
of common trust." the 19 member planning commis- of freshman women's hours, a
Student Government Council sion. "We are starting with noth- topic which came under much de-

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present at the original meetings,
r " the students far outnumbered
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"Many people will think that be-j
Burrows added that the Uni- cause faculty members are in our
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assignment for an educational suckered out."
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Local NAACP Leadder
Notes. Rising Riot Threat
By ANN MUNSTER Lion, employment-to improve un- As' for the Human Relatilons
'There is a climate now in this derstanding. Commission, she said there is
country for riots to erupt in any "I don't think the term 'black "room for a lot of improvement
American city," says Mrs. Emma power' implies that the Negro in the selection of the members."
Wheeler, chairman of the Ann Ar- people want to change positions Mrs. Wheeler, whose husband,
bor chapter of the National Asso- with the whites of this nation Dr. Albert Wheeler, also served in
ciation for the Advancement of so that they become a super-pow- the same NAACP post, feels that
Colored People (NAACP). er," she said. "They simply want the NAACP, of all organizations
"We have all of the problems what every other free man in this who count it among their pur-
- substandard housing, inferior country wants-the comfort of a poses to aid Negroes, "is doing
education, police brutality and un- decent home of their choice, a job the most on the local level. We
employment-that Negroes and where they can earn, education, have that constant touch with the
other minorities have in Detroit," freedom of movement. They don't entire Negro community, except-
she went on. "Only we have them want to be thought of as people ing, of course, the middle class."
on a smaller scale. As long as peo- or things apart." ' "The leadership," she says, "has
ple seek solutions to problems and Mrs. Wheeler says she expects been imaginative and skillful in
don't get them, there's going to this summer's riots to be follow- interpreting the needs of the com-
be unrest, and frustration, and ed by a white backlash "because munity and in seeking solutions to
revolt," she said. white people are just too stupid the problems. We have been will-
"Organizations like theNAACP, to know what is good for this ing at all times to work with oth-
the Urban League, church grospsA nation." er civil rights groups in defining
and others have asked for solu- She went on to say, "My hope and solving problems," she ex-
tions and haven't gotten any- is that the President of this na- plains.
thing solved," she continued. tion, that the governors of the'\ The Ann Arbor NAACP con-
"They haven't had any victories states, that the mayors of the ci- centrates its efforts on four ma-
and the people who suffer have ies would first have a real desire jor areas-housing, education, em-
become disillusioned with the lead- to bring about the changes that ployment and police-community
ership of these various groups. are necessary to improve our coun- relations.
"They have realized that our try and that they should begin Distribution
kind of communication is not get- to see one people instead of black In the area of housing, it is
ting the necessary results. A riot and white people. currently striving to ensure that
is nothing more than the use of "Then they should form com- the new public housing will be
another means of communication mittees and commissions made up placed in every section of Ann
when all other means have fail- not only of people who have the Arbor. In part this is because
ed," Mrs. Wheeler contends. confidence of the white popula- "public housing just should be
Mobilization Power tion but rather made up of the placed throughout the communi-
Mrs. Wheeler said she agreed people who suffer all of the in- ty." But Mrs. Wheeler admitted
with the rioters' call for black dignities of our society, as well as that racial imbalance was also a
power "if it means the mobiliza- those people whom they have con- factor in asking for the spread
tion of all the strength of the fidence in. of low-income housing.
N egro people-the ballot, educa- "Senator Brooke (R-Mass)," says Police-community relations is
Mrs. Wheeler, "is a hand-picked another area of vital concern for
leader. The general run of Negro the NAACP. "I don't think there's
people have no confidence in Sen- wholesome communication at this
ator Brooke, or in Roy Wilkins. time between the Negro commu-
McKissick, Jones, Brown, Moham- nity and the police department,"
med Ali-these are the people they Mrs. Wheeler said. "There's al-
"5 0 /'respect. And these and others ways a difference in the handling
0 should be the ones who are sit- of black and white offenders. The
ting, down with heads of govern- Negro community doesn't have
ment and thrashing out the prob- confidence in the police depart-
lems. They see the problems more ment and haven't been given ade-
realistically than those who are quate reason to."
being selected to represent Ne- "The NAACP has asked for po-
groes," Mrs. Wheeler contends. lice review boards and the like,
Simple Mechanics but the City Council and the po-
On the local political level, Mrs. lice department have always been
Wheeler criticizes the inadequacy steadfastly opposed."
of the solutions which have been The NAACP is also actively
devised to date. Such things as seeking improvement in the Negro
the Human Relations Commission, employment situation in Ann Ar-
the Housing Commission and the bor. During the summer, it had a
Fair Housing Ordinance, are "sim- committee working with the Of-
ply the mechanics of change," she fice of Economic Opportunity
said.placing young people in summer

And Now We Go Back to the Da3

To be read out loud over a
Buddy Bolden record)
Jasssssss, the music of the Ne-
gro, came slowly up the good, ol'
Mississippi. The pulsating rhy-
thm, the agony of the bluuuuue
note, the wild solid beat of the
drums. Into New Orleans it set-
tled and soon Dixieland was
born. They took the breeze from
the trees . . . fade out voice
and music).
The greatest thing about the
whole Louis Armstrong concert at
Hill Auditorium last night was
that the whole Dixieland saga
really made sense. As soon as he
peeped out from that stage-right
door and melted the audience with

I"The housing is not available, jobs.+It also has a permanent com-
and where it is there are too many mittee which strives to find em-
ways to circumvent its availability. pldyment for Negroes with firms
The Human Relations Commission which have not heretofore hired
is a part of government and can them.



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