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"The makeshift plans put togeth
mer by city administrators to at
in the ghettos are merely buying t
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measures can long contain the t
oppressed people.,'
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BLACK I

POLITICS
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THE KWESKIN JUG BAND

PETE SEEGER

A PHOTOGRAPHER

THEODORE BIKEL A HIPPIE

their own worth and influence as
human beings so they'll be better
equipped to make the most of what
chances they have.
There are small victories, one has
to be satisfied with them, the big
ones don't come. Because of a picket-
line one of the buildings on my
block is finally getting fixed-up. As
usual, the most noticeable repairs
are the cheapest to make (paint,
plaster; clean-up of the halls and
cellar). I hope that the landlord
doesn't succeed in satisfying the
people with that easy job. If they're,
happy with the work, if they think
that he's caring about them now,
their' anger will go and with it any
possibility of making that hole de-
cent.
I met a guy in a bar recently who
works for a real estate office. He
talked about all the cool deals he's
,made . . . and money too. Payoffs,
not only the usual ones to cops,
inspectors, loan companies for
phony mortgages but even to judges.
And behind all this, people have to,
live in hell-holes.
Maybe we're all still duped by the
words of Thomas Jefferson. Every-
thing I see down here, I can't make
its rawness seem real in words, but
it just is not just. You can talk
about how all men are created
equal, but man, in the ghetto there
just are not any such things as 'in-
alienable rights.' Poor Jefferson, he

might be more heartbroken than I
am if he could be here.
And you begin to wonder . . . just
what, is America all about? What
does democracy mean? Do we have
the right to allow ourselves to be
part of it anymore? Words like sed-
ition and treason no longer sound
like crimes, because the allegedly
seditious act would really be in the
interests of America if we genuinely
believe in our rhetoric.
The select few who run the sys-
tem, the machine, have left out the
masses while promising to include
them. But now the masses, the Black
masses, are getting hip to the sit-
uation and they're getting mad.
Their discontent is the beginning
of a real social rebellion and the
the extent to which it must be vio-
lent depends upon the white man,
the 'hunkie.'
All the, black revolution says is
this: the ideals and beauties and
possible growth of America have
been horribly perverted by the hun-
kie. The democracy has been wreck-
ed because the white man has con-
sistently failed to make the right
decisions. He hasn't only lynched
and robbed and milked and hated
and killed, but he has also violated
every honest strain in his existence.
It is very obvious that he can no
longer be trusted with anything.
What will be the white reaction?
Already there are new anti-riots

bills and much stricter local ordin-
ances concerning disorderly con-
duct, inciting riots, even loitering.
Many poverty programs are now un-
der investigation and many good
people have been suspended - the
FBI and CIA must have really done
a job on that. If these preliminary
moves don't work, if the nigger
doesn't stay quiet, I suppose the
hunkie will have to resort to the
concentration camp scare.
But relatively few people are much
concerned with what happens.

White America
its ability to 1
Some peopl
marriage is tl
That way the
destroyed. A
at miscegenat
generations,
manently ren
from the facet
Perhaps the
perience thine
esty and justic
kie only talks a

JIM KWESKIN

BASS PLAYER

HIPPIE PHOTOGRAPHER GRANPA JONES

and,

in Ann Arbor

.

DAVID CHAMBERLAIN spent two years studying at Wesle-
yan University and The Sorbonne in Paris before dropping
out of school. He is now doing community organization work
in the Bronx and says "the biggest problem in writing about
the ghetto is that your sense of justice becomes so enraged
that it is almost impossible to impose enough self-restraint to
be objective."

FARM WORKER

WITH DAVE DUDLEY.

WITH MUDDY WATERS JOAN BAEZ

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