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"Ain't that awful about them poor starvin' Biafrans?"

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A glum anniversary
for Detroit,

(NE YEAR AGO, last night, a squad of
Detroit policemen was sent to break
up a blind pig operation in Detroit's west-
side black ghetto.
That night, a combination of mistakes
by the policemen along with the heat of
a summer night in the city provided the
spark for the unleashing of black frus-
tration against a white social-political
and economic structure.
The tragedy in Detroit was the tragedy
of a nation whose ruling establishment
seeks to maintain the status quo, and
whose vast middle-class chooses the tele-
vision and a can of beer over political
activity in their free time.
As blacks tried to avenge themselves
of the inflated prices of ghetto shopkeep-
ers, the shopkeepers were, in turn,
avenged by a trigger-happy division of
national guardsmen who figured indi-
rectly or directly in most of the 43 deaths
during the six-day "civil disorder."
THE EXECUTIVE reaction to last sum-
mer's riots was typical of every Amer-
ican tragedy experienced since President
* Johnson took office. And many American
intellectuals chose to believe the Kerner
Commission Report when it was pub-
lished last March, which said that the
power structure was indeed responsible.
The Kerner Report suggested a number
of detailed plans to alleviate the condi-
tion which caused last summer's riots.
Detailed housing and welfare programs
were advocated in the report, which also
included a preface condemning white
racism and a supplement which examined
the structure of police forces.
However, Johnson has never officially
IT LOOKS like the plant department is
increasing the fortification of the Uni-
versity's grass (lawns) on campus. An-
other chain and companion post are
propped up against a tree awaiting in-
stallation in front of Mason Hall. These
chains protect the grass so people don't
walk on it, and kill it. And because there
will be more people here in the fall, there
will probably be more chains.
It seems the plant department spends
a lot of time working with these chains,
replacing them when they get rusty, or
repairing them when they get cut. This
time, coupled with the initial price of the
chains (for these are pretty high class
chains), must cost the University a lot of
To the average guy who would occa-
sionally like to walk on the lawn, it seems
the money could be better spent to invent
(if it is not already invented) grass that
is just as pretty, but stronger, so it
wouldn't die if we stepped on it once in
a while.
WITH THE chains gone, and the grass
in bloom, the plant department could
take care of more important matters,
like giving the wooden fences a fresh
coat of grey paint every day.

commented on the report he commis-
sioned, and in the meantime a hawkish
Congress has cut welfare and aid-to-the-
cities programs -- drawing sharp protest
from urban mayors, as well as from most
civil rights groups.
and Nelson Rockefeller all advocated
immediate implementation of the Kerner
Commission Report, but their suggestions
have been shrugged aside by the political
establishment of both the Democratic
and Republican parties.
Both Hubert Humphrey and Richard
Nixon have said that the major domestic
issue in the 1968 election campaign would
be crime in the streets - not the crime
in the society, which is the patron of
crime in the streets.
Secretary of Defense Clark Clifford
said in a press conference on July 11, "It
is a mistake to assume that when the war
is over in Vietnam there will be a sharp
and substantial drop in defense expendi-
Congress, touched with cold war fever
is well on its way to committing $50 bil-
lion for an anti-ballistic missile system.
In its second supplemental appropria-
tions bill, passed by a vote of 64 to 1
with only Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-Wis.)
dissenting, Congress cut the summer
camp program of the poverty setup from
$32 million to $10 million, the neighbor-
hood youth program from $75 million to
$13 million and the headstart program
from $25 million to $5 million.
Meanwhile, nearly $4 billion was in-
cluded as a supplemental appropriation
for Vietnam.
THERE ARE many explanations why
the nation's cities haven't exploded
this summer. But the incidents which oc-
curred following the assassination of Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr., show clearly
enough that the situation is still volatile.
As the summer gets hotter, Congress-
men must be naive to think they might
avoid a riot while the situation in the
cities is no better than last year, and in
some cases worse.
Certainly the national guard and the
police forces of cities with large black
populations are preparing for large scale
How many more Detroits and Newarks
will it take to wake Congress to the re-
ality of discontent in our country? The
memory of last summer served as a grim
reminder of what happened when the na-
tion forgot about Watts in 1965.
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New politicking
with ik&John
IT IS A PITY that we are in that season when we are more interested
in the presence and posture of politicians than in what they say.
John Lindsay's speech on the Vietnam war in Wisconsin two weeks
ago was one of those treasures which get lost in such distractions; it
was the flattest, the most succinct and the frankest denunciation of
that adventure this country has yet heard from a national politician.
So, after delivering it, the Mayor came home to read in the New
York Times about the serious thought Mr. Nixon is giving to him as a
Vice Presidential candidate.
This sequence of events suggest something about the New Politics,
an expression invented to describe it, if not to explain, the inexplicable
happenings in our political history since last spring. In the chase after
Mr. Nixon to which he brings that dash he seems able to mount only
from. the sight at long distance of the train leaving the station, Gov.
Rockefeller pays tribute to the New Politics whenever he can.
Still, there was the Governor visible and trapped with Gov. Kirk
of Florida who was calling George Wallace a good old boy but mis-
guided, and there was Mr. Nixon invisible but somehow emanating in-
timations of fraternity with John Lindsay. It seem's, unfair really; the
New Politics, whatever it is, draws some of its mysterious chemistry
from reaction to the Old Politics, of which Mr. Nixon is so familiar a
representative. Yet Mr. Nixon, of all persons, turns out to have the
most skill at exploiting the mood which makes Lindsay the preeminent
New Politician in the Republican Party.
THE ONLY certain way to recognize the New Politician is by his
special appeal to persons who might normally be expected to'consider
what he says matter for anathema. The Republican convention, after
all, belongs to those professionals to whom Lindsay ought to seem the
most dangerous of heretics.
Yet Mr. Nixon chooses this juncture to noise about his warm views
of the Mayor as a prospective Vice President. This cannot be an aber-
ration; Mr. Nixon knows Republican professionals better than any-
one alive, having, from his necessities, endured their company and
solicited their opinions more than anyone else has lately cared to.
He, if anyone, knows what they need. We might understand Amer-
ican politics better if we thought of them as governed less often by
liberals and reactionaries than by hen-pecked and chick-pecked men.
The New Politics is the creation of women and children.
THERE MUST be times when a Republican delegate comes home
from the insurance company and says he is going to vote for Nixon,
and his wife groans and his children scoff, not because Nixon is so
dreadful but because he is so familiar.
Now, by any formal standards, the Mayor ought to be bore too;
he is Protestant, stuffy and only occasionally-when he swears-given
to utterances transcending the speech pattern of the Boy Scout Manual.
But his magic is that he plays parts until now reserved for Democrats
and almost never played so well by any of them. He continues to look
suburban while plunging into the urban; he is the safe man who
regularly risks doing unsafe things.
It is only less unlikely that he would accept the nomination than
that Mr. Nixon would tender it to him. But the notion serves as a
marvelous tranquilizer for any stresses which Gov. Rockefeller's des-
perate tugging might induce over the next three weeks; now a Nixon
delegate can distract a family a little jaded at the thought of a Presi-
dent Nixon with the- dream of a Vice President Lindsay.
So the New Politics can be defined as a phenomenon arising out of
dissatisfaction with Mr. Nixon among many others; and Mr. Nixon
can be appreciated as the only Old Politician who has so far found a
way to exploit the New Politics at the smallest cost to himself and the
least sacrifice to his principles.
(Copyright 1968-New York Post Corp.)


Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:
DAVID DUBOFF'S editorial at-
tack (Daily, July 20) on the
role played by student leaders
in the -recent bylaws controversy
is without foundation. He has
accused the student leaders of
playfng a very shrewd game of
political poker and of winning a
modest pot. Surely they ought to
be commended for these actions.
Duboff's problem is that he does
not understand politics, and, par-,
ticularly, the politics of state uni-
versities. Whether Duboff likes it
or not, student leaders must work
within a political framework
where, as Mark Levin has pointed
out, "the Regents have the au-
thority to govern a state-owned
andstate-financed education in-
stitution and to make rules and
regulations regarding conduct on
University property." I have never
thtought that the goal of student
power, at least in the short run,
was to attack the entire concept
of public ownership and support
of state universities. If my as-
sumption is correct, the legitimate
right of the Regents to be the
ultimate source of authority is not
in question. This is precisely
where Duboff runs astray. To at-
tack the legitimacy of the Regents
is to attack the right of the peo-
ple of the State of Michigan to
have a say lin how their property
(the University) is managed. I
submit that neither the students
nor the faculty is ready to engage
in that battle at the present time.
ACCEPTING THE limitations
imposed by working for changes
within the University community,
make Duboff's comments decided-
ly irrelevant. The question of how
the University should relate to
the State is not confronted, there-
by winning a powerful ally in the
struggle for internal self-deter-
mination; namely, the Regents.
As long as the Regents feel that
they are responsibly exercising
the mandate of the people, there
is no reason to suppose they can-
not be persuaded to support the
students and faculty, rather than
the administration. The Estab-
lishment everywhere has decided
that the "grassroots" is where the
action is.
Thus, students and faculty (the
University's grassroots) ought to
be able to wrest greater and great-
er concessions from the Regents,
at the expense of the traditional

privileges and power of the bu-
reaucrats. In the recent contro-
versy, the Regents indicated this
will be their new course of action:
legitimation of student-faculty
policy-making. Clearly the bureau-
crats are the losers in this en-
counter. This is as it should be:
the only groups that ought to
have policy-making authority are
those who represent constituencies
of the University, the Regents
(representing the people), the
students and the faculty. The bu-
reaucrats are hired by these groups
to keep the institutionrunning.
That they are at last being strip-
ped of their policy-making au-
thority is an extremely promising
University politics is a com-
plicated process. Rather than
playing games with irrelevant
arguments and abstracted legal-
isms, Mr. Duboff might well
profit from serious analysis and
reflection on the matter. The
question is how to effect meaning-
ful change. To do this, one's stra-
tegies and tactics must be appro-
priate to reality, without neces-
sarily compromising on basic
goals and objectives. To win polit-
ical battles,btherefore, you form
alliances and define your enemies.
In the present situation, the ene-
my is the Administration, the ally
is the Regents. The student lead-
ership has perceived this. I hope
Mr.' Dubo~ff will this~ lso.

that prevents the Hausas and
Yorubas from joining with the
Ibos, as individuals in peaceful
capitalistic competition, to reap
the fruits of Western technology.
THE IBOS are being extermi-
nated by the same mentality that
exterminated the Jews in Ger-
many. Power lusters are skillfully
focusing the envy-inspired anti-
capitalist mentality of a basic-
ally tribal people on a convenient
scapegoat to further their own
personal power. Once again we
see fascism and communism iden-
tical in their practical applica-
-Pete McAlpine
To the Editor:
I WOULD LIKE to express my
appreciation for the concert
and record reviews of your staffer
R. A. Perry. He can be snooty and
he cankbe shallow, but in general
I think he very well underlines
the important strengths and weak-
nesses of a performance and does
so in a gracious style. In my seven
years in Ann Arbor I have read
too many horrible reviews by pre-
tenders to musical knowledge and
so I find Perry's reviews a real
boon to the community.
--Paul C. Churchill, Grad

--Joseph L. Falkson,
To the Editor:
cout f Ngra Lt
19) makes the case fo
rather than Nigeria. It is
left-wing, fascist-tinged
that lead him to side with
The only real guilt tha
ascribed to the Ibos w
involvement in slave tra
under the impression,
that everyone involved
trade is now deceased.
it is doubtful that all
of the time engaged in sla
Collective guilt is only p
the collective mind, tha
mind of fascists and corr
The rest of Johnson
on the Ibos is for their
of the proven Westerns
production and co-opera
Western capitalists. T
should be congratulateda
lated by all Africa. It is o
hate, ignorance, Commu
tation, and primordial

To the Editor:
L, Grad I WAS PRESENT at the softball
BiafIra match between the Daily Libels
and the Ann Arbor Pinko Con-
)N'S ac- I was shocked and saddened to
ters, July note two aspects of the game -
)r Biafra aspects which served to shake my
s only his faith in the structure ofkstudent
premises government and the spirit of fair
h Nigeria. play which should prevail at a
t can be student publication such as your
was their
de. I was First, the umpire, who serves in
however, his spare time as SGC executive
in slave vice president, seemed to be suf-
Further, fering from some sort of color
the Ibos blindness, favoring shades of red.
ave trade. All his calls were unfair to The
)t is Daily.dHis mother should be
itis te he ashamed of him.
muniss attack Second, it was painfully obvious
adoptionck that The Libels started "slacking
system of up" after rolling up their original
tion with 6-0 margin, winning by only two
Che Ibos runs in the end. Is it fair to string
and emu- them along like that, letting them
only envy, hope for victory even if they are
nist agi- pinkos? Shame on all of you!
tribalism -Mrs. Velma Mottershead, '32

Bolet: High romanticism

Oh, God!


Without Words are usual-
ly considered as lyrical cream-
puffs to be tossed off by pian-
ists with graceful sentiment
and drowsy revery. Therefore.
the depth of poetry, the pro-
fundity of feeling, and even the
overtones of tragedy that Jorge
Bolet discovered and revealed
in these works last night not
only raised the stature of the.
pieces themselves, but also in-
dicated what a supreme artist
Bolet is,
Knowing that Bolet has been
heralded as a virtuoso pianist
of gigantic technique but also,
that he carries the mild stigma
of Hollywood associations, I did
not know what truly to expect
from his Rackham recital last
night. No matter; his recital
was a musical and artistic tri-

not merely to satisfy his per-
sonal desires. Bolet's musical
intelligence and his musical in-
tuition, not to mention his
manual facility, are simply
The deep feeling, the authen-
tic ardor, the command of nu-
ance in service of poetry, made
his performance of Franck's
Prelude, Choral and Fugue an
ineffable experience. I was
about to say a "memorable ex-
perience" but really the "ex-
perience" soon evaporated in
that Bolet penetrated cognitive
form to reach what D'Indy
called the "luminous serenity"
of Franck.
The transportive musical ex-
perience-that Bolet evoked was
especially appropriate to this
piece in which Franck sought
somehow to blend the far-
roaming imagination of Liszt
with the mores uctuntnredon-

heaven-storming ideas, with
here and there a few sweet
flowers to shed fragrance upon
the whole. One feels both bles-
sedness and anxiety, but rather
more anxiety." Heine's observa-
tion well describes Liszt's
Etudes D'execution Transcend-
Between the apocalyptic
"preludio" and "wilde jagd"
come etudes wavering between
storm and idyll that never lose
the sense of underlying anxiety.
Perhaps the "anxiety" rises
from the restlbss, leaping imag-
ination of Liszt that knows no
peace even in the sweet pas-
sages of the "ricordanza" or
Liszt is a specialty of Bolet's
and he played the etudes with
unflagging technical prowess,
poetic intensity, and introspec-
tive searching. There was never

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