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Page 4-A-Friday, September 7, 1979-The Michigan Daily

I

Nne M t r ,dtgansf talreo
Ninet y Years of Editorial Freedom

Black-Jewish rift began
before Andy Young affair

I Vol. LXXXX, No. 2

News Phone: 764-0552

Edited and managed by students at the University of Michigan

Welcome back to the 'U'

C ARS INCH down State Street, lines And t
stretch down corridors, around controv
corners and out into the street. You're investn
shuffling - or racing - from one office busines
to another, filling out forms of all issue th
shapes and sizes. expect
If it's your first term here, take a groups,
deep breath and relax: the information tatives;
deluge and bureaucratic manhandling bers. M
will soon be over. Beneath the of- of the R
ficialdom lies a city with an enormous tuitionc
amount to offer. campus
The ordeal of picking classes has In Ja
already revealed the University's wide managi
assortment of educational oppor- Univers
tunities, including everything from constitu
gerontology to oceanography and man. H
more. For those with esoteric in- Preside
terests, there are many ways to set up selected
personal projects for credit. Univers
And if soaring tuition costs haven't To so.
entirely drained your bankbook, Ann the sch
Arbor offers a selection of amusemen- particip
ts that should keep you happy. The city Last ye
can boast of having numerous cultural student
attractions. more pr
Music lovers can look forward to the long wa
upcoming Ann Arbor Jazz Festival, sity a be
frequent concerts of all kinds, regular So wh
folk music at the Ark, and much more. and the
Many entertaining movies - cheaper stay aw
than regular theaters - are always informe
available around the University. the deci
Richard Nixon
.discuss t
INCE HIS TEARFUL resignation Hecsha
S from the presidency five years vtin g
ago, Richard Nixon has made quite a time. He
comeback. time.
The former president, who seemed proclaim
in deep financial troubles soon after he But no
left office, has turned the situation Senate t
completely around. He has published governm
his memoirs-grossing him more than. povehim
$1ov million-, analyzed his presidency Seathi
with avid Frost on national television,
earning him another few hundred amount t
thousand dollars,and is curintly amount
working on a second book. the value
The process of rehabilitation has The rea
been very successful and Richard tly purc
Nixon has begun living again. . dominiui
But during his road to recovery thereT
has been one problem. He has used The for,
move the
government money -for his .own It is d
use-money belonging to the nation's posedly
taxpayers and not to a former public Fordpar
official. .enFte's
Besides receiving financial aid from Senates
does not
the United states to pay for his staff and there is n
Secret Service protection, Nixon has about it.
used the nation's money to make im- abut t
provements at his estate in San Nixon wi
Clemente, California. no obliga
Nixon has made his home in exile He has cl
more of a hotel resort. He has invited presiden
former. colleagues in both public and presini
private life to come to his mansion and pose in li
I Smme

here is never a lack of political
ersy. Conflict over University
ients in corporations doing
s in South Africa will be a big
is year. Loud noise can also be
ed from University labor
student government represen-
and non-tenured faculty mem-
inority enrollment, the status
OTC program, and housing and
costs will also be taken up by
interest groups.
nuary, the responsibilities of
ng the day-to-day affairs of the
ity and its tens of thousands of
ents will be assumed by a new
arold Shapiro, currently Vice-,
nt for Academic Affairs, was
3 this summer to take over the
ity's presidency.
lve the complex issues facing
ool, Shapiro will need active
ation from the student body.
ar showed a definite increase in
involvement on campus and
ogress in that area could go a
y toward making this Univer-
tter place to be.
ile you're flooded with classes
city's cultural delights, try to
are of University issues. Only an
d student body can help make
sions that have to be made.

Andrew Young's resignation
under fire from the position of
chief U.S. delegate to the United
Nations has made the apparent
Black-Jewish "split" the subject
of countless commentaries and
columns. That the Young
resignation came over the Carter
administration's sensitive and
politically volatile Middle East
policy was in itself enough to
raise the spector of a serious
division betwwen two of the
oldest allies in the old civil rights
coalition.
And the fact that Young's
dismissal came after his meeting
with the Palestine Liberation
Organization's UN observer, con-
trary to stated U.S. policy, was
also in itself enough to put black
leaders and Jewish leaders on
opposite sides.
BUT IN THE outpouring of
commentary following the Young
resignation, and amidst all the
talk of a black/Jewish "split,"
what seems lost is the fact that
the Young resignation merely
underscored a bitter divisiveness
that lays roots deeper than this
most recent episode. The Young
Affair (as it will be known in the
annals of various newspaper
morgues) brought rushing force
a tidal wave of vented hostilities,
from which the political waters
will be a long time settling.
The night that Young resigned,
Rev. Jesse, Jackson drew a
ringing ovation from the
Southern Christian Leadership
conference meeting in Norfolk,
Va. by suggesting that blacks had
more to worry about from
American Jews than from the Ku
Klux Klan. "The Klan didn't
move on Andy," Jackson said.
The obvious demogoguery of
his eloquence aside, Jackson's
rhetoric struck a chord of respon-
siveness among the 2,000 SCLC
members and delegates attending.
History of black-Jewish rift
SO IF THE Young resignation
was only a catalyst for more
deeply-held emotions, to truly un-
derstand the black-Jewish rift is

By Keith Richburg

to look first at when the rift first
began, somewhere in the mid-
1960s during the drive to
desegregate the American south.
Traditionally, the civil rights
workers south of the Mason-
Dixon line had always consisted
of blacks and Jews, organizing
protest marches, registering
voters, sitting-in at cafeterias
and restaurants. In the famous
pictures of the Selma walk, stan-
ding in the front line ranks with
Martin Luther King and Ralph
Abernathy is none other than
Rabbi Abraham Heshel.
But then something happened.
WHAT HAPPENED was the
rise in the civil rights movement
of a new sentiment towards black
nationalism, and the growing in-
fluence of voices like Stokely
Carmichael's who emphasized
letting blacks take control of the
movement. The unfortunate
outgrowth of the rise of black
power was that many of the Jews
who had been active in the
movement suddenly were given a
thank-you and a plane ticket nor-
th. As blacks gained more ex-
perience in the organizing, they
decided they'd rather do it them-
selves.

A few years later came two
unrelated events that gave
American Jews a new orien-
tation. First there was the rise in
Jewish emigration from the
Soviet Union, and the growth of
an outspoken dissident
population in Israel advocating
trade and economic sanctions
against the Kremlin until they
granted freer exit policies for
Jews who wished to leave.
Then in 1967 came the six-day
war, and Jews in this country
almost in unison claimed a new
identity with Israel. The survival
of Israel became then the number
one priority for Jews in this coun-
try, taking precedence over even
domestic civil rights issues.'
Rarely is there ever a conflict'
between the two, but when the
question of Israel's security
comes on a collision course with
the issue of loyalty to blacks-as
it did in the Andrew Young af-
fair-Israel would always come
first.
THUS, WHEN YOUNG -- an
old guard civil rights
worker-broke with official ad-
ministration policy by not holding.
a dialogue with a member of the
hated P.L.O., he violated the

main taboo, it raised a questiop o
Israel's security, and, to J4s
there was no question he ha t
do.
South Africa struggle
To further exaccerbate biacs
Jewish tension has been,"h
recent increase' in Ameri.9a
black identification with blac
liberation struggles in AfriW
Those blacks like Young iiA
Jackson who fought to integiFt
the American south have of la
transplanted that same strugl
to southern Africa, and with t
formation of groups like Tr "
safrica, American blacks are-f
the first time attempting to fiif
an . effective lobby force toi.
fluence U.S. policies on that co
tinent, the same way the powe
ful Jewish lobby has all but-'i
tated U.S. Middle East policy,
ce 1948.
But with Israel maintainhig'
cozy relationship with the vAiit
minority government in Sd
Africa, to the point of ope
selling arms to the South Afrii
regime, American blacks - a
American Jews, each identifyi
with the country of their respec
tive roots, were bound eventull
to wind up on a collision courser
THE ANDY YOUNG affair4i1
be remembered as the episo&
that triggered a split betwe
American blacks and Jews
. destroying one of the oldest C1iA
rights alliances. What the episodE
really only did was publicize and
highlight a relationship that'hif
been tense before the affirmdt4
action debate, before Mr. Bakt
or Mr. Weber.-
Unfortunately, it is mdeh
easier to write in retrospect -da
''single" event that4,
monumental in driving in''th
wedge, the "turning point"n
black.Jewish relations. Wrongly
so, the Young resignation will ,e
referred to in future years as ust
that.

's

estate

he state of world affairs.
s held numerous parties, in-
everal hundred people at a
has used the home in his self-
led role of the nation's elder
an, at the taxpayer's expense.
w there's an effort in the U.S.
o make Nixon pay back the
.ent for the money used to im-
i home in. San Clemente. The
,ted Wednesday to urge Nixon
urse the government for the
that the renovations improved
of the estate.
ason for the long delay in the
ction is that Nixon has recen-
hased a New York City con-
m reportedly worth $750,000.
ier chief executive expects to
re by the end of the year.
oubtful that Nixon-who sup-
suffered enough when Gerald
doned him-will abide by the
resolution. The resolution
carry the force of law and
nothing else the Senate can do
ere's still room for hope that
ll realize the government had
ation to give him the money.
hanged from a withdrawn ex-
t into a man with a new pur-
fe.

is a Daily

Terzi Young

Keith Richburg
Senior Editor.

_ __ ,r~-v

A n ti-abortionists have,

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To the Daily:
According to Marion Halberg
(editorial page, July 17, 1979), it
is now undemocratic to seek a
constitutional amendment to
protect the right to life of the un-
born child. Pro-lifers are said to
be imposing their "religious
doctrine on the American
people" and violating separation
of church and state. By thistype
of rhetoric the pro-abortionists
intended to intimidate into silen-
ce those who dare to speak out
against the infamous Supreme
Court decision of 1973, declaring
that "legal personhood does not
exist prenatally." (This decision
legalized abortion throughout the
nine months prior to birth.) Are
the right to free speech and the
right to lobby for legislation held
only by those who promote per-
missive abortion laws?
To lump the Pro-Life
movement along with the Com-
munist Party and the Ku Klux
Klan is mere hysteria, and to in-
sinuate that opponents of abor-
tion are to be equated with "the
Roman Catholic heirarchy" is
dishonest as well as designed to
appeal to religious bigotry and
Know-Nothingism. The facts are
otherwise. For example, of the
241 votes recently cast in the
House of Representatives in
favor of the restrictive Hyde
amendment, 140 were by
Protestants, only 80 by Catholics,
and 21 by "other". Abortion is
catholic only insofar as it concer-
ns all human beings, since abor-
tion means the destruction of
human life.
Ms. Halberg says that Pro-
Lifers "feel" life begins at fer-
tilization.. We don't "feel"; we
know. It is a scientific fact that a
new and unique human life
begins at conception and is con-
tinuous until death. This is not
evidence based on religious
dogma, but on science. It is a fact
that the intrauterine baby has 46
chromosomes, 23 from the
mother and 23 from the father
from the time of conception. Thus

aborted every year. She wants
control over her own body only to
hand it over to the abortion
racketeers who make millions of
dollars each year exploiting
women, marketing death-on-
demand.
The federal government is now
a partisan to the abortion men-
tality by funneling millions of tax
dollars into Planned Parenthood
aboratoriums and into welfare
abortions, which is proving to be
blatant genocide. Jesse Jackson,
well-known civil rights activist
and president of People United to
Save Humanity, said recently,
"Politicians argue for abortion
largely because they do not want
to spend the necessary money to
feed, clothe, and educate more
people. Here arguments for con-
venience and economic savings
take precedence over arguments
for human value and human
life ... In my mind, serious
moral questions between $300 and
$1,000 to have abortion, but will
not pay $30 for a hot school lunch
program for the already-born
children of these same mothers."
Erma Clardy Craven, black
Chairman of Minneapolis Com-
mission of Human Rights, has
also stated: "In times past, the
Blacks couldn't grow kids fast
enough for their 'masters' to har-
vest; now that power is near, the
'masters' want us to call a
moratorium on having
babies ... the womb of the poor
black woman is seen as the latest
battleground for op-
pression. . . The quality of life
for the poor, the Black, and the
oppressed will not be served by
destroying their children."
This brings me to my final
point: The case of the unwanted
child. Ms. Halberg's compassion
hardly overwh'elms me. She
would rather make a judgment
on the quality of life of another
human being, and have him/her
murdered than improve the
socio-economic conditions into
which this child may be born. I
don't believe any one of us would

Choice involves responsibility.
Let it never again be said that an
unborn baby died by choice.
-Therese Williams
Co-chairman, Right-to-
Life of Washtenaw Co.
South Quad
To the Editor:
This year will be my sixth in
South Quadrangle. During my
years here, I have eaten ap-
proximately 2100 meals served
by real people who have real con-
cern for the residents of this
building and who are trying their
hardest to serve the best food
possible (a real task when ser-
ving over 1300 per meal). These
people are my friends because
they care about me. So next time
you decide to print something like
"worst food on campus" in a
freshman issue of your paper,
please consider my friends and
their efforts. Also, you might

righ tsJ
think about eating here a i
(or at least once) b
publishing groundless eon
clusions; the food is good artdget
ting better every year.
It is easy to criticize someone
performance (as you hav,
shown), but much harder~, Vp
praise it. However, it is yer
unlikely that you will help ma
ters by being critical, especi4ll
when you are untruthful as el
Newspapers have a repp'o
sibility to report and editorializ
but the two should not mix frdl3
Reflecting on reality is the bef
way to report; keep the editorial
where they belong so as not t
confuse your readers.
I request that you print this lel
ter even though you would hav
to do much more than thaf t
make up for the hurt you 'hv
caused the genuinely conceie
and effective kitchen l-rn
Resident) staff of South Quad."
-John Chahbazi
Sout'a Quad resident

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