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THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Sunday, November 22, 1970
Sunday, November 22, 1970
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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guard immediately aims his clothes
.45 at Darryl's head. "Don't "Let's
go reaching in your pocket asked.
like that," he growls. "I'm Nanc
a little jumpy since that is an o
punk ripped us off yester- ents di
day." She wa
"Oh, yeah," Darryl r e - high s
plies. "Which dude." get a c
"That sunuvabitch Three- prude.
Finger Mike. But we got him Wayne
good. We beat the skinny lit- and sc]
tle nigger to an inch of his to live1
life." left he
Darryl pulls out his money and sta
and the guard counts it. The a prost
other guard pulls out a "It's
pouch hidden in his pants. case 1
He takes out one of the big- "MaybE
ger packages and slips it to up in a
Darryl. I die."
Darryl goes into the b e d- The]
room and talks briefly with side h
Frank. Outside, Darryl tells "It's f
me Frank will meet me at It was]
the Canfield Bar the n e x t "Hey
day. bar hei
Back at Stonehead Manor Frank's
Darryl shot up, brimming with degree
exuberance b e c a u s e he said, "I
thought he had a sucker part- next twt
ner who seemed to be really go back
loose with his money. "I know acting
a nice broad you'd like," he Richi
said. lier the
I persuaded Richmond to go a conta
along, because I was still leery ment t
of a setup. We went to h e r had rea
place, a small flat with three son an
beds in three rooms and little Richmc
other furniture. that F,
It was the standard whore- was re;
house. Only one girl was there, with th
Nancy, an emaciated bony girl But t
with a hollow face and b i g mond c
deadened eyes. later,"
Richmond and Darryl split. C'mon 1
started taking off her
but I stopped her.
talk for a minute," I
cy is from Livonia. She
nly child but her par-
dn't have time for her.
s an honors student in
chool but she couldn't
date because she was a
She met a boy from
State. She left home
:ool before graduation
in Detroit with him. He
r. She found heroin,
arted earning money as
just like I'm the classic
history," she giggled.
e somebody'll write me
medical journal when
phone rang in the out-
all. She answered it.
or you," she told me.
, man, I'm over in the
re on Trumbull. A n d
giving me the third-
about you." Richmond
f I don't call you in the
vo hours you better not
to the apartment. He's
mond had told me ear-
at Frank checked with
ct in the police depart-
o find out if Richmond
ally been in federal pri-
d had seaman's papers.
and was convinced
rank had found out I
gistered as a reporter
e police department.
the crisis passed. Rich-
alled me back an hour
I think it's cool now.
WOMM --- OM
Sa* * smoke more dope
on Moroccan soil, clearly over the border. I now suspect he hadn't under-
stood a word I had said (my French is rather spotty), and would never
have passed me if he had. Very few long-hairs ask to have their Moroccan
entry stamps invalidated.
While waiting for my English companions on the other side of the
border, I noticed a grey Volkswagen with Danish license plates waiting
on the Ceuta side. I later learned that the six inhabitants had been
sitting there for over an hour trying to decide whether to submit to hair-
cuts. They had driven the length of Europe to come to Morocco and only
one of them finally relented to the scissors. The rest d r o v e back, pre-
sumably to where they'd come from.
Why do travelers with long hair go to such lengths to avoid haircuts?
Some say its "the principle of the thing," which may actually be stub-
borness, pride or rebellion. Another is the very practical fact that a good
head of hair often takes months and years to grow, and many don't
consider a few days in any country worth the sacrifice. But the most
important reason seems to be the extent to which long hair has become
a unifying factor, a symbol of identity, to youthful travelers all over the
Long-hairs soon learn that. they can usually depend on each other when
they're on the road or need a place to sleep or eat, and although their
appearance undoubtedly costs some rides while hitchhiking, it invariably
leads to others. Long hair is not always a good clue to beliefs or character
and it may or may not mean the person digs drugs, but it generally indi-
cates a certain life-style different from those who travel first class and who
might not appreciate the beauties of crashing on a beach or having a
drink with the locals instead of in the Hilton bar.
What does Morocco hope to gain from its crackdown on hair? Most
of the victims, both American and European, seem convinced that the
United States government is behind it, hoping it will decrease the drug
traffic to the States. America has volunteered notably little help to
any of its citizens involved in a drug case in a foreign country. In
Spain and Morocco alone several hundred Americans are now serving long
prison terms on drug charges, and conditions in both countries' jails are
often abominable. And though Morocco is busy arresting Americans and
Europeans for possession of hashish and kif, its own citizens smoke them
openly, I saw both drugs smoked in sidewalk cafes, even on sidewalks, by
Moroccans in Tangier and Marrakech, with no apparent fear of the
police. And I have seen long-haired Americans arrested and jailed merely
on "suspicion" of possession - that is, because they had long hair.
Morocco's drug crackdown seems aimed almost entirely at "undesirable"
foreigners, and not its own citizens - who apparently use drugs as cas-
ually as Americans drinkalcohol in our culture.
But the long-hairs also have their methods of retribution. As one
sheared man said at the border: "I sure fooled them. They may not know
it, but with short hair I can smoke just as much dope as I could with long.
In fact, in memory of my hair, I plan to smoke twice as much."
- JJ J
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