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Page Ten

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Thursday, October 17, 1974

Page Ten THE MiCHIGAN DAILY

ROLE REVERSAL SITUATION
Black clericals focus on
discrimination in slide show

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By SUANNE TIBER1O
A group of black .secretaries
are hoping to focus attention on
race relations and the need for
increased understanding through
an original slide show entitled,
"One of Them."
Beulah Harlem and Mabel
Black are the leading charac-
ters in the half-hour production
which follows the activities of
a white secretary coping with
her first day in a new job. All
her co-workers are black.
THE ROLERREVERSAL
situation, with Mable the minor-
ity. person, dramatizes the cal-
lous insensitivity surrounding
the typical remarks regarding:
cars, hair, and rhythm.
Francis Ingram,. the secre-
tary who helpedcreate the slide
show and plays the part of
Beulah, is hoping to use the
show to sensitize bureaucrats to
the problems of minority work-
ers.
"If these people have notl
hired a black or if they plan
on it in the future, I think they
should be aware of how we
feel." she commented.
"ONE OF THEM" was pro-E
dced by the Black Secretarial
Clerical Committee, of which
Ingram is the Chairwoman.
"We have.organized and gone
to several University seminars
and clerical workshops," she
explained, "one of which was
the Inter-Personal Relationships
seminar."
At this meeting, Ingram said
the problems minorities were
having in office situations
were brought up, and 'conse-
quently denied by the rest of
the people in attendance.
TO EFFECTIVELY d r a w
attention to the committee's
point, the black secretaries de-
cided to produce a slide show.
"We've shown it to the black
secretarial staff," said Ingram,
"and they thought it was a real-
ly good presentation, not be--
cause blacks did it, but because
it was saying something that
they all felt."
Ingram hopes that if people

are made aware of what the
present racial situation is, may-
be "the next time they will
think twice" before blurting out
insensitive remarks.
"In this day and age, with
blacks in movies and on televi-
sion, there is no excuse for a
person to use me as their gui-
nea pig to find out things that
they never knew about a
black," she continued. "It
makes me uncomfortable and I
think it makes others uncom-

fortable too."
WHILE THE presentation's
previous showings have been
limited to staff members and
various commissions, it is
gradually gaining popularity. In
the future, it will be shown to
the general public, free of
charge.
"All blacks in all positions
can identify with the show,
Ingram said, because it (dis-
crimination) is happening all
over."

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Michigan!~

Ford stumps for
GOP in midwest

SIOUX FALLS, S. D. (A') -'
President Ford, mounting a po-
litical rescue mission for em-
battled Republican candidates
in the Midwest, warned yester-
day that sweeping Democratic
victories in next month's elec-
tion would produce "a legisla-
tive dictatorship."
Seeking support for his eco-
nomic programs, the President
declared that Republican can-
didates were needed in Con-
gress as "inflation fighters"
that would help curb big gov-
ernment and deficit spending.
OPENING A FOUR - STATE
campaign swing at a breakfast
in Kansas City, Ford called on
Republicans to mount "a mas-
sive effort" in the closing days
of the election campaign and
warned that a Democratic land-
slide would give the opposition
party a "veto-proof Congress"
able to pass measures he re-
jects.
"If you have a veto-proof
Congress, in effect you have
one branch of the government
dictating to another," Ford
said.
"Americans don't like dicta-
torships," he added.
HE THEN SET off for South
Dakota, Nebraska and Indiana
on his heaviest schedule of

politics so far this year, prais-
ing incumbent Republican con-
gressmen facing stiff challenges
and seeking to boost underdog
Republican candidates for sen-
ator and governor.
In Missouri, South Dakota
and Indiana, Republican chal-
lengers are trailing Democratic
Sens. Thomas Eagleton, George
McGovern and Birch Bayh who
is opposed by Richard Lugar,
mayor of Indianapolis.
In South Dakota, GOP Hope-
ful John Olson is believed far
behind Gov. Richard Kneip, and
Republican candidate Richard
Marvel is also thought to be
trailing Democratic Gov. James
Exon of Nebraska.I
FORD THREW away most
of a prepared speech, including
a portion praising Missouri Re-
publican S e n a t e candidate
Thomas Curtis for his warnings
while a House member that
budget busting by Democrats
would produce "inflation that
would curl our hair."
He criticized congressional ef-
forts to cut off aid to Turkey,
blocked Tuesday in the House,
as an action that would have
done more than any in recent
times to undercut this nation's
30-year-old bipartisan approach
to foreign policy.

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