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Saturday, June 1, 1974

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Five

Saturday, June 1, 1974 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page FIve

daily
dialogue
op/ed
(Continued arom Page 4)
denced by such local groups as
the Women's Crisis Center of
Ann Arbor, and by the individ-
ual women who are its leaders
and spokespersons.
Unabashedly, Ms. Jan Ben-
Dor and her companions stand
before legislative bodies and
maintain that they are concern-
ed about the well-being of poor,
black women who are victims of
rape, while, in their own homes,
this same peer group of middle-
class, university-educated wo-
men actively oppresses . the
very women Ms. BenDor claims
to be defending.
FURTHERMORE, it is a rac-
ist mentality which assumes
that black and poor people can-
not plan and implement their
own solutions to the problems
in their community. Indeed, I
see no black or poor women
calling for the imprisonment of

more people as a solution to
rape. Rather, women and men
working together are success-
fully changing the economic and
physical maladies that have
long plagued their community.
White women are not doing
this. Those at the Women's
Crisis Center are doing nothing
to bring about the economic
self - development of women.
They are taking a psychological
approach to a problem that is
essentially economic and en-
vironmental. Women may shout
"male chauvinism" as long as
they want, but until they can
design, build, and control new
physical structures as well as
create and determine new cul-
tural images, they can do noth-
ing to prevent women from hav-
ing to assimilate into the pres-
ent systems which are destruc-
tive to them as people.
THE SITUATION of domestic
workers exposes "sisterhood"
for the lie it is. There will be no
sisterhood until white, profes-
sional women stop exploiting
and start helping black, brown,
and poor white women. This
means being able to generate
well - paying employment. It
means developing the resources
to enable people to redesign and
rebuild their communities.
Unfortunately the women at
the Women's Crisis Center show
no interest in developing these
resources; they are content to
remain a referral agency. Rac-
ist women have no desire to
change things for anyone but
themselves, and don't even care
whom they injure in so-doing.
The reality is that those with

a limited scope cannot imple-
ment economic self - develop-
ment. But as long as women
fail to do this, they will remain
racist as well as totally inef-
fective in making positive
change.
-Eileen Scheff
May 27
due process
To The Daily:
SINCE EVERYONE seems to
feel themselves an authority on
Watergate, let me add my two
cents.
The stance of the press in
general and of this school pa-
per in particular - in its edi-
torials, and biased selection of
syndicated columns - strikes
me as childish and scapegoatish
in the extreme.
I don't care if Richard Nix-
on is Caligula reincarnate, the
guy is entitled to due process.
What kind of precedent would
it be if you could get the Presi-
dent of the United States to re-
sign just because you don't like
him any more? That's point
one.
Point two is that whatever
sort of personality conflict may
exist between Nixon and a pos-
sible majority of this country,
he is clearly not a simple man,
to be summed up by the sort of
cartoon caricatures the Daily
is fond of printing. Remember
the detente with Red China, and
Russia, if nothing else. If Nixon
has been somewhat less spec-
tacular in domestic affairs, it is
just possible that - in this age
of imminent world annihilation,
and with the United States still

far and away the most affluent
nation on earth - it is a matter
of priorities. If anyone thinks
these accomplishments trivial,
let them ask themselves why
they didn't come about sooner,
and what might have been our
future if they didn't come when
they did.
I DON'T WANT to defend
Nixon. What I want is to stop
reading this garbage where ev-
eryone and his uncle has found
a scapegoat to pour his frus-
trations on. It seems it would
take a mongoloid idiot not to
recognize the rational basis of
"executive privilege" which
Nixon is trying to defend. If
there is something of which he
is otherwise guilty, let the
courts find a way of proving this
without sacrificing the former.
Nixon has himself been much
more cooperative in indicating
the way to workable compro-
mises in this conflict than ei-
ther Congress or the Courts,
who seem bent on throwing out
the baby with the bathwater.
This is poor recommendation,
then, for the recent suggestion
(N.Y. Times, May 27, 1974) by

Chesterfield Smith, President of
the American Bar Association,
that Nixon repent and acknow-
ledge himself but a poor hu-
man, like himself subject to a
higher law; viz., the Supreme
Court,
If the law were something
presented to us from on high,
and were in fact as sensitive
and discriminatory as to de-
serve the reverence Mr. Smith
would like, this might not be a
bad idea. But in actuality, it
boils down to who is going to
have the ultimate authority on
presidential policy - the Su-
preme Court judges, or the
President himself. In view of
recent behavior, there's little to
recommend the former, at least.
IT SEEMS dLEAR that there
is a larger issue of defining and
limiting executive privilege,
which is being avoided. I don't
think this is a simple problem;
but I wouldn't suppose it was
unsolvable. But apparently,
there are not presently enough
brains in the legal world to
figure it out.
-Aaron Corbet, '74
May 27

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