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Prof. urges fight

against
BY STEVEN FELDMAN
People should revise their own
goals and work to rid the University
of institutional racism, long-time
civil rights activist Vincent Harding
told a crowd of more than 100 last
night.
Harding, speaking in Hale Audi-
torium at the Business School, said
the demands campus activists are
making to hire more minority fac-
ulty and admit more minority stu-
dents must be directed at them-
selves.
"When we are regularly visited
by the recruiters after our B.A. and
are promised $35,000 a year, a
company car, and three credit-cards,
how can we get out Ph.D.s that
way?"
Harding said that Blacks are run-
ning away from the problem by not
staying in school, and must work
to help and encourage children in
poverty.'
"Where do we expect all these
minority students to come from?"
Harding said. "Don't expect the
Provost to go out and look for
them."
Harding began his talk by dis-
cussing recent statements made by
students and faculty about the
University. Harding specifically
stated how former LSA Dean Peter
Steiner's comments last year
exemplified how institutiona]

racism
racism can be perpetuated. Harding
said Steiner's statements essentially
meant, "I will bring in some new
folks as long as those new folks
know their place."
"When the University is at its
best, it will respect people who
come here with their own agenda,"
he said.
In reflecting on the civil rights
movement, Harding likened the
movement to a struggle for Blacks
to claim a seat on a bus while
fighting the bus owners, bus
drivers, and passengers. Harding
said, "We've finally earned the right
to take a seat. Now we are flop-
ping down, looking up, and asking,
'where the hell is this bus going,
anyway?"'
Dr. Harding, currently a profes-
sor of Religion and Social
Transformation at the Iliff School
of Theology in Denver, worked in
the southern Civil Rights move-
ment in the early 1960s with Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. He was also
r an advisor for "Eyes on the Prize,"
a PBS documentary on the civil
rights movement.
The speech was sponsored in part
by the Guild House, United Coali-
tion Against Racism, the Center for
Afroamerican and African Studies
r and the Office of Ethics and Reli-
t gion.

The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 11, 1988 - Page 5
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Vincent Harding speaks about the i
activism in the '80s.

BY KRISTINE LALONDE
A party vying for seats in the
Michigan Student Assembly said
members of the assembly's Student
. Rights Committee covered its cam-
paign posters to aid a competing
party.
The party, Centerpoint, filed a
complaint against the committee for
alleged election code violations with
the Central Student Judiciary yester-
day.
Centerpoint said their campaign
posters were covered with Student
Rights Committee recruiting
posters, which are similar to posters
for the Student Rights Party.
Posters for the committee say "Stop
deputization," while the party
posters say "Fight deputization."
Under MSA election guidelines,
committees are forbidden to cam-
paign for or endorse a party or indi-
vidual.
"It seems to me that this is a way
of keeping Centerpoint from cam-
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importance of Black youth paigning as well as we can, said
Centerpoint member Karen Lib-
ertiny.
But Julie Murray, chair of the
Student Rights Committee, said,
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"Where does it say that Centerpoint
has cornered the market on free
speech? Murray acknowledged that,
in the past, she has covered other
posters with her committee's
posters.
Murray said the committee has
not broken any election rules and
has not endorsed any party. Some
members of the committee, how-,
ever, also belong to the party of the
same name. "Whatever Student
Rights party does is their business,,
she said.
Murray is the defendant in the:
case and may be fined] up to $60 if
the judiciary decides in favor of
Centerpoint.
Student Rights Party member.
Nick Mavrick said students involved
in both the committee and the party.
have been careful to avoid conflicts,
of interest. "I think it's
[Centerpoint's claim] totally false',,
he said.
The Central Student Judiciary.
will review the complaint before the
election next week. The complaint
lists three alleged MSA election
code violations: campaigning by
MSA, identification of campaign
materials, and destruction of posters,,
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