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Author of Bloods to
BY DONNA IADIPAOLO
[Hanoi Helen] was saying, "Soul brothers,
go home. Whitey raping your mother and your
daughters, burning down your home. What you
over here for? This is not your war. The war is
a trick of the Capitalist empire to get rid of the
Blacks." I really thought -I really started be-
lieving it, because it was too many Blacks
than there should be in infantry.
- Richard J. Ford III, 25th Infantry
Division, excerped from Bloods.
While some avoided ~onnecting the Viet-
nam War and the Civil Rights movement,
others, like author Wallace Terry, pursued it.
In 1967, Terry, then a Time magazine cor-
respondent, flew to Saigon to investigate the
role of Black soldiers by interviewing men
such as Ford. After spending two years talking
with sailors, fliers, Marines, and commanding
officers, Terry uncovered the racial horrors of
America's longest war.
His findings produced a compelling book
- and so many memories that for five years
he needed sedatives to sleep at night.
Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam
War by Black Veterans - is the powerful re-
sult of Terry's dedication. Terry will discuss
his book tonight at the Residential College
The testimonies within his novel go be-
yond the mere heading of "old war stories."
Bloods, while remaining sensitive to the
veterans' emotional dilemmas, presents a crit-
ical analysis of a war that affected millions.
As Terry states in his foreword: "those for
whom the war had a devastating impact, and
those for whom the war was basically an op-
portunity to advance in a career dedicated to
protecting American interests."
The novel presents the accounts of Black
men involved in a war which inflicted pain on
the Vietnamese villagers, as well as U.S.
Yet it was these same soldiers which Terry
presents who chose not to overlook the painful
discrimination, cross-burnings, and Confederate
flags by their "white comrades."
"They called for unity among Black broth-
ers on the battlefield to protest these indigni-
ties and provide mutual support," writes Terry.
"And they called themselves 'Bloods"'
In the post-Vietnam era, Terry points out,
unemployment among Black veterans is more
than double the rate of white veterans.
Almost 60,000 Americans died in the war,
and 223 million don't know why, according to
Is there anything to be learned from their
sacrifice? Did any good come out of Vietnam?
Can we believe movies like Rambo, Apoca-
lypse Now, and The Deer Hunter? Will
Nicaragua become another Vietnam? South
Terry will discuss the answers to these
questions tonight at 7 p.m. at the RC Aud., in
his lecture and slide show "BLOODS: The
American Experience in Vietnam". Admission
"Fast Eddie" Wright, Wallace Terry the
author of Bloods, and Steve Howard before a
Cobra helicopter at Bien Hoa. Airbase,
South Vietnam, 1969.
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is to prepare for what's beyond a
student's four year experience," she
"We live in a country where
racism is at the heart of a lot of what
we do. To have students not
intellectually take a look at that is to
be remiss in our responsibility,"
"Eunice has an unusually keen
sense of the whole experience of
students," said Provost and Vice
President for Academic Affairs
Charles Vest. "She is concerned with
how to tie academics with the rest of
a person's life."
As an undergraduate in the early
1970s, Royster was involved in the
Black Action Movement and worked
in residential housing government
activities. Royster served as a Resi-
dent Advisor at Bursley, and later
went on to be Resident Director.
"When I attended U-M, faculty
involvement, a sense of community
and being active in student govern-
ment was important," Royster said.
"Students don't need the kind of
environment where they have to
stand in long CRISP lines, or feel
like they are a number," she said.
"We have to do a lot of listening
about the student experience and find
out what's working and what's not."
Royster does not want the Uni-
versity to run "like it exists, to do
major research," but to allow each
student to excel academically.
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The federal court ruling resulted
from a class action lawsuit filed by
Bernardo Perez, a former high-rank-
ing agent at the FBI.
Of the 440 Hispanic agents in the.
FBI, 370 had discriminatory com-
plaints which resulted in the court
ruling last August. The ruling found
the FBI was discriminating against
Hispanic agents in the assignment
and promotion areas.
"(We as) the number two law
school in the nation have to take re-
sponsibility," said Kevin McClana-
han, a BLSA member. "Yale has
banned FBI recruiting also."
Last Fall, many student groups
protested an impending recruiting
visit by the FBI, and the Bureau
ended up cancelling the planned
The FBI will only be allowed to
recruit again after their year suspen-
sion and a submition of a letter of-
fice of to the placement office, out-
lining the remedial steps taken by
The current Law School policy
does not include suspending organi-
zations from recruiting unless the
discrimination occurs within the
But McClanahan said the decision
to bar the FBI from recruiting on
campus resulted from the judicial
decision, not discrimination against
a law student.
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Gov. risks losing votes for
omitting poor, legislators say
LANSING - Gov. James Blanchard didn't address the problems of
low-income families in his State of the State address and risks losing the
support of Black voters if he doesn't include them in his agenda, Black
legislative leaders said yesterday.
"We haven't heard a coordinated urban strategy designed to deal with
education, designed to deal with the need for jobs besides minimum wage
jobs, designed to move our kids into the economic mainstream of this
society," said Senator Virgil Smith, Jr., (D-Detroit).
Smith and other members of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus
said Blanchard's call for a review of civil rights laws was an inadequate
response to the problem of Blacks.
Smith said Blacks have voted 90 percent Democratic. "As to whether
our loyalty is always being rewarded, I'm not sure that is the case, and the
lack of a comprehensive urban strategy speaks to that concern," he said.
Study finds women poorer
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - The wage gap between women and men
is rapidly narrowing, but an increasing percentage of the poor are women,
according to a Rand Corporation study.
Poverty was "sex neutral" in 1940, when more than 90 percent of all
families included a husband and wife. But by 1980, 62 percent of poor
adults were women, the study said.
"With the rising incidence of unwed parenting and divorce, the friction
of female-headed families rose and did so at an accelerated rate after 1960.
By 1980, women headed almost one in seven families, almost 70 percent
more than in 1960. The problem has reached epidemic proportions among
Blacks, where now more than four out of every 10 families are headed by
women," te authors said.
The study, by economists James P. Smith and Michael Ward, surveyed
wages and skill levels in American women since 1920.
Antarctic holes may vent C02
NEW YORK - Mysterious holes that periodically form in the ice-
covered Antarctic seas may serve as vents for excess heat and trapped gas,
helping to shape the Earth's climate and influencing the "greenhouse ef-
These ice-free regions, some as large as France, were discovered in
1974, when scientists began examining new satellite images of Antarctica
and the frozen ocean encircling it.
Scientists don't know if the holes, called polynyas (pa-lean-yah), ex-
isted before then or how frequently they develop in the vast ice cover.
Some oceanographers believe the polynyas might vent carbon dioxide
that comes from decaying fish and plants, and therefore, may have the
same effect on the atmosphere as the burning of fossil fuels.
Former Nazi soldier says
German youth aren't guilty
CHAM, West Germany - Former Nazi soldier Franz Schoenhuber,
who leads a Republican Party that has surged in national polls, told more
than 5,000 cheering supporters yesterday that young Germans bear no
guilt for Hitler's extermination of 6 million Jews.
Schoenhuber criticized the president of the nation's Jewish community
and said the European Economic Community was detrimental to German
"Today's young generation of Germans is no more guilty for
Auschwitz than the sons and daughters of Americans who committed
genocide at Hiroshima and Nagasaki," said Schoenhuber.
Schoenhuber said one of his goals is unifying West Germany with the
communist East and making Berlin the nation's capital again.
A poll released last week by the Wickert Institute said the party,
founded in 1983, would get 11.5 percent of the West Berlin vote if na-
tional elections were held now.
Newspaper obituary page
informs man of his death
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Edwin Konopacki was scanning the obituary
section of a newspaper when he found himself among the dear departed.
"I called the funeral home and said, 'What gives? I may look dead but
I'm alive,"' Konopacki said Tuesday. "I'm in good health, except I have
to take three pills a day for my gout."
He telephoned the publisher of Milwaukee's two daily newspapers,
where the notice appeared Monday.
The newspapers alerted the funeral home that had placed the death no-
tice in the papers, and the investigation began.
The case of mistaken identity started when a man collapsed on a street.
A Medicare card and an insurance company letter addressed to
Konopacki were found on the man, Konopacki said, adding that no expla-
nation had been found for why he had the materials.
A nephew and a woman who has known Konopacki for a number of
years went to the hospital and identified the man as Konopacki.
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