Malcolm X recalled
BY MICAH SCHMIT
Last night, on the 24th
anniversary of the assassination of
Black civil rights activist
Malcolm X, more than 100
people gathered in the Michigan
Union's Anderson Room to listen
to his older brother, Wilford
Little, speak about Malcolm X.
"We have everything we need
to make heaven on Earth. Instead,
we make a hell out of it. We want
heaven for ourselves and hell for
everybody else," Little said. "We
are trapped with each other and we
have to learn to get along."
Little explained that Malcolm
X had defiantly changed his last
name from Little, which was the
surname of their ancestors' last
slave owner, to the letter "X."
With this change, he was
demonstrating that he had no
known family name.
Little said it troubled him that
Malcolm X was often portrayed as
a "radical, rebel-rouser." Because
of this, Little insists on showing
films featuring Malcolm X before
speaking so people can judge who
Malcolm X was for themselves.
Two films were shown, both
from the year 1964, "when
Malcolm X was most developed,"
said Paul Lee, ,who has been
studying Malcolm X for the past
14 years. Little said he considers
Lee, who also spoke briefly last
night, to be the most
knowledgeable person on his
brother - family included.
In the first film, depicting a
speech in Paris, Malcolm X
questioned the rationale of passive
resistance, while defending the
more militant approaches to civil
equality and denouncing the
"passive, non-violent coward who
hides behind religion."
The second film captured the
prestigious Oxford Union Society
Debate in 1964 and is also
considered one of Malcolm X's
In the debate, which he lost 2-
1, Macolm X defended the notion
of "extremism" in civil protest.
"Extremism in defense of liberty
is no vice. (But) a moderate in
pursuit of justice is a sinner."
In support of this, Malcolm X
asked the audience to recall
Patrick Henry, who uttered the
famous quote:."Give me Liberty
or give me death."
Malcolm X criticized the U.S.
for preaching integration, yet
practicing segregation. "I have
much more respect for a man that
lets me know where he stands
even if he is wrong," he said.
Malcolm X cited the practice
of the South African government
that preaches and practices
In response to an audience
member's question, "Where are
we now?" Little was optimistic.
"Things will turn out better all
around," he said, calling on the
young people present to make
this place a heaven.
The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, February 22, 1989 - Page 3
talks to Soc.
BY JONATHAN SCOTT
University President James Duderstadt yesterday
explained his "vision for the future" to 250 students in
Sociology 395, Undergraduate Sociology Seminar.
After explaining the direction the University will
take in the future, Duderstadt answered a range of
questions from the students, some of whom questioned
the Michigan Mandate, Duderstadt's plan to increase
minority recruitment on campus.
Duderstadt said his administration is aware of three
national trends that are "hard to deny."
First, the United States' changing demographics;
second, the "globalization of American life"; and third,
a shift from resource- oriented industries to knowledge-
Wilfred Little, Malcolm X's brother, speaks yesterday at the Michig
INS sets up tents at processing cent(
He said the University must provide a model for
other universities to follow in terms of the way the
three national trends are incorporated into university
scholarship and campus life.
The mandate is the model other universities will
soon emulate, he said.
Several students questioned Duderstadt on the
University's recent rejection of a Black professor for a
tenured-track position in the Sociology Department
and Program in Women's Studies. The Black candidate
was rejected by the LSA Executive Committee despite-.
the unanimous recommendation of two search"
Students asked why he did not intervene in the
hiring process when it seemed clear the Mandate's.'
promises were being ignored.
LINDSAY MORRIS/Daily . Duderstadt said that although he is ultimately
gan Union. responsible for the Mandate's progress, he cannot
interfere in individual cases.
Students responded by asking what credence the
Mandate should receive if the president is unable to
~ r ensure qualified minorities are hired.
"I actually have no power at all," Duderstadt said.
"My only real power is my ability to talk to people
ere subject to arrest and encourage them to arrive at the direction I'm
Luis Vasquez from The seriousness of the question-and-answer period
I take his chances was interrupted when one of students asked what the
president does for fun.
ua," said Manuela Duderstadt said he hasn't thought much about
ig about conditions having fun, but said he works out three times a week
at 5:00 a.m. with the Marine ROTC unit on campus.
lity generally paid Another student asked the president if he thought
an a fast across the Western culture is being threatened by the movement
w procedures. to change university curriculums across the country.
e Roman Catholic Duderstadt said that the movement is an important
would remain here one, saying an emphasis on "Eastern and Third World
efugee status to cultures" is clearly needed.
BAKER - MANDELA CENTER
FOR ANTI-RACIST EDUCATION:
OPEN HOUSE & FUNDRAISER
BAYVIEW, Texas (AP) - The Immigration and
Naturalization Service yesterday began erecting tents
inside the fence of a minimum-security prison under a
plan to speed up processing of aliens and jail those
denied political asylum.
The Catholic Bishops of Texas charged that they
foresaw "the creation of the largest concentration camp
on U.S. soil since the incarceration of Japanese-
Americans during World War II - a shameful page in
State Department officials began making
recommendations on asylum applications here under a
plan announced Monday to deal with an influx of
Central American immigrants and speed up the weeding
out of "frivolous" claims.
Under the plan, applicants will get an answer as early-
as the same day and will be subject to immediate arrest
and detention if denied asylum.
The Texas Catholic Conference said the new policy
"ignores the facts of life in Central America that are
causing the massive influx of refugees to our country."
"The INS statement speaks of 'frivolous'
applications. Apparently any applications by people
who have suffered dreadfully from civil war are
frivolous," it said. "Obviously we are about to witness
the creation of the largest concentration camp on U.S.
soil since the incarceration of Japanese-Americans
during World War II - a shameful page in our history."
Many of the applicants showing up at the center
yesterday were unaware that they we
if their cases were denied.
"We didn't know about it," said L
El Salvador, adding that he would
"I just can't go back to Nicarag
Diaz, who started crying while talkir
in her homeland.
The applicants entering the faci]
little attention to six people who beg
road from the center to protest the new
The three Salvadorans and -thre
nuns from South Texas said they w
until the government granted r
Salvadorans and halted military aid to
Judge rules homicide law unconstitutional
GRAND RAPIDS (AP) - A
ruling by a Kent County circuit
judge that the state's negligent
homicide law is unconstitutional has
unsettled prosecutors and angered
relatives of victims killed in car
Judge Robert Benson dismissed
charges against two people accused
in fatal crashes, saying the 1927
ruling violates due process by im-
posing criminal penalties for a civil
The ruling is only binding on lo-
cal authorities arguing cases in Ben-
son's courtroom. The statute would
be overturned statewide if appealed
and upheld by higher courts.
"We've got to get some kind of
clarification from the Court of Ap-
peals as to where we stand," Kent
County prosecutor William Forsyth
said yesterday, adding he planned to
appeal Thursday's ruling.
However, David Schieber, the as-
sistant prosecutor who handles neg-
ligent homicide cases for Kent
County, said he favored a change.
"I think Benson made a good de-
cision, and I don't think we're going
to get a better law from the Legisla-
ture until this one is thrown out," he
The maximum penalty for negli-
gent homicide is a two-year sen-
Forsyth said until there was a
ruling on an appeal, a process he
said would take at least six months,
all pending cases will be adjourned.
He estimated five to 10 people are
awaiting trial on negligent homicide
charges in Kent County Circuit
Benson said the law, enacted
when the use of vehicles was rapidly
expanding, was obsolete.
He said the state currently has
enforcement agencies to closely
monitor and regulate those drivers
whose habits or lack of ability con-
stitute a danger to society."
WED. FEB. 22, 6PM
Rm. 3 E. Engineering
What's happening in Ann Arbor today
"Serbian Nationalism and the Fu-
ture of Yugoslavia" - Prof.
William Zimmerman, Lane Hall
Commons, 12 noon. Brown Bag
"Brownian Motion, Martingales,
and Laws of the Iterated Loga-
rithm for Harmonic Functions" -
Prof. Rodrigo Banuelos, Purdue
University, 3201 Angell Hall, 4:10
pm. Coffee hour at 3:30 pm in
3212 Angell Hall.
"Friendships in the U.S. and in
Other. Places" - International
Center, 12 noon-1 pm. Brown Bag
"Health Care For All: Four Per-
spectives on Health Care Delivery
in the U.S." - Panel Discussion,
School of Public Health Profs.,
3001 School of Public Health I, 12
"Lesbians, Gay Men & Christian-
ity" - Richard Cleaver, Canter-
bury House, 7:30 pm.
U of M Students of Objectivism
Business Meeting - Dominick's
Restaurant, 812 Monroe St., 7:30
U of M Archery Club - Coliseum,
8-10 pm. Info: 764-4084.
Study Abroad Workshop - Inter-
national Center, 4-5 pm.
UMASC Weekly Meeting - 2439
Mason Hall, 5 pm.
Ann Arbor Coalition Against Rape
- Community Access, 2nd floor,
7-8:30 pm. For 10th Annual "Take
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U of M Fencing Club - Sports
Coliseum, 6-8 pm.
U of M Taekwondo Club - 2275
CCRB, 6:30-8:15 pm.
Indian and Pakistani-American
Students' Council - 2203 Michi-
gan Union, 6:30 pm.
WAND - 2209 Michigan Union, 7
English Peer Counseling - 4000A
Michigan Union, 7-9 pm. English
related questions and help with
Northwalk - Sun-Thur, 9 pm-1
am. Call 763-WALK or stop by
Safewalk - Sun-Thur, 8 pm-1:30
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Peer Writing Tutors - 611
Church St. Computing Center, 7-
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Readings of Satanic Verses - By
'U' Profs. and Local Booksellers,
Rackham Lecture Hall, 3 pm.
Impact Dance Theatre - Work-
shops for non-dance majors,
Michigan Union Ballroom, 9 pm.
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