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rquirement should apply to all stu-
deli)ts because the issues and prob-
lems it address concerns all students.
"Our (the Railton) proposal is not
penance for past sins. It is an affir-
mation that the central activity of a
university, the enlargement of
knowledge through scholarship and
teaching, is till a central part of is
contribution to meeting the respon-
sibilities it has to its own students
,ojd faculty, and to the society at
-Wge," others said in a different
The revised Railton proposal re-
quires a three or four credit class to
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be taken concerning race, ethinicity,
and racism. The courses in the Rail-
ton proposal must provide at least
one credit-hour of discussion and
satisfy three of the six criteria, in-
-Critical analysis of the concept
of race, ethinicity, and racism;
-Description of historical and
contemporary forms of racial dis-
crimination and inequality;
-Analysis of discrimination
against women and other forms of
discrimination, such as anti-
Semitism; noting parallels and con-
trasts between these forms of dis-
crimination and racism;
-Examination of competing ex-
planations of the origins and persis-
tence of the inequalities associated
with racial and ethnic social cate-
-Exposure through literature or
other means to the experiences of
peoples of color in this country; and
-Discussion of the ways in which
students encounter racism and ethnic
discrimination and their effects vari-
ous spheres of their lives, and of
how change can be brought about.
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OFFICE OF MINORITY AFFAIRS PRESENTS
DR. HARRY EDWARDS
Professor of Sociology
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BY ANN MAURER
Asian American students will
have to be diligent in their quest for
national acceptance as a minority
yesterday at the Michigan Union,
journalist Helen Xia implored.
Xia, whose speech was spon-
sored by the University of Michigan
Asian Student Coalition, focused her
discussion on the 1982 murder in
Detroit of Vincent Chin, a Chinese
man. Chin was harassed for being
Japanese, then chased and beaten to
death with, a baseball bat by two
white men. The men were sentenced
to three years probation and a $3,000
fine. The judge, Charles Kaufman,
justified the sentence by saying that
the sentence should fit the criminal,
not the crime.
Asian Americans across the
country were outraged by the le-
niency. In response to the outpour-
ing of interest and concern, an orga-
nization was formed to centralize the
protests.iCalled American Citizens
for Justice (ACJ), the group insti-
tuted a national fund-raising cam-
paign to support their court appeal
of the case. "Our immediate goal
was to impact the legal system,"
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ACJ won their day in court, but
were not able to overturn the deci-
sion. As a last measure, they asked
that the two men not be tried with
the murder of Chin, but instead with
violating his civil rights. One of
the assailants, who was heard shout-
ing racial slurs at Chin, was sen-
tenced to 25 years in prison. The
other was acquitted.
Defense lawyers appealed the ver-
dict, saying it was "tainted by ACJ's
involvement." In 1987 their client
was acquitted, leaving both men free.
Xia said the Chincaseaissignifi-
cant because it created an air of unity
in the previously dispersed Asian
community. "It brought the aware-
ness that Asians have to come to-
gether as a national force," she said.
It also showed that Asians are often
victims of unacknowledged racism,
Following her informal lecture,
Xia discussed current problems
plaguing Asian American students
on campus, offering advice and en-
"We're only at the beginning,"
said Xia. "We're in a state of pre-
paredness. It is up to all of us to
carry forward the movement."
Haiti government foils coup attempt
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - The government said it foiled an
attempt by rebel army officers yesterday to overthrow Lt. Gen Prosper
Avril. U.S. officials said loyal soldiers apparently rescued Avril as he was
being driven away to be deported.
A government communique read over state-run television said "certain
officers besieged" the palace "and attempted to overthrow the
Earlier, sources in Haiti said military commanders had ousted the six-
month-old government. It would have been the third coup in this
Caribbean country in less than a year.
U.S. embassy spokesperson Susan Clvoe said reports indicated the
coup attempt occurred about 4 or 5 a.m. and that Avril was detained for a
"But it appears that when he was being taken to the airport to be
deported... members of the presidential guard arrived at the airport and
escorted him back to the palace to be president again," she said.
SWAPO, police clash in Namibia
WINDHOEK - Territorial police reported killing more than 40
members of the South-West African People's Organization yesterday in
widespread fighting that shattered a cease-fire and threatened to derail
Namibia's day-old transition to independence from South Africa.
South Africa accused the SWAPO of launching the attacks, but
SWAPO said its members were defending themselves.
Since late Friday, the eve of the truce, more than 80 SWAPO
members and four police officers have been killed, said officials from
South Africa, which agreed to give up control of Namibia under a U.N.-
monitored process that began Saturday.
Namibian police said fighting continued into Sunday evening, with
more than 30 confrontations during the day, but no details were released..
Irish prime minister offers Dublin
as site of next U.S.-Soviet summit
SHANNON, Ireland - In a brief stop yesterday en route to Cuba,
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev held a "shamrock and sickle summit"
with Prime Minister Charles Haughey, who suggested the next U.S.-
Soviet summit be held in Ireland.
Gorbachev's stop to the politically neutral country was the first by a
Haughey said he offered Dublin as the site of the next U.S.-Soviet
summit but got no immediate response.
From Ireland, Gorbachev will be in Cuba through Wednesday for
meetings with President Fidel Castro. It is his first oversees trip since a
U.S. visit in December. He then comes back across the Atlantic for a
visit to Britain.
Against the backdrop of Ireland's longstanding neutrality in the East-
West military confrontation, Gorbachev said it was time "to set our
common European house in order," accept the realities of being divided
into separate economic and military blocs, and "play a key role in putting
international relations on a new level."
13 killed in shelling in Beirut
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Shellfire hit Beirut's airport yesterday, and radio
reports said the home of the U.S. ambassador was struck during fierce
duels between Syrian gunners and Christian army units. Police reported
13 people were killed.
Thunderous explosions rocked Beirut in what authorities called the
heaviest artillery duel since renewed fighting in the 14-year-old civil war
erupted March 8.
Syrian and allied Druze gunners poured more than 8,000 rounds, at a
rate of up to 100 per minute, on east Beirut and the Christian suburbs
northeast of the city in 24 hours, a police spokesperson said.
Christian soldiers struck back with 155mm howitzers, firing at least
3,000 rounds on Syrian positions in Moslem West Beirut.
Girl Scouts camp atop skyscraper
NEW YORK (AP) - It wasn't exactly a country outing, but 57 Girl
Scouts went on a camping trip very few people will ever top.
They came out Friday night on the 86th floor of the Empire State
Building and even got a late night visit form movie monster King Kong,
known for his climb up the landmark edifice while it was still the world's
Although a cloudy evening obscured usually spectacular views of
Manhattan, the girls didn't seem to mind as they played games, sang
songs, pledged allegiance to the flag and recited the Girl Scout promise.
And the girls were oblivious to the rainy, busy streets 1,050 feet
below as they arranged sleeping bags and blankets for the night.
The idea to camp out high in the Empire State Building was the idea
of the Rev. Frank Rafter, the unofficial chaplain of the Empire State
Building. The nearest campground for Girl Scouts, he said, are in New
Jersey and the city's Staten Island borough; so he approached the
building's officials, who agreed to yearly outings for Boy Scouts and Girl
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