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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, May 14, 1980-Page 7
Conference decides
black family images
on TV must change

Financier slashes wrists AP
Italian financier Michele Sindona, recently convicted of bankruptcy fraud, is
wheeled into the operating room at New York's Beekman-Downtown Hospital
yesterday after slashing his wrists with a razor blade. Sindona, reported in
"critical, but stable" condition, faces sentencing on the charge tomorrow.
Wipe Anderson off
ballot, GOP says

By MAUREEN FLEMING
Participants in a recent conference
on black families and television agreed
that black artists and writers must be
given more creative input into the
televisiob programming process.
The conference, which drew more'
than 160 persons and was sponsored by
the Bush Program in Child Develop-
ment and Social Policy, was held from
Sunday until yesterday at the Campus
Inn, the Rackham School for Graduate
Studies, and the Michigan League
Ballroom.
CONFERENCE participants were
divided into eight groups, each of which
were assigned topic questions ranging
from "relationships between
knowledge about black families and
television images" to "avenues for
creative change."
Dr. Janice Hale, a group
spokeswoman, said that blacks must
consider the economic/racism
dichotomy, and look at the instances
when these subjects converge. The
television series "Roots" was a prime
example of such an occurrence, she
said.
Roots not only made whites uncom-
fortable, Hale explained, but was also
economically successful. She added
that more of this type of programming
is necessary, and that more research
must be done on how this particular
program and others like it survive in
the network programming process.
ANOTHER GROUP spokeswoman,
Barbara Hannon, said there is a need
for more cooperative ventures between
different minority groups. "Blacks
don't have to carry all the weight," she
added.
Minorities need to utilize the resour-
ces they already have at their disposal,
such as civil rights groups, Hannon con-
tinued. "Everyone should capitalize on
what they know best," she said.
In the short-term, blacks can selec-
tively support different products to
protest poor programming, Hannon
said. She also added that blacks must
make their feelings known to network
executives about programs they are
either satisfied or dissatisfied with.

OSSIE DAVIS, noted actor, writer,
and television and movie director, said
image is an instrument of social con-
trol." He explained that whomever con-
trolled the image controlled the person.
Television in relation to images is
very powerful, Davis continued, and
blacks should look for a clue on
television as to how they are portrayed,
indicating how they will be treated
during an economic pinch.
The current image of blacks on
television, he said, is that they continue
to make babies and load the welfare
rolls. This makes the white society
believe that all blacks are on welfare,
Davis said.
"Power is at the heart of the matter,"
Davis asserted. Blacks should not only
be concerned with the nature of their
image, he continued, but also that their
image isn't controlled by them.
Davis said blacks "are the dwellers
in the land beyond the ten-foot pole."
They deserve a chance to tell their own
story, he said, but don't have the power.
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From AP and UPI
LANSING - The state Republican
party asked the Michigan Court of Ap-
peals yesterday to remove independ nt
presidential candidate John Anderson's
name from the GOP ballot for the May
20 primary election.
The suit challenges the opinion this
week by Attorney General Frank
Kelley that it was too late for Anderson
to have his name removed from the
Republican ballot.
KELLEY SAID that under state law,
March 21 was the deadline to withdraw
from the primary. Anderson withdrew
from the GOP presidential race April
24. Kelley denied he was playing
politics with the issue.
Anderson has qualified for
Michigan's general election primary
Aug. 5 for congressional and state of-
fices. He needs the votes of at least
three-tenths of one per cent of those
voting in August to get his name on the
general election ballot in November.
Anderson supporters are worried that
voters will cast ballots for the Illinois
congressman in the May 20 presidential
primary but not on Aug. 5 - when he
really needs them.
ATTORNEY Robert Henry, who filed
the GOP lawsuit, said Secretary of
State Richard Austin cannot refuse to
order Anderson's name erased from the
ballot, nor does the law allow Anderson
to run in successive elections under dif-
ferent parties. For the August primary,
Anderson is running under the banner
of "The Anderson Coalition."
The GOP was urged to file the suit by
Michigan backers of Republican can-
didate George Bush, who are par-
ticularly anxious to get Anderson off
the ballot, fearing the maverick
Republican will draw votes from their
candidate.
Lorraine Beebe, state coordinator of
the Anderson campaign, pronounced
herself "totally indifferent" to the suit,
although she could not be reached for
cbmment onthe disqualification issue.

"MR. ANDERSON tried to get off the
ballot and it wasn't timely," she said.
Anderson - before his campaign for
the Republican nomination sputtered -
had filed asa candidate in the Michigan
primary.
After launching his independent
quest, the moderate lawmaker tried to
revoke his original affidavit and then
formally requested that his name be
taken off the ballot.
KELLEY SAID Anderson must
remain on the ballot since he did not
withdraw before the March 21 deadline.
The state party, however, argued the
law was not designedto deal with can-
didates who drop out of a party's con-
test but continue campaigning on their
own.
The. suit claims officials' failure to
remove Anderson from the ballot
violates constitutional provisions
guaranteeing the purity of elections.
ANDERSON'S appearance on the
ballot will result in "great confusion on
the part of the general electorate of the
state of Michigan as it goes to the polls
on May 20,1980," the suit says.
The disqualification issue raised in
the suit is a new one.
"It may be that if our attorneys are
correct... John Anderson may be
denied the November ballot if the
secretary doesn't change his mind or
courts do not overrule him," said state
GOP chief Richard Adams.

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