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THE BLACK INK
^Psyche’ time returns
by Deborah Austin
Out of all the fantastic feats
that are pulled off all year, none
can surpass those pulled off at
exam time. The ways may not
be obvious, but everyone can get
himself “psyched up” for exams.
Most Black students, in
reference to the taking of exams,
have ways of “psyching
themselves up” that run from
the extremely funny to the dead
serious. One co-ed says, “I think
about that ‘F’ that I’ll get if 1
don’t study, and what comes
after that ‘F.’ Then I study.”
Another sister says, “You just
have to put the seriousness of
exams in your mind. Then you
place your courses in priority
and plan to stay up all ni^t.”
The most important
motivation seems to be the
concern over that QPA, and the
knowledge that it takes study to
keep it up. One Brother states
that all he has to do is to
I don’t hate your color
I only hate your actions
I hate you for giving me
All the terrible reasons to hate.
I play it cool
And dig all jive
That’s the reason
I stay alive.
As I live and learn
Dig and Be Dug
remember that his future
presence at the University
depends on the outcome of his
exams, and he’ll get to it!
Many Brothers and Sisters
talk about last minute
cramming. For most of them, it
is a matter of necessity. But
others are like one Brother who
says that he studies best under
pressure, and that he does well
after last-minute cramming. One
Sister says, “If I study about
eight hours before the exam, the
material is all fresh in my mind.
So, that’s what I do.” Other
students plan to pack up and go
to the library.
But one bad Brother says,
“You should be almost ready
now. If you go to class and have
taken some tests, a little review
should be all that is needed.” So
whether you’re gonna pack up
and go to the library, stay up all
night, or get to bed every night
by ten, you can rest assured that
everyone is going to do
something. Everyone else may
think you’re crazy, but the way
that you “psych yourself up” is
your own. Good Luck!
the old tradition
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
A lot of you will read this
note and agree, then go back to
your business and think about it
no more. A lot of you will say I
am prejudiced. But first, be sure
you read, think about it and
then pass judgement.
Carolina was built in the
1800’s and has always stood for
the fine “southern” tradition.
This is 1973 and nothing has
changed despite the fact that
there are 800 Black students on
Campus. When I speak of fine
southern tradition, I mean such
attitudes of whites as “Niggers
should be seen and not heard.”
This I intend to point out to you
in several small incidents that
only tingle with a tiny bit of
white racism. (Though some
may say that I am a racist — well
if it took a racist to see what I
have seen, THEN there are a
Editor in Chief
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heck of a lot of racists on
campus as you will soon find
Note 1 The University is
cutting down ■ On its minority
enrollment including Blacks!
Why! Do they need more space?
If so for whom? Well it certainly
is not the minority member who
pays taxes in the state of North
Carolina just like whites.
Note 2 Why are the
majority of Black students
situated on South campus? Is it
really because they like it there?
Well who decides for them that
they like there when they come
in as Freshmen? Most of them
do not even know anything
about the dorms when they
come. I have heard of many who
have signed up for North campus
and have ended up on South. No
room? Just whom are they
saving these spaces for!!!
Note 3 Have you ever
wondered why your R.A. tends
to let you know what’s going on
in the dorm last, or sometimes
not at all. Have you ever noticed
how your wants and needs
receive little or attention. Have
you noticed how only you seem
to be overly tripped by the dorm
regulations. Have you noticed
how there seems to be a distinct
lack of knowledge as to what
you are about. How are they
selected for their post? Who
does the selecting?
Note 4 Ever wonder why
white people get so offended
and upset when you expose their
subtle prejudcies, but are quick
to react when you do your thing
with callous charges of Black
racism. Something we can be
sure they very about!
Brothers and sisters, think
about this. And when you think
about it, in the words of Don
Lee; DON’T CRY, SCREAM.
From the Chairwoman of the
Southern Hospitality Observance
On last issue
■'//; the excitement of living through that year I forgot what a
short time a year is in a lifetime of trouble. ”
- Herbert Kohl
On Black Growth
So, bloods, another school year has passed. You must judge for
yourself how much you’ve grown—intellectually, socially, and in
Personally, I have struggled all year with these same concepts. I
have begun to feel an inherent connection. That is, I have begun to
feel that to participate in any intellectual or academic advancement,
one must do so from a Black perspective. One must se6 the
education we are exposed to here for just what it is—“the man’s”
experience. We must attempt to see how much of this education is
beneficial to us.
Let’s take a case in point. 1 discussed at length with a friend a
paper he had done on one of Shakespeare’s plays. We both thought
the paper represented a realistic interpretation. The instructor said
my friend had missed the whole point and gave him a low grade.
The thing is, our ability to relate to Shakespeare as whitey does
becomes less and less as we grow in Black consciousness. We begin
relating to everything from our historical Afrikan perspective—which
is the only truly real premise from which we can relate to anything.
It becomes real that many of our instructors will not be able to
relate to where we’re coming from-they either intellectually
appreciate our “creative opinion” or they mark us down for failing
to see the point.
Consider too, social growth in blackness. We begin to be able to
deal with whitey not in terms of his emotionless sophistication; we
begin to demand that he react to our humanism either with
appreciation or respect-or that he leave us alone.
I could go on and on discussing this Black growth concept—but I
want you to get into it personally. If you disagree, that’s hip
too—’cause I believe that understanding of yourself, and only from a
self-awareness can you grow in realizing your relationsbif
On Our New BSM Central Coi»i«!tfee
I’ve heard there’s some discontent among us on the recent BSM
elections. In a way this distresses me very .Tjuch, on die othr;r hand it
gives me some optimism that we’ll be com: 'uuic:!ting next yea:;.
Bloods, let’s just look at a few simple points:
1. The structure of the BSM is set up sucl* that the officers are
elected to represent and carry out the desires of the masses of
2. The chairman or Central Committee carmot institute or carry
out any program without the consent and participation of the
masses of students.
3. The Black struggle must begin where the people are. The
members of the Central Committee can have a revolutionary
philosophy which could change the whole concept of life for the
world, but it must be practical enough to deal with Carolina’s niggers
to be workable.
You see, BSM is all of us and at all times—not just the chairman or
the Central Committee and not just at official BSM functions.
Granted, if you do not communicate your feelings, the leadership
will attempt to go on—but the leadership does not operate in a
For the most part. Central Committee members are running
partners, friends, or at least acquaintances with the students—thus
we all know something about where others are coming from. Things
we talk about at parties or while sitting around in the Union, no
matter how counter-liberating, are just as much a part of us as things
we discuss at BSM meetings.
The reaUty is then, that BSM is tlje total Black experience on this
campus. The Central Committee and the BSM general body are all
one in a reaction to an existence on UNC’s campus.
So, be cool about personalities, bloods, and think about freeing
our collective selves. If an individual BSM officer needs to be held
accountable—let’s deal with it, but remember, we all are
BSM-because liberation of Black people means all Black people, no
matter where their heads are now.
African Liberation Day
On May 26