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Nov. 10, 1983
Running for a reason
The Rev. Jesse Jackson was warned repeatedly not to run for president
but the threat of his candidacy hngered for a long time. Recently he made
his intentions definite.
Black leaders, among others, warned Jackson that his candidacy would
cost the Democratic Party the 1984 election.
They reason no black person is going to win the nation's highest office. A
black person would be concerned with the problems of his own people
rather than with the problems of the country.
Furthermore, when Jackson is defeated , disillusioned blacks will turn
away from the voting process. This reasoning is outdated.
In the past bJack voters have been apathetic where voting was concern
ed. "My vote doesn't make any difference," has been a collective attitude.
But blacks are beginning to realize their political strength. Statistics show
175,000 new black voters registered to vote in Chicago when now-mayor
Harold Washington sought the office. However, in the past, faced with a
choice between the lesser of two evils, blacks chose not to participate at all.
With none of the issues pertaining to blacks —still the lower paid, less
educated race —being addressed that group would indeed have less to gain
through the election of one candidate over another.
But situating himself among the Democratic candidates, Jackson can
raise issues that will attract black interest to the process.
This may become uncomfortable for Democrats who fear they will lose
white votes in supporting "black issues," but because they are forced to
talk about the issues blacks want to hear, candidates will give blacks
something to base their selection on. Jackson, who has been politically ac
tive long enough to know he won't get the nomination is likely to drop out
of the race and throw his support to another candidate.
To assume that the blacks would become disillusioned at the loss of that
candidate is to assume that they are still politically immature. The fact is
blacks register and vote in large numbers each year
If Jackson is successful in registering the 4 million blacks out there to be
registered, even President Reagan is likely to try to capture some of those
numbers. If he is to gain more black support he too will have to face some
of the "black issues."
Those who discount the Jackson political move because it may cost the
Democratic party the election are assuming there was a chance of
defeating Reagan to start with
^Helms not a racisf
By Regina Newell
A few weeks ago. Sen. Jesse Helms
stated, "Ask any black who knows
me if I am racist, and they'll tell you
no." This statement was made while
Helms fought desperately to keep
the Martin Luther King holiday from
becoming a reality. Helms wanted
the federal government to release
tapes of King that he claimed would
reveal King as a communist and
would show other bad qualities of
the civil rights leader that would
cause great embarrassment to the
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U.S. must act as peacekeeper
By Vince Steele
We are a generation of apathetic
cowards. It is unbelievable the num
ber of voices that have cried our in
mass protest of the Grenada invasion
and even the dispatching of U.S.
Marines to Beirut. Yes, the U.S. in
vaded Grenada but it was in the
name of world peace and democ
racy. Could we sit back and wait and
wait and wait like we did when the
Iranians took ouf embassy hostage?
Could we in good conscience let the
aggressive actions of those barbaric
and undoubtedly communist forces
overrun the defenseless Grenada?
As a matter of fact, now is the time
for the U.S. to shoulder the responsi
bility it has shirked for so long, the
responsibility to world peace and de
mocracy. We have the firepower and
the manpower to usher in a new era
of Homeric freedom and glory. With
one swift and fatal swoop against the
despicable vermin that inspire
destruction and fascism in
defenseless lands like Beirut and
Grenada we can turn the tide. We
can channel history and make it flow
forever true towards a golden age im
bued with freedom of choice and
This is no time to balk. What
greater honor could there be than to
die in the service of our beloved
president, our country...no, our
world. A laurel wreath to each of our
slain heroes and let us honor them
with remembrance as we did our
brave veterans of the Vietnam con
flict. But we must not lay down arms.
It is only just that we give up our
lives for the sake of a greater good.
We must surge forward to replenish
the ranks as our few good men be
For too long college students have
feigned at controversy and wandered
aimlessly supporting causes while
safe and warm in the bowels of uni
versity life. Lay down the pen and
pick Op the sword. It is time that we
truly don the mantle of manhood.
Our selfish dreams are moot com
pared to the dream of salvation for
our world. A mass exodus is in order
from the classroom to the battlefield.
We must fight to ensure that our
dream of a world free of communist
injustice and blind inhumanity come
Hear not the wails and moans of
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If blackness can be converted into words and pictures,
we intend to do it
Editor in Chief
I read with great interest the
article entitled "BSM President
Speaks: Current Status of the
BSM" (BLACK INK, October
As former president of the
Black Student Movement, I
was very pleased to read this
glowing report about one of
the most viable student organi
zations here on UNC's campus.
Such a report reaffirms my
faith that the BSM continues
to get better with each admin
Having worked closely with
the current BSM president
while he actively participated
in yesterday's administration, I
can attest to his dynamic lead
ership abilities. Moreover,
given his past experience from
working with last year's Central
Committee and his political
savvy, the current BSM presi
dent can certainly provide the
able leadership that the BSM
Best wishes for continued
success to the Banks Adminis
tration and for continued prog
ress for the Black Student
Wende j. Watson