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2The Daily Tar Heel Thursday, January 17, 1985
Fox: Popular politics often not best
By TOM CONLON
Politicians and individuals must make decisions
based on what is right and not on what is popular,
Orange-Chatham County District Attorney Carl
Fox told 35 students Tuesday night.
Appointed three weeks ago by former Gov. Jim
Hunt to be North Carolina's first black district
attorney. Fox was the guest speaker at UNC's
Young Democrats' meeting in the Student Union.
Fox, who received his undergraduate and law
degrees from UNC in the 1970s, said many young
people were discouraged from entering politics
because they felt they had to give up their principles.
I let my record speak for itself," he said, citing
his experience and hard work as assistant district
attorney for the district. "I didn't want this
appointment because I was black . . . young . . .
or because I gave so much to somebody's campaign
... but for the work I did," Fox said. "There is
nothing more satisfying than to have done that
and not have 10,000 people say yu owe me-'
Everybody wants something from you when you
run for public office."
Criticizing arguments that Democrats are "too
liberal, left-wing and too radical," Fox said a liberal
was defined as one who is open to new ideas. "There
is nothing wrong with being open to new ideas
. . . even though each of us in this room has
something conservative about us. We must dare
to be different.
"Those who say the Democratic party is the party
of liberals, blacks, gays, the ERA . . . that spells
to me that the Democratic party is open to all
people," Fox said. "The Republican party is a party
of haves or you're following on the tail end
of policy-making if you're not. Those same people
saying the Democratic party is so liberal do not
realize that people they view as patriots from 200
years ago Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin . . .
were viewed as liberals because they wanted
something different from the mainstream."
Fox warned that acceptance of "movements to
return to the past" through complacency would
win if people did not become involved and take
a stand. "It hasn't been but 60-odd years that the
mainstream idea was that women could not vote
. . . it hasn't been some 30-odd years where it was
OK to be separate but equal but some people
departed from those ideas," he said. "We'd be a
country far, far behind from where we are now
if people had not taken a stand for what was right."
Social justice has been largely ignored by the
Reagan administration, Fox said, adding that it
was more popular to cut taxes for large corpo
rations than to feed the hungry in America. "That
is something we should be ashamed of," he said.
"The concern is what is best for me, not what is
best for us."
Following his speech, Fox answered questions
on the death penalty, mandatory school busing,
search and seizure rules and his future ambitions.
Fox said that while ah across-the-board, rational
approach was necessary to prevent death sentences
being given only to the poor and blacks, he
supported the death penalty.
"Every time we murder someone we are
essentially murderers," he said. "But there are some
people who are so bad that it is essentially
dangerous to do anything else to them no prison
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District Attorney Car! Fox addressed YDs Tuesday.
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than just so many special interests. The
special interests, the caucuses and all
of that, have begun to appear to a lot
of people as if they're running the
But fourth, and critically important,
the party must also continue to be
committed to human beings to
investments in education and human
development, programs that give
farmers and working people a fair
chance in life. Those are the things the
party has traditionally been for.
On Monday, an analysis of Jim
Hunt 's governorship and his future role
Searches of students ruled legal
From wire reports
The Supreme Court ruled Tues
day that public school teachers and
officials may search students as long
as "reasonable grounds" exist for
believing the search will produce
evidence of a violation of the law
or school rules.
The 6-3 decision came from a case
involving a New Jersey high school
official's search of the pocketbook
of a student. Justice Byron White
wrote the majority opinion.
Missile mishap discussed
BONN, West Germany The
West German Parliament's Defense
Committee met yesterday to discuss
the Pershing missile accident that
killed three Americans and promp
ted new opposition to U.S. medium
The opposition Social Democratic
Party, which opposes NATO's
deployment of the U.S. Pershing 2
nuclear missiles, Tuesday presented
two questions to Parliament demand
ing more information oh last- Fri
Jamaican fuel riots continue
KINGSTON, Jamaica Demon
strators prepared for a second day
of protests yesterday, replacing
roadblocks dismantled by security
forces after rioting over fuel price
hikes killed at least three people,
official Jamaica Radio reported.
Witnesses said security forces
remained on patrol in the streets of
Kingston, the capital, and helicop
ters of the Jamaican Defense Force
hovered over the Caribbean island.
Volcker urges spending cuts
Reserve Board Chairman Paul
Volcker and a group of business
Sews in BrisJ
leaders are urging both Congress and
President Reagan to take sharp steps
to cut spending and reduce the
federal deficit thi year and in the
Volcker predicts interest rates will
fall if the deficit, estimated at $225
billion in fiscal 1986, is cut, and
business leaders forecast bad times
if it is not slashed.
Neves plans Brasilian future
BRASILIA, Brazil Tancredo
Neves, whose election as Brazil's first
civilian president in 21 years trig
gered carnival-like celebrations
across the nation, faced a meeting
yesterday with outgoing President
Neves, 74, was to discuss Brazil's
transition to civilian rule with
Figueiredo, who is the last of five
military rulers to govern the world's
sixth largest country since a 1964
coup. Neves will take office on
Jury rules article defamatory
NEW YORK The jury in
Israel's Ariel Sharon's $50 million
libel suit returned a partial verdict
yesterday, claiming Time magazine
defamed the Israeli general.
The four women and two men on
the panel returned the first of three
parts of its verdict about 10 a.m.,
saying the Time article suggesting
Sharon was responsible for the
deaths of Palestinian refugees in 1982
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