Vol. V No. 33
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Melanie Campbell and Lisa Steele are two of the Wake
By Sharyn Bratcher
When Wake Forest admitted itsTirst blaclTsfudent in
1962, one of his prospective suite mates blurted to a
friend: "Yes, but where will we go to the bathroom if he
uses this one?"
The seventies style of prejudice is more subtle, but it
still exists -- and many of Wake's 150 black students
have begun to speak out about it.
"We have formed a student organization, but we don't
have a name for it yet," says sophomore Melodie
Campbell. "A group of us got together in the library one
night and compared experiences. Each of us had
thoiioht 'Mflvhf it's ilict mp ' hilt fKJn<?c Wi n rtr>ono/4
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t>4 One of the "things'* that happened was a professor
who complained to a student that teaching his class was
like "teaching a bunch of fifth grade (blacks)."
A black woman attended a Halloween party at a
fraternity where one student was costumed in blackface
~ with a noose around his neck.
Several WFU fraternal organizations have held
minstrel shows or performed skits in blackface. One .
group even did a blackface routine in a speech class.
"Racism here is under the sheets," says Lisa Slade, a
? sophomore- from-W a s h i n gtone D* . " V ll-give-you^aiiexample
of how it is. There is a hall in anotherdo,rmitory
where members of a certain sorority live. We went overthere
a few weeks ago and just as you get off the
elevator, there is one of those black jockeys that people
put in their yards - right there in the hall/'
The incident which triggered the mood of protest
among black students was Old South Weekend, a
celebration held by the Kappa Alpha fraternity, in which
members dress in Confederate uniforms and display
Confederate flags from the windows of their house.
The Confederate flags appeared on campus the day
that Wake Forest was holding its Equal Opportunity
Banquet in Reynolda Hall. Some visitors to the campus
^were^ reportedly-offended by the display.
The next day black students bought a Confederate flag
and burned it in a trashcan in front of Reynolda Hall.
"We wanted to make a statement that the flag
represented a racist pig attitude," said Jimmy Steele,
one of the leaders of the demonstration.
Steele, who is president of the Afro-American Societv
at Wake Forest, explained that his group had ofiginally
By Sharyn Bratcher organizations comprising
Staff Writer the Coalition on Tax ReSam
Smith is a business form.,
executive who makes $100,- a family subsisting on
000 a year. In buying minimum wage earnings
groceries for his family, he spends 41 per cent of that
pays $92.16 a year in food income for food, and pays
tax. So does Mary Johnson, almost $100 per year in
who is raisihg three kids on sales taxes. Upper income
a salary of $2.90 per hour. families spend only 8.9 per
Unfair? cent of their income on
The Coalition on Tax food, spending a higher
Reform thinks so. portion of their income on
The repeal of the food tax , non-taxable items, such as
and a new property tax personal services.
structure are the major Twenty-two states exconcerns
of the Coalition on empt food from their sales
Tax Reform, a group of taxes, but in North Carolina
local organizations who revenue from the three per
want to change the present cent state food tax accounts
tax system in North Caro- for $150 million in the state
lina. budget, almost double the
"The people with the amount of five years ago,
--fart iifen of-the food tax are nuir ifnyranlniting
the least able to afford it," food prices.
said Mike Taylor of the "The tax structure needs
Urban League, one of the to be revised," said Kate
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intended to have a march of its own on Old 'South
Weekend, showing the other side of pre-Civil War times,
but the event was scheduled a week earlier than they
expected, sa they burned the flag as a gesture of their
Dr. Larry Palmer, director of minority affairs on
campus, commended the students for the orderly way
that the demonstratior^was handled. "I'm glad they're
waking up," he commented.
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nuicu mat inc icaaiun nc uas receiveu irom
white students has been mostly positive, although Kappa
Alphas have remarked that they "don't see what all the
fuss is about."
"The Klan is for real," one member commented.,
"We were just ^oing for fun.''
T ax Laws Atfc
Mewhinney, an attorney for One measure of property
the Legal Aid Society. "An tax relief presently being
across-the-board property considered in the North
tax cut wouldn't help the Carolina legislature is the
people who need it most." circuit-breaker tax cut. The
She explained that 28 per bill, which was introduced
cent of Winston-Salem and by Senator Carolyn* Mathis,
Forsyth County's taxes are (D-Charlotte,) would repaid
by only 25 taxpayers, quire the state to pay the
including Western Electric, property taxes exceeding a
Duke Power, and the R.J. certain percentage of their
Reynolds Company. A pro- income for senior citizens
perty tax cut would benefit and disabled persons. For
them, but it would not example, if a family has an
benefit the 45 per cent of income of $6,000 and owes
the county population who $240 in property tax, the
rent their houses, even family would pay three per
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uiuugu lanuiurus pass on cent oi tneir income, or
property tax costs to their $180, in property tax, and
tenaffts. the state would pay the
Ms. Mewfiinney sug- remaining $60.
gested that property taxes * Coalition members say
be charged on a graduating that the state need not lose
'-seated like incomc tax, so jtcveMc -frow?*he*c tax
that higher amounts are reductions, because other
taxed proportionally more taxes could be modified to
than lower ones. compensate for the differ
ommunity Since 7974"
20 Pages This Week
Staff Writer 15 or 20 years down the
A diverse group of local road and although events
blacks ranging from bank- might force us to change, at
ers to laborers has created least we will have a plan, as
the Winston-Salem^Im- opposed to reacting all the
provement Association?an time.''
organization intended to "We've got to play the
devise long-term strategies man's game by his rules/'
for the improvement of the said Williams. "If the man
city's black community. tells us we need a swimThe
organization, product ming pool in 2001, we
of three? months of meet- ought to be able to tell him
ings, took on its new name whether ve want one then,
at a meeting Tuesday after- instead of waiting until
noon in the East Winston opening day, 2001 to cornBranch
"We see ourselves as a Williams emphasized that
long-term strategy mecha- N
nism for blacks in the city,"
said Kenneth R. Williams,
Jr., a businessman and '
temporary chairman of the ' . r
association. "We'd like to /"
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Stylln'... a fashion
supplement like none
other yoo've seenr Is a - -[ -1 [?- j M | 11
most special Featiirelfi |
this week's Chronicle.
The latest trends In children's,
men's and wo? _
men's clothing are ex- ? I ? .^1plored
In depth, with a 11| Ij I mi
particular slant on the W \/ W
preferences of black buyers.?;
You'll meet a top de- B> John T?mple
sfaner hf men's wmp ^
from Chicago, see the
absolute latest in Dave Thompkins has com(
styles just back from the since his boyhood in a hoi
beautician's trade show, faucet on the back pore
plus the fabulous writing Utyierwood Street in Bostor
you've come to eipect However, he's always 1
from the Chronicle. hacf somebody else along tl
Five pages of faahlon trait shared by his wife ?liv
Info begin on page five. children.
Their record of involvemc
^and volunteer activities has
the Thompkins family be
m "Family of the Year" by
^ League Guild of \Vinst0n-S2
fl t ^ BJ "They've done all that'i
^ and added more," said The
worker at the local Housing
ence. They favor doubling w''liam Andrews, during
the intangible property tax awards reception last Fr
(taxes on stocks and-bonds);
increasing the liquor tax to The M a)so presentei
six cents per 3.3 oz.; recognition award to the Wi
increasing the corporate in- ChronicIe and
a service aw
come tax; and increasing Ma , Allen, adult servic
the tax on cigarettes.
the East Winston Library.
- The Coalition sponsored ciation gifts and certificate
a seminar, held Wednesday sented to 15 guild member:
April 4, at Glade Street League staff.
YWCA, which wasdesigned Thompkins is deputy dir
to educat^ the public on Housing Authority; Olivia 1
North Carolina tax laws, office manager at Reynolds
Patric Mullen, secretary for ter. However, they're invob
North Carolinians for Tax more.
Reform was the featured He's an active board me
speaker. Members of the Urban League, a former o'
Coalition on Tax Reform A&T State University Alur
include: Legal Aid Society, tion, regional polemarch in /
Urban League, League of Psi Fraternity and a member
Women Voters, Winston/ Promoters and New Bet
Salem.Fntsyth^Goimly..A*- - Church.
sociation of Educators, and "We always believed you
the American Association somebody," Thompkins s
of Retired Persons. family. "I was always taugh
Saturday, April 7, 1979
comoetition with anv of th?* meetings has ranoerl ??
other black organizations in high as 90 persons.
the city. "We're not so Prior to the adoption ot a
much an action group as a name> fhe Qrganization had
research and study-group. ereate<j task forces to work
We need all the orgamza- in six areas rf particular
tions we have now. In fact, intere$t tQthe b]ack Commu.
W^i!eed more. nity: justice,.housing, eduThe
assoc.at.on s origins catjon economic devel
date back to a meeting mem heaUh >|ld n.
called in December by the ment
League to bring together The task forces have
various segments of the been charged with studying
black community for open- the issues related to each
ing lines of communication, area and making recomFrom
that initial group of mendations for strategies.
Olivia & Dave Thompkins
ild Honors ?
ion to get a piece of the pie and help
Olivia Thompkins is intricately involved
* sl lone way
with a *n Process carv*n8 out some of the
h^on old political pie. She's been precinct chairon
man at Paisley school and James Community
Center and is now acting chairman in
je leve e t^e jjanes Community Center precinct,
he way - a
ia, and their She serves on the Employment and
Training Advisory Council and is a
;nt in work prodigious fundraiser for the NAACP.
resulted in Each year, the Thompkins give a benefit
ting named at their home for the association.
ilem^r * have always been involved in
. activities that deal with people," said
expe Mrs. Thompkins. "My whole work life's
impkins co- . f . /. . .
A thorttv spent in health facilities, and
-jj' although I'm in the business end, I still
the guild . ? A . , ,,
A have that concern for people.
iday night. r r
The Thompkins have raised a group of
d a special achievers among their four daughters.
nston-Salem Renita, 20, skipped her senior year of
ard to Mrs. school to attend N.C. Central
es worker at University and is a candidate for graduation
in May. ^
were pre- Cheryl, 16, an 11th grader at Reynolds
5 and Urban School, may repeat her sister's
advanced plac^rlent. Tracy, 13, is an 8th
ector of the g^der at Wiley Junior High. Tina, 4, is
hompkins is ca^e<^ "th? boss of the family."
Health Cen- "We've always taught them everybody
ved in much ^as t0 worfc. nothing is given to you,"
said Dave thompkins. "That's the way
mber of the we*Ve trained our children."
fficer in the
rtni Acc/vio. tl i-: a ?1 ? ' --
..... r.^wv.10- i nuinpuns noi oniy practices mvoiveUpha
Kappa ment, but he preaches it throughout his
of the Social career as a housing counselor, manager
hel Baptist and administrator. "I have always told
; _ the residents^ you cannot sit here in this_
have to help project; you must become involved. If
aid of his you're going to move up, you've got to
t, you've got get involved."