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Jacob Says Reagan Pol
By RUTHELL HOWARD 1984, re
Staff Writer tions fo
"In bad times we hurt more. In good times, we hurt a ment of
bit less, but we're still hurting/' said National Urban ministra
League President John Jacob. "Bad times come and bad billion >
times go, but black inequality remains." $30 bill
Jacob, speaking at the Winston-Salem Urban League's and B-l
Equal Opportunity Day Banquet in the Benton Conven- "Hon
Ition Center last week, said the perceived upward irena in systems
the nation's economy does not indicate that economic more fc
conditions will suddenly improve for black people as opporti
"It is not enough to say with the president that things Frankli
will improve when the economy revives," Jacob said, help th<
"The economy is beginning to show some signs of life, "Raw 1
but last month, when white unemployment declined "We
slightly, black unemployment rose." equality
Jacob pointed out that black Americans, who are only said,
a 10th of the nation's population, are 25 percent of its This,
jobless and a third of its poor citizens. "The typical black comple
family earns less than the government itself says is needed racism,
for a decent minimum living standard," Jacob said. "For Jaco
every dollar of income enjoyed by the typical white fami- recent
ly, the black family earns only 56 cents." Democ
Jacob further warned that the U.S. budget for fiscal
Local Junior ROTC cadets h
day in the sun ? literall;
Bowman Gray Stadium last
And Staff Writer Robin Mi
"Serving the Winston-Salem
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as thev listen to William
i stories to thc 'vtetttag tots
* from locj
icies ylre Obscene
leased recently in Washington, offers no so
r the plight of blacks and the poor. Calling i
"pornographic" because of its "obscene" tre
America's poor, Jacob criticized the Reagan ;
ition's plans to cut federal job programs by
.vhile increasing military spending by more tt
ion and spending $14 billion on the MX Mi:
v can we justify spending billions on weap
of dubious value while we ask older people to
>r health care, younger people to lose educatic
mities and poor people to eat less?" Jacob sa
5 said that the New Deal initiated by the
n D. Roosevelt during his tenure as presiden
e poor has been replaced by President Reag;
traded compassionate movement toward gre
1 for a mean-spirited war on the poor," Ja
, he said, has resulted in "hard times and a dis
x of social pathology, including the resurgenc
b noted that proof of racism lies in the spirit o
mayoral election in Chicago, where b
ratic candidate Harold Washington defe
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Community Since 1974"
Thursday, April 28, 1983
By ROBIN ADAMS
"Wanted: Parents. Couples preferred, but singles will
be accepted. No other criteria necessary except that the
parents be able to Hive and accept love. "
If Sue Thomas, supervisor of the Adoption Services
I unit of the Forsyth County Department of Social Seri
vices, could have a wish come true, it would be that one
< or two callers would respond to that ad.
? But Thomas' wishes are modest. Approximately 375
| children in the county have been abandoned, or are in
B foster homes.
Sixty-five percent of those needing homes are black,
I ThdpM says. There's a waiting list of parents wanting to
I adopt while children, but for black children, the proI
spelts are not so bright.
"We are taking applications from people wanting to
adopt black children of any age," Thomas says.
Thomas adds that black boys between the ages of five
and 15 generally have the most difficulty finding permanent
V Black adoptions may be so few, Thomas says, because
I PS<ial Parents aren't aware of adoption procedures or
jl rti|?SWrafrd mythi"about adopting. * ' v
black people arrange their own adoptions
I without an agency's help," she says. "If someone in the
i family dies or abandons a child, another member of the
$ family will raise the child. Black people are also very
cutnifiniis nf the Deoartment of Social Services."
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Thomas says the department's adoption unit is workI
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I Youth Arrested Ii
i By RUTHELL HOWARD
| "Staff Writer
Ironically, two members of the constituency the Patterson
YMCA tries to serve may have victimized it.
Two black youth, ages 11 and 15, were arrested 12:30
H last Friday morning after allegedly breaking into the agf'
ing downtown structure, the third break-in at the facility
^ this year.
The brothers have been released in their mother's
custody pending the outcome of a social worker's investigation
of the case.
The two took a pair of rings, a key and 50 cents from a
vending machine in the building, according to police
?J They were arrested after a special portable alarm police
ater ?%, ',^'^Hfev"
f the National fcfcban League President John Jacol
lack calls the present administration's budget poi
ated nongraphic because of its "obscene** treatmen
of America's poor (photo by James Parker).
College Football In April? I
3u bet, in the first-ever Winston-Salem
ate Alumni Game, which pits the best of
im alumni against the present team.
Dbert Eller tells us who will play for both
uads, and where.
torts, Page 14.
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ve Parents I
ing to remove the stigma associated with adoptions.
14Many people think you have to own your home or
have a lot of money in a savings account to apply,M
"The primary thing is that the people are able to be
good parents. Don't listen to myths. If you think you
have the capacity to lovet don't let myths and rumors put
you off, because there are children who badly need
"Don't listen to myths. If you think you have
tho nnnnritv tn !n\)p /inn 't Ipt mvthc and rumnrs
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put you off because there are children who
badly need homes."
-- Sue Thomas
_ To encourage black people to apply, the Adoption Service
has developed a "screening-in" process.
Rather than being accepted or turned down at the
beginning of the selection process, all potential parents
are accepted, counseled and instructed so that they can
become eligible for adoption.
* Another procedure that the local agency uses occasionally
to help alleviate the problem of black children
not being adopted is interracial adoptions. "We don't use
interracial adoptions very much," Thomas says, "but we
have had couples, especially from out of state, to request
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i Y MCA Break-In
had planted in the building was activated, bringing nearby
officers to the scene.
Police Chief Lucius Powell said such alarms had been
planted in the Patterson building and in other areas
where break-ins have recently increased.
Seven break-ins have occurred at the Y in the past 16
months, starting Jan. 1, 1982. The others in 1982 occur
red on Sept. 9, July 26 and July 27. The first break-in for
1983 occurred April 7 and was followed by another on
The Y building is old, with 30 years of wear and tear
behind it, but Howard Jones, the Y*s program director,
said the condition of the building is not what has made it
vulnerable to crime. Jones attributed the increase in
break-ins, rather, to the periodic rise in break-ins
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By \DWARD HILL JR.
According to a recently-released statistical report,
violent crimes in Winston-Salem have shown a significant
increase from 1981 to 1982 while crimes against property
have declined during the same period.
The Preliminary Annual Report on Crime in North
Carolina was compiled by the state Department of Justice
and covers the period between January and December of
the last two years.
Robbery, murder and aggravated assault are considered
crimes against persons. In 1981, there were a
reported total of 1,214 assaults in the city and in 1982 the
number increased to 1,487. The number of robberies
grew from 290 in 1981 to 419 in 1982 while murders increased
from 16 to 1*7. Rapes, which decreased from 91 initial
tr? ii lact vmt werp the onlv crime against persons
I that showed a decrease.
Burglary, larceny and arson all showed a decrease from
1981 to 1982. Burglaries fell from 3,611 in 1981 to 3,589
last year. Larcenies dropped from 6,813 to 6,766 during
that period and arsons fell from 151 to 110.
b Automobile thefts showed a small increase, from 576
r- to 578.
it Since the statistics are not broken down into specific
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