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By DIANE PACETTI
Associated Press Writer
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owned newspaper whose criticism of the city's !
black mayor prompted one subscriber to cl
himself to its office in protest, made peace on
front page last Wednesday.
"The Chicago Defender endorsed Hai
Washington when he ran for mayor, and
Defender is still on Hirold Washington's side,"
newspaper said in a page-one editorial.
The move by the city's only black-owned c
newspaper resolved a dispute sparked by an ea
editorial that questioned whether the black c
munity was any better, off under the Washini
administration.
Seeking A 'Fair Assessment'
The Rev. Herbert Martin, president of the 1
NAACP board, chained himself to a column
side the Defender offices in freezing temperat
last Monday to protest the edTtoriaS7Picketers r
ched in support. 1
Martin, who also had begun a hunger sti
vowed to stay until the Defender promised
honest and fair assessment of the progret
reforms by the mayor."
Martin freed himself last Tuesday night t
reaching an agreement with Defender Board Cl
man John H. Sengstacke, who wrote the colum
last Saturday's Defender that criticized the ma
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photo of Martin and Sengstacke, hands cla
overhead in victory, under a headline that r
"We are a family."
Sengstacke originally said he would not ret
the offending editorial, which asked Washing
"What the hell's going on?"
Sengstacke also said on a recent Sunday mori
radio talk show that included Mayor Washinj
that anyone who objected to the editorial c<
write a letter to the editor.
Washington said black radio is "more relevs
than black newspapers and that he already has t
mistreated by the white press.
But the tone of last Wednesday's editorial
conciliatory and said the earlier commentary "ii
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By L.A.A. WILLIAMS
Chronicle Staff Writer
GREENSBORO ? Former '60s black activist
H. "Rap" Brown, now known as
Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, told a racially
mixed audience last week that the problems
black people face today are symptoms of a
much larger "human problem."
Al-Amin, 42, headed the Student NonViolent
Coordinating Committee (SNCQ,
the organization primarily responsible for
teaching non-violent tactics during the sit-in
days of the mid-1960s, and helped lead the
Black Power movement in the late '60s. He
appeared at the University of North
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guest lecture sponsored by the school's NeoBlack
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Al-Amin, who currently leads JamatulRasool,
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"The cause of the problem is that man has
gone away from the purpose of his
creation," he said. "Man was created for a
purpose. He is, by design, a being with a
purpose and an intention. It's easy to talk
about blackness, but it is much greater to
give direction to this life we find ourselves
in. We must not just survive America; we
must surpass this dilemma."
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Chronicle Staff Writer
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In explaining the ways of Islam, to which
he converted in the early '70s, Al-Amin said
black people have made the mistake of imitating
their oppressors.
"The Prophet Muhammad said, if you
imitate a people, you are of that people,' "
he said. "If you want to vanquish a people,
the final straw in destroying them is imitation.
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point of reference if you intend to struggle
against it.
"The tools this society provides you with
are inadequate for the struggle you must
wage. The tastes, lusts and things this society
offers cultivate our own self-oppression."
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By L.A.A, WILLIAMS
Chronicle Staff Writer
Both sides were quick to res
pond Friday to an internal in
vestigation of city police ~ anc
the controversy it has createc
within and without the depart
ment.
The investigation involved the
police's handling of the Deborah
B. Sykes murder case and
resulted two weeks ago in the
demotion of former Detective
J.I. Daulton, the chief investigator
in the* case, the
disciplining of some of Daulton's
superiors and a reprimand for
Police Chief Joseph E. Mas ten.
Darryl E. Hunt supporters called
a Friday morning press conference
to say thar Daulton * s
demotion and the other
disciplinary actions confirmed
what they had been saying all
along - that something was afoul
in the police investigation that led
to the June 1985 conviction of the
then-19-year-old Hunt, a black
matv, fotthe crime. Hunt is now
serving a life sentence.
But discontent also surfaced
Thursday among some public
safety officers with. Alderman
Vivian H. Burke, who, as chairman
of the aldermen's Public
Safetly Committee, had ordered
a review of the police's handling
of the case last fall, which led to
the internal investigation.
The Public Safety Committee
oversees the police and fire
departments.
Days later, active and retired
police officers and firemen charged
that Mrs. Burke has meddled
too much in department affairs,
despite he^ position. They also
said they are investigating Burke
for a possible conflict of interest
because her son worked in the office
of Hunt's defense lawyers
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during the trial.
In response to those allega-_
tions, which first were reported
last week, a group of black
I citizens called a press conference
Friday at Shiloh Baptist Church
to voice their support for Mrs.
Burke and warp her critic? that
they will not allow them to in|
timidate her.
In a prepared statement, read
by businessman Jim E. Mack, the
group said, "We are here to show
our support for Alderman Vivian
H. Burke ... We believe Chairman
Burke has carried out her
duties as chairman of the Public
~ "Mrs. Burke did not lie
on the witness stand.
She did not concoct sny
of this. Mrs. Burke is
not on trial. Tisdaie
ought to be on trial.
Masten and Daulton
ought to be on trial.
Facts are stubborn
things."
i ?The Rev. John Mendez
Safety Committee with dignity
and skill. As chairman of the
I Public Safety Committee, Alderman
Burke has the right to in1
vestigate matters relating to
public safety in the city of
Winston-Salem.
MTo those who have charged
that she has overstepped her
bounds and to those who say they
are going to investigate Alderman
Burke, we say, 'Go on and investigate,
but don't try to intimidate
or frighten her by making
nameless and faceless allegations.'
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The group said Mrs. Burke has
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nitely reminded of the same kind of
ion we had here in America in the
Thompson said during a press conit
his office last week. "But it was a
segregation in Africa. It was not like
gia. Blacks (in South Africa) come
city to work during the day, and you
some of them working in stores and
esses. But then, at the end of the
r, they all get back on the train and
to their own areas. There is no inter[.
Each race has its own section that
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