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132 PAGES THIS WEEK
Experts say race issue to a hot
topic now following King verdict
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Thinking back "
C.B. Hauser is reminded of his
civil rights struggle in Army.
"The Twin City's Award-Winning Weekly"
VOL. XVIII, NO. 37
Tension builds outside the courtroom
Two black courtroom observers harassed at trial of Winston-Salem Four on Friday
By SHERIDAN HILL
Chronicle Assistant Editor
Last Friday two black men were harassed by secu
rity officers as they tried to observe the trial of four
local black leaders charged with extortion, conspiracy,
money laundering and fraud. The Rev. John Mendez of
Winston-Salem and Ervin Brisbon of Green&oro were
not permitted to enter the courtroom by security offi
cers who appeared tense. It was the day after blacks in
Los Angeles first made international news by burning
? Others who were part of the
hiring process say MacLeod is
best suited for the position
By SAMANTHA McKENZIE
<*hirnili Jn Otaff llfi i>n ?
wvwwcw own wnver
' fc w aft gcr?d blacks iafre ujwwaiamy are calling
for thercsignation of the newly hired O.FJF. (Opportu
nities for Families Fluid) program manager ? a white
female ? claiming that the program, geared to Airican
Aroericans, should be run by a black.
Anne MacLeod was hired last week to coordinate
OJRF., a new county project targeted to assist pregnant
and parenting teenagers and their families to move them
out of poverty. The project is supported by a three-year,
$ 1 million grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Founda
tion and has been in the planning stages for more than a
One of MacLeod's biggest opposers, the Rev. John
Mendez of Emmanuel Baptist Church, argues that the
hiring of a white woman to coordinate the program is
an insult to the black community.
"It's raw white arrogancy. After we sat through
workshops dealing with racism and we told them that
one of the biggest problems is that white people can not
tell black people how to solve their problems, they still
went ahead and hired a white woman. Tt\is was an
opportunity for them to say, 'I can save these~poor black
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and looting in response to the acquittal of four white
policemen in the beating of Rodney King.
Rev. Mendez walked into the courtroom carrying a
book, but was stopped by a security officer who told
him that no reading material was allowed in the court
room. Members of the press have carried books in and
out of the courtroom and read books during the six
week trial, but when questioned, the officer said he
hadn't noticed them. Rev. Mendez left his book, The
Psychology of Oppression, by Franz Fannon, on a chair
in the hallway. Two hours later, a white member of the
press sat in the courtroom and read a magazine.
Ervin Brisbon, a Greensboro political activist
walked into the courtroom last week wearing a black T
shirt that read, "Racism is an illness" on the front, and
on the back it read, "R U Sick?"
A security officer immediately approached him,
told him that signs were not allowed in the courtroom
and asked him to leave. Brisbon quietly walked out into
the hallway. As members of the press talked to him sev
eral other officers arrived. The three of them surround
ed Brisbon and told him he would have to leave the
building. As Brisbon began walking toward the eleva
tors* one of the officers gabbed his elbow, which dear
ly agitated him, and he tried to free his arm.
"You're under arrest or you'll have to leave/ said
one officer, the three of them trying to push and pull
Brisbon along. .
An unidentified woman with Brisbon told the offi
cers, "You don't have to grab him. We're going."
Mendez and County Commissioner Ear line Par
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(Left to right) Deniee D. Adams, Aldermen Larry Worn We and Nalaon Mallpy, and County Commlealon
er Earline Parmon war# among those who attended a community rally at Golden State Mutual Ufa
building on Saturday.
Community holds rally for King
By samantha Mckenzie Golden State Mutual building on Fifth Street against
Chronide Staff Writer the "not guilty" verdict of four white officers involved
in the Rodney King beating.
The numbers were small at Saturday's rally but the "America is a sick, decadent society with a cancer
spirit of unity that brought a handful of community that is eating away at its very fiber," said Alderman
leaders and residents together was strong. ' Nelson Malloy, one of the first to speak during the
Approximately 20 people rallied in front of the Please see page A7
? Robinson may call for a run
off .. . Brown, Walter make
school board history . . . Little
and Michaux succumb to Watt
By SAAiAlilHA MeKEHZE
sjnwntcm onn wmor
After losing the Republican primary for state
superintendent of public instruction by a small margin,
Winston-Salem State University professor Vernon
Robinson said he is considering calling for a run-off
only if he's sure money for another campaign will come
Robinson ran a close race with Thomas L. Rogers,
receiving 61,675 voces to Rogers' 61,290. Tbena S. Lit
tle, a member of the state Board of Education, won with
61 ?62 votes.
To win, a candidate must receive 40 percent of the
total voce. Since Little received only 35 percent of the
votes, Robinson has become eligible to call for a sec
ond primary, also known as a "run -off."
"I feel strongly pulled to call for a run -off. We're
working on it We're trying to find out whether the folks
who put up the money before will be willing to do so
again," said Robinson. He has until Tuesday to file for a
Please see page A7
City residents saddened by King verdict
A Following the acquittal of four white police officers in the Rodney King trial and the aftermath of riot
ing that erupted in the streets of Los Angeles and other cities, residents in Winston-Salem said . .
"It's pathetic. I was left
numb. Then I felt sympathy
for Rodney King and his fam
ily and the entire black gen
eration. It's not going to get
any better. The violence is
self-explanatory. What do
you expect? (The communi
ty) was like a time bomb
waiting to explode. I don't
think they meant to hurt any
one in their own community.
It's gotten to the point where
it's freedom or death."
- Charles Perry, 25
"I dldnl agree with the ver
dict at all. I think they should
have been convicted. Why
did they move the trial out of
(Los Angeles) and why was
the Jury ali white? That's,
racism. Now we have a lot of
angry black people out here.
But I wish they would calm
down and get it together
Maybe they need to have a
march or talc with the mayor.
There are a tot of lives being
lost. Its just making it worst "
- Ann Mil tin, 24
"1 don't think justice was
served, but I think they,
should have protested in
another manner. Maybe
they should have marched
in front of the courthouse or
something. But (the people)
feel frustrated, neglected
and no one is listening.
They feel like they dont
have a voice. Black leaders
have totally lost their Influ
ence in the inner communi
- Ktvln Berger, 34
"Those cops need to be
fired and they need to go to
jail for at least 10 years.
What they did was wrong.
As far as the violence, I think
there had to be bloodshed. It
seems like the government
wont do anything unless
somebody's getting hurt. If it
was a black cop (beating
someone) they would have
taken some serious action. I
just want this racism to
- Lawandrla Pann, 14
"It's really sad. I was angry.
If (Rodney Kirtg) was white,
justice would have been
served. The jurors were
unfair. It should have been
half (black) and half
(white). This was just a way
of making black people
look ignorant. I'm still very
angry. We need to give it
sometime. Hopefully in
time the (rioting) will die
- Angelina McConn teheed, 23
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