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Zf)t Cljarlotte
Vol. 15, No. 18 Thursday, September 28,1989
50 Cents
Blacks Lag Behind Whites In Health
Post Managing Editor
African-Americans, never on a
par with whites when It comes
to health In the U.S., are falling
farther behind, a government
task force has found.
The 20-person group, con
vened by Health and Human
Services Sec. Margaret Heckler
In 1984, completed a 239-page
report detailing the health of
non-white Americans compared
to whites. The report showed
that while blacks and other mi
norities are living longer than at
the turn of the century, those
Improvements are being eroded
by higher Infant mortality, lack
of heith care and violence.
In 1900, the life expectancy for
the U.S. population was 47.3
yeru's: for blacks it was 33 years.
In 1983, blacks lived an average
of 69.6 years compared to 75.2
for whites.
"Nevertheless, Blacks today
have a life expectancy reached
by whites In the early 1950s, or a
lag of about 30 years," the report
The task force suggested that
Health and Human Services
take steps to Improve the health
of minorities. Including:
•Launching an outreach cam
paign to disseminate Informa
tion and education materials
specifically designed for non-
white sectors of the population.
•Ensure that materials, pro
grams and technical assistance
for education are responsive to
minority population needs. Em
phasis should be given to topics
that have the greatest Impact on
death and disability In minority
populations. Attention should
be given the nation's schools
and universities to training
health care providers to be sen
sitive to minority cultural and
language needs.
•Investigating, develop and im
plement Innovative models for
delivery and financing of health
services, based on current de
partmental authorizations.
•Initiating discussions with
health and professional organi
zations from the public and pri
vate sectors to develop the
availability and accessibility of
health professionals to minority
Social characteristics, the re
port revealed, contribute to
health risks as well. The dispar
ity between the death rates of
blacks and whites affects cer
tain age groups more than oth
ers. Compared to whites, blacks
Johnson C. Smith students gather In front of the
student imlon to Inspect a tree uprooted by the
winds of Hurricane Hugo. Several trees on the
campus were damanged.
Hugo Blows Charlotte Over
Hurricane Takes Many People By Utter Surprise
Post Correspondent
Hurricane Hugo's power and
fury, said Charlotte's Earl Bul
lard, could be best described as
"Hell on earth" after the storm
devasted his neighborhood.
Bullard, who lives In the Derl-
ta community, says he wit
nessed a bastard child that
Hugo spawned.
Just after 4 a.m. Friday morn
ing, Bullard was returning home
after his shift with United Parcel
Service. Just as he stepped out
of his car, he heard the roar of a
tornado ripping through the
woods nearby,
"I Just froze. The winds were
like Godzilla coming through.
Little whirlwinds spun off and
would grab a hold on the tops of
the trees. Some splintered as
others snapped like twigs.
Whole trees were uprooted and
flung about." said Bullard.
Most Charlotteans were not
prepared for what greeted them
In the wake of the most destruc
tive storm that has occurred on
the U.S. mainland In this centu-
Preliminary reports of one sta
tistic alone gives some Indica
tion of the extensive damage.
More than 3500 utility poles
were destroyed. Most of the city
remains paralyzed without elec
tricity nearly a week later.
All over people were dealing
with the recovery and survival.
"God Is great," said Larry James
with reverence.
"He can pick us all up but I'm
so thankful that as bad as It has
been It wasn't worse,"
Janice Alexander was particu
larly incensed about profiteers
and price gougers. Reports of
basic Items like coal and Ice be
ing sold at exorbitant prices en
raged many trying to cope.
At the ice house on West Trade
St. a sign announced 'No Ice!
Don't ask us, ask Duke Power,'
Frustrated patrons kicked the
ground, spun around and cursed
Hugo. One employee, who de
clined to give his name, surveyed
the broken plate glass door and
"Someone's going to get hurt
aboiU this situation. We got no
powCT and Duke won't hook us
up unless It's an emergency. For
many folks getting some Ice Is
crucial right about now."
Others Involved In the clean up
were alert to the signs of dis
tress but calmly went about the
task of helping the city regain a
sense of order.
Georglanna Wright, with the
city's special services depart
ment, was feeling good about the
recovery prospects and her part
In It
"It's a lot of hard work but that
doesn't frighten me. It's golrig to
be a long week and there's going
to be plenty of overtime."
Wright was working with a
crew removing trees, branches
and debris from downtown
As the storm left, people strug
gled to acquire the essentials at
area stores. Despite having no
electricity, Renee Fox opened
the Eckerd Drug store on Free
dom Drive, where customers
were allowed to enter In pairs.
Aggravating an already tragic
scenario was the drop In tem
peratures coupled with a chilly
rain that fell Monday hampering
repair crews and civic authori
ties. A rookie state trooper di
rected traffic at the Intersection
of 7th and Independence. Henry
King. 23, Is a resident of
From his perspective people
were trying to cooperate but
confusion was a serious handi
cap. contributing to an accident
In which two officers, a police
man and a natinal guardsman
were severely Injured.
King appraised the situation
posiiively. "Most people are try
ing to do the right thing out here.
The morning traffic was a little
haliy, some tempers have flared,
but by and large good sense has
prevailed," he said.
"People want to survive the re
covery. I just feel hurt for the pe-
olpe further south. It's just a
heartache thinking about what
It's like down there."
have twice the rate of Infant
mortality. The disparity Is
smaller through age 24, fol
lowed by a sharp rise In excess
deaths through age 64.
The excess death rates for
black males and females are
similar across age categories
except that a greater percentage
6f males died between the ages
of 25 to 44, but a greater per
centage of females died between
the ages of 45 and 69.
Homicide was the major cause
of excess deaths among blacks,
accounting for 38 percent of the
male deaths and 14 percent of
females. Excess black deaths
between the ages of 45 and 69
were due mainly to cancer, heart
disease, stroke, diabetes and
clrrosls of the liver.
Blacks, who make up about
See WHITES On Page 2A
Lffe Expectjemcy,
1 3'
Whites Blacks
2 Years
i Years
lies Blacks
Aryans In N.C.'s Backyard
Post Staff Writer
Guess who's coming to dinner.
The Aryan Nations, a vocal ra
cial hate group. Is moving Its
headquarters from Hayden
Lake, Idaho to the birthplace of
the Ku Klux Klan.
The white racist group, com
monly called skinheads. Is
planning to settle In Pulaski.
Pulaski has been the site of
several recent Klan marches.
The Aryan Nations have ap
plied for a permit to hold a
march on Oct.7 to celebrate their
Some Pulaski residents do not
share the skinheads' festive atti
tude and are taking steps to
make sure Aryan Nation mem
bers feel as unwelcome as possi
A local group called Giles
Countlans United have asked
the National Conference of
Christians and Jews (NCCJ) to
assist In spearheading opposi
tion to the Aryan march.
NCCJ's national executive
board endorsed the efforts the
people of Pulaski are making to
overcome rather than perpetu
ate racism.
Joan Maulsby, director of
NCCJ In Charlotte, says Aryans
were pressured by residents to
leave the western area and the
people of Pulaski are hoping to
do the same.
'The most effective way to
prevent this Is to raise aware
ness about the destruction and
hatred these people advocate,"
she said.
'They are tired of seeing their
coun^ square used as a staging
area for racists just because it
has historical associations with
the Confederacy and the early
Klan," Wright said.
The Nashville chapter of NCCJ
said Aryan Nations and other
hate groups encouraging racism,
blgotiy, and violence by either
physical or verbal methods. _
threaten the basic Ideals tha|-
hold the U.S. together. -t'
Maulsby said If the Aryans
move to Tennessee, the st^e
will look as If It Is condoning
racial hatred.
"We are eisklng people to write
letters of protest saying they are
not welcome In Tennessee,"
Maulsby said.
NCCJ urges citizens Of the re
gion to unite and send letters
In support of the Giles County
community's attempt to keep the
Aryan Nations from promoting
racial hate .
"Many persons In Giles County
feel as though they are being In
vaded by such groups as the Klan
and the Aryan Nations," Dr. El
liott Wright, NCCJ senior vice
president said.
Police Misconduct Alledged
mission on Civil Rights con
vened a public briefing Septem
ber 15 to examine allegations of
police misconduct against non
violent demonstrators and the
use of excessive force in making
During the nearly three-hour
session, participants presented
Information to address thejegal
repercussions of and posable
solutions to police misconduct.
Most of the presentations In
cluded first -hand experience
from representatives of law en
forcement agencies and nonvio
lent demonstrators.
Linda K. Davis, chief of the De
partment of Justice's criminal
section of Its civil rights divi
sion, opened the briefing. Some
of the presenters were Chief
Robert McCue of the West Hart
ford. Connecticut police depart
ment; Chief Melvin C. High, as
sistant chief of police for the
District of Columbia Metropoll-
• tan Police's field operations: Dr.
Lawrence Sherman, president of
the Crime Control Institute and
professor f criminology. Univer
sity of Maryland; Don Jackson,
former police sergeant In Haw
thorne, California, among oth
During Its afternoon business
meeting, the Commission voted
6-0 (two Commissioners were
absent) to send the transcript of
the morning's briefing to the De
partment of Justice along with a
recommendation to Investigate
the allegations made concern
ing police misconduct and use
of excessive ^rce.
Terry Sanford To Address
J.C. Smith Students
United States Senator Terry
Sanford will be the first speaker
for the 1989-90 JCSU Board of
Visitors Distinguished Lecture
Series Monday, October 2. Sena
tor Sanford will speak at a noon
luncheon In Grimes Lounge.
Sanford (D-NC) was elected U.S.
Senator In 1986. He serves on
such committees and subcom
mittees as Banking, Housing &
Urban Affairs, Committee on
Budget, Foreign Relations, Ter
rorism, Narcotics and Interna
tional Operations, as well as the
Select Committee on Ethics.
Sanford Is the author of three
books and has received 25 hon
orary degrees. He Is a member of
the North Carolina Bar Associa
tion, Council on Foreign Rela
tions, The Academy of PoUtlCEd
Science and Academy of Public
.rfS*' f.' ■■
Administrators, among others.
Benefit Has
Many of N.C.'s most dlstln-;
gulshed citizens will gather at
McDonald's banquet facility
Nov. 3 for an appreciation din
ner honoring former East Meck
lenburg High School principal
Leroy "Pop" Miller.
Tickets are now on salp for
$35 and proceeds will benefit
the Leroy "Pop" Miller Founda- '
tlon. . >
For Information, call Eval^e
Carrington or Eleanor Washing
ton at 377-0242. 399-1672 or
Insurance Co. Needs Record Of Property Damage Immediately
Persons left with property
damage In the wake of Hurri
cane Hugo should act quickly
and carefully in order to get
their Insurance claims paid
promptly. If your property was
damaged, please take note of the
following steps:
• If you haven't already, report
your claim to your insurance
agent and give a brief descrip
tion of the damage. Ask for In
structions on what to do until
the adjuster arrives. Follow the
company's claims instructions
• Protect your property from
further damage. Reasonable ex
penses In protecting your prop
erty should be reimbursed by
your Insurance company. Do not
make permanent repairs until
your property has been Inspect
ed and you've made an agree
ment on the cost of repairs.
• If you have a homeowners'
policy and your home Is dam
aged to the extent that you can
not live In it, your policy will pay
additional living expenses while
repairs are made.
• Prepare an Inventory of per
sonal property damaged or de
stroyed and take pictures. If
possible, of the damaged prop-
See REPORT On Page 2A
Inside This Week
Editorials Pg. 4A
Church News. Pg. 3liH
Entertainment Pg. 7A
Sports Pn
Lifestyles Pg. 1B
Classifieds.... Pg. 10B
WORD! Pg. 12A
Alliance Pg. 11B
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