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THE TRIBUNAL AID
WEDINESDAY, JUINE 30.1976
EDITORIALS „ ,
‘You're A Part Of The Solution, Ur You’re A Part Of The Problem
TIE Hint IF TIE WIITEI’S UE MT UfllTS TIiSE IF TIE rtfEI'S
bv Albert A. Campbell
THE TRIBUNAL AID
Published Every W ednesday by Triad Publications, Inc.
Mail Subscription Rate $6.00 Per Year
ALBERT A. CAMPBELL, EDITOR
DON L. BAILBY, GENERAL MANAGER
JEAN M. WHITE, SECRETARY
BERT MELVIN, CIRCULATION MANAGER
^ost Office Box 921 Phone (919)885-6519
High Point, N. C. 27261
Second Class Postage Paid at High Point. N.C.
HELPING TO REDUCE THE '"BLACK PRESENCE”?
In the first edition of THE TRIBUNAL AID,
the goals, aspirations and intentions of this
newspaper were stated on the front page un
der what was then and still is referred to as
OUR CREED. For the benifit of those of you
who have not had the opportuniy to know
such.it is reprinted below along with further
and new found hopes.
first our goal is to simply he a newspaper,
hy that we mean, all news received by us on or
b*fore the deadline will be publish^-provid-
ing. it is publishable. Our responsibility is to
report, inform and in some instances to edi
Second, our aspirations are to serve all of
the people, regardless of religion, race, status
or political affiliation. And because we are a
weekly, our teritorial surroundings have no
bounds. We will aid all communities.
Third, our intentions are honest and unctm-
plicated. As we presently are, we intend to re
main neutral and owe no allegiance to anyone.
And to our advertisers we will publish on
Wednesdays, so that this paper' s readers will
be informed early enough to gain from your
weekend advertising. This Is A Weekly Paper,
Not A Week-ender.
We believe that a public newspaper should
be available to serve all factions of its commu
nity, and l)ecause of this belief, THE TRIBU—
NAL AID will not favor nor cater to any special
p«^rson or group. INot only will we accept your
news, but w> welcome it. Because of this, if in
any way our induence brings al)out the small
est chang«> in our community or even other
n«'wspapers, then we will have constructively
contributed to this area.
With these thoughts in mind, especially
while nearing this nation's 200th birthday,
maybe it is not too unreasonable to consider
what, if any changes have come about.
Since its beginning, THE TRIBUNAL AID
HAS BEEN INTRODUCED TO A TOTAL OF
»venty one different cities in North Carolina,
Kventy two ol the counties and ninteen dif-
*rent other states.Our story is being told
^dely...and the response has been great.
Because our readers have shown a special
fcterest in reading habits and our desire to
Bublish quality and informative material, THE
TRIBUNAL AID continues not to indulge in
sensationalism, but rather education.
Informing our readers is our single inten
If we have done this in the slightest way,
then we hopefully have brought about some
Throughout our publishing existence, we
will continue to publish as much Black History
as we possibly can, because to many persons.
Black History was, and in some instances, still
Like we say, ' 'Its been lost, strayed or sto
Maybe with the help of THE TRIBUNAL
AID, we can celebrate this Independence Day
knowning that we loo have stock in this coun
We wani to be a part of the solution, not a
part of the problem.
TtIK KDITORIALS WRITTEN IN THIS NF.WS-
1’Al’KH ARK NOT INTKNDKD TO BE THE ONLY ANSWERS TO
THE PROBLEMS AND CONDITIONS EXPRESSED, SOME
I’ERSONS MA'I .STILL DISAGREE WITH THESE THOUGHTS
BECAl’SE OF THIS. THE NEWSP.APER ESTENDS AN INVI-
T \TION TO A.NI RESPONSIBLE PERSON WHO WISHES TO
REELTE THESE EXPRESSIONS TO DO SO. AND FREE AND
KQI ALSPACE WILL BE PROVIDED.
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THAT FOR WHITeS,
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PROM A STUDY 8Y THE HXTIhES
yHirer could, for all intents and purposes put
HIS OUNS AWAY. WE.VE ALWAYS B£BN ABLEWHIU
OURSELVES BETTER THAN HE CAN.
CLAYTON aiLEY, UBEKATOR
TO BE EQUAL
Vernon E. Jordan,Jr.
Blacks And Tlie
July 4th is finally upon us, the culmina
tion of the months-old Bicentennial buil-up
largely devoid of content.
It s too bad, because flag-waving is-
n t enough, rampant commercialism
that wraps products in red, white and blue,
isn’t enough, and pious declarations of a
mythical past just aren’t enough.
A proper Bicentennial observance
would re-examine the ideals that led to
the founding of this nation and the
gap between those ideals and the reality
of today. And a Bicentennial should be a
time of national debate to formulate
for the next century.
Very little of this kind of national self-
examination has taken place. The old myths
have been reinforced and the hypocrisy
that was so blatant in our past and is so
strong today has largely gone unchalleng
It is almost forgotten that the Founding
Fathers included a disproportionate num
ber of slaveholders, including Jefferson,
the man who wrote the immortal words
of the Declaration of Independence "all
men are created equal, that they are endow
ed by their Creator with certain inalienable
rights, that among these are life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness.”
Small wonder then, that an Englishman
of the period complained "How is it we
hear the loudest yelps for liberty from the
drivers of Negroes?”
The hypocrisy Samuel Johnson casti
gated continued as blacks were enslaved
for almost the first hundred years of the
nation’s history and kept in peonage
and second-class citizenship since then.
Even the precious right to vote was denied
blacks in the South until passage of the
1965 Voting Rights Act.
But this does not dim the truth of the
words enshrined in the Declaration, it
only testifies to the immoralities of the men
who shaped our constantly changing
society. And it should not blind us to the
tremendous impact the American Revo
lution has had on the world.
The Revolution fought for ideas of eq
uality and for government based on the
consent of the governed inspired the
John B. Henderson
T. M. Walker
H. T. Black
I. A. Gaston
by Lee Andruss
world-wide movement toward greater
freedom and justice and today is an inspir
ation even to those revolutionaries in colon
ial countries whom our government has
But here at home it sometimes seems as
if blacks have few allies in trying to make
the Bicentennial relevant to our country’s
future. Black citizens have tried these past
months to call America’s attention to the
part blacks have played in building our
The first revolutionary to fall before
British bullets was a black man, Crispus
Attucks, ironically, a runaway slave.
Over 5,000 blacks fought in the Revolu
tion and others voted with their feet to
Throughout our history the legitimate
ideological descendants of the revolution
aries have been black people whose con
stant agitation for freedom, for liberty
and justice have too often fallen on deaf
To the degree America has fulfilled its
promises of freedom and equality it has
been because of the struggle of black
people to make the country up to those
ideals. And we’re still struggling for them,
two hundred years after the birth of the
Today, it is black people who have
largely opted of the nonsensical empty
celebrations of the Bicentennial and
instead have directed America’s attention
to its unfinished business, of constructing
a third century of national life built on the
noble promises of 1776.
The way to celebrate the Bicentennial
is with full employment, not firecrakers,
with racial equality, not patriotic songs,
and with social justice, not Fourth of July
The Bicentennial could have been
a truly constructive national experience
and if it fails in that regard, it’s not because
black people did not try to make it one.
This is the year the flag was used as a
weapon in a racist attack -on black men
in Boston. It should have been t4ie year
the flag became a symbol of the one nation
on earth to end poverty and racism.
Summer is here, time to get out of the
house. We’re heading for the lakes, sea
shore, or taking that much deserved va
cation. It’s no secret that our houses spend
many more hours unoccupied these days.
At least it’s no secret to what seems at
times to be a smill army of housebreakers
and petty thieves. There are over 2.5
million burglaries a year, that’s one every
12 seconds. And, it’s getting worse nation
wide almost daily.
A partial explanation for this astounding
burglary rate is that it is a crime of stealth
and opportunity. Most of a burglar’s
victims make it easy for hin. No big plans
are make to "pull off the job.” A simple
cruise through the target neighborhood
should produce some likely victims. Garage
doors open with no cars, newspapers
stacked up on a doorstep, unmowed lawns,
a house that’s totally dark - all bear look
ing into by any thief worth his salt. The
home owner’s effort is a most im
portant part of the prevention of this type
of crime. Lights, locks, doors, windows
and the outward appearance of the home
needs attention; every opening is a po
If the opportunity to break-in does not
present itself, chances are a burglar will
go on to an eisier mark. Remember, he
wants to gain entry as quickly and as
quietly as possible, and he would just as
soon keep looking as take extra time and
trouble and possibly create suspicion
about himself. He is secure in the know
ledge that people don’t think it will happen
to them and most of them aren’t looking
out for their neighbors.
All it takes is a little of your time to make
your home more trouble than it’s worth
to a burglar. Have good, safe locks on all
doors and use them whenever you go out,
even if just a moment. Use auxiliary •
deadbolt locks on all exterior doors. Don’t
hide an extra key under the mat or any
where else for that matter. If you can hide
it, soneone can find it. Well-lit areas
deter burglars - report any broken street
lights in your neighborhood. Be suspicious
of strangers loitering in the neighborhood.
Dont be squeamish about calling the police.
It may be nothing, but it may be something.
They’ll understand. Windows should of
fer light, ventilation and visibility but
not easy addess. All bolts and locks should
be set at a distance from all breakable
glass panels to prevent intruders from
reaching the lock by breaking the glass.
Sliding glass patio doors seem to be parti
cularly suseptible to break-ins. A strip of
wood places on the inside track will pre
vent the door being opened even if un
locked. Don’t leave anything of value
outside on porches or lawns unattended.
Develop a buddy system with your neigh
bors and notify them if your house is
going to be empty for the day.
Leave a light burning and a radio playing
softly if you go out for the evening.
Vacations present a slightly different
set of circumstances. All deliveries should
be stopped or picked up by a trusted
neighbor. A clock timer that switches
lights on and off will give the house an
occupied look. Arrangments should be
made to have the lawn taken care of. Va
luable property such as T.V. sets, stereos,
and firearms should not be visible from any
of the ground floor windows. It might also
be advisable to have a neighbor inspect
your property periodically to see that
nothing has been disturbed.
Every homeowner should have a list of
valuable items in his home. If possible,
this list should be accompained by a color
photograph of each item. This is not only
to aid police in returning property, but
for the insurance company as well. Many a
homeowner has received insurance pay
ments well below the value of what was
stolen because of his inability to prove the
items’ real worth.
The High Point Police Department
sponsors Operation Identification. This
program has been very successful in dis
couraging burglaries. Valuable items are
permanently etch-marked with the own
er’s N.C. driver’s license nunber. A thief is
less prone to steal an item permanently
niarked.. and ^ fence (buyer .of stolen/
■property)' ftiany tiiiies will not tuy marked
items. It is easier for the burglar to find a
home full of unmarked items than take a
chance stealing traceable items. The local
Crime Prevention Bureau will make home
or business inspections to point out po
tential security hazards and suggest
alternatives. All you need to do is call
your local police department or Sheriff’s
Office and request an inspection. It has
been estimated that if a burglar broke into
your house, he would leave with an average
of over $300.00 worth of your possessions.
It only takes a little of your time to help
deter this possibility.
OS El TUTU
. Founder and ruler of the famous
ASHAMTI NATION OF SOUTVI\^ST AFRICA—THER
msTORv goes back ower 2000 years/he be
came KING INI69'JC0NQUERIN6ALL THE NEIGH
BORING NATIONS / IN A WAR WITH DENKARA. A
territory to toe WEST,his army of 300,000
routed TXO POWERFULTRIBES.^IN 1731,in a
WAR wrrH THE A(^ nation^he led an army
INCLUDING 60 WOMEn/whfn hE WASKH.LED/
HIS PEOPLE BURNED the ENEMY SETTLEMENT
TOTHE QROUND- - NOT A SOUL SURVIVED /
Don S. Bailey
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Thursday s deadline will be published the following week.
The Tribunal Aid
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High Point, N.C. 27261
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