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Military Racism #13372

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 17, 1971
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(Studio) Defense Secretary Melvin River Laird denies existence of racial quotas for overseas assignments. Representative Ronald V. Dellums charges United States had secret agreement with Iceland, Germany, and other NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) allies with regard to such Army attempts to deal with racial discrimination.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Berchtesgaden, Germany) Group of blacks and whites put on presentation for soldiers with regard to black-white relations Second race seminar held. [Major General Fred. DAVISON - says times more sensitive; cites can't fool man at bottom of heap.]
REPORTER: Ray Moloney

(Studio) House black caucus discuss military racism. Army officers in Massachusetts testify.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) Caucus told racism way of life at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. [Major Roscoe BYRD - tells of incident and reaction where white ofr. threw black ofr.'s hat on floor.] Byrd had to go to friend's rescue outside club. Blacks penalized and whites not. [BYRD - describes his punishment.] [Captain Charlie SMITH - says neither militant, dissidents nor anarchists, wants to see change in institution racism. Time running out.] [Representative Shirley CHISHOLM - says structure as exists should be scrapped.] Ofrs. fear appearance before caucus may jeopardize careers.
REPORTER: Stephen Geer

Geer, Stephen;
Moloney, Ray;
Smith, Howard K.

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