CBS Evening News for Friday, Oct 25, 1968
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(Studio) Report on philosopher-longshoreman, Eric Hoffer's argument during testimony to President commission on violence.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Militant supporter of Black Panthers and sociologist, Herman Blake and Hoffer differed. [HOFFER - cites poor childhood.] [BLAKE - asks if he's been called nigger?] [HOFFER - says he was 1st man to write of need for Negro community in 1964.] [BLAKE - asks why he stops community.] [HOFFER - says you must build it.] [BLAKE - says can't build it when whites like you tell us we can't be what we are.] [HOFFER - says Negroes haven't started on it.] [BLAKE - says you stopped us.] Blake started to leave but stayed. [Commission Vice-Chairperson Judge Leon HIGGINBOTHAM - says Hoffer's statements indicative of racist pathology in US. His views representative mass. His remarks prove Toynbee's statement that civilizations are destroyed from within.] No answers provided.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr
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