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Racial Violence / Reaction / Kentucky #199944

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 04, 1968
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(Studio) Black George Boggs buried in same cemetery as white Elza Rucker. Both killed in racial violence.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Berea, Kentucky) Gunbattle between blacks and whites left 2 dead and others wounded. Rally of segregationist National States Rights Party held Sunday Rptd. 3 car loads of blacks drove up and shooting broke out. 6 Negroes and 8 whites charged with murder. Defending whites is States Rights attorney J.B. Stoner. [STONER - says black savages tried to murder women and children. Press kept this a secret. Happened because blacks hate whites. They shot more at children than at adults.] Party Director Edward Fields shown. City representatives say don't know who fired 1st. [Negro WOMAN - says loudspkrs. could be heard 3/4 mile away. It caused agitation. Only 7 blacks involved. Others, incling. self, drove by but didn't stop. Incident made us concerned and sick.] Motels and restaurants integrated for years Berea College integrated from 1855 - 1914. Reintegrated in 1954. [MAYOR - says attributes it to org. coming into community from out of state.] [STONER - says proud to be white racist.] [FIELDS - says yes (considers self racist).] [STONER - says goal is white Christian American without Jews or niggers.] [FIELDS - says favors deporting all niggers back to Africa. Should be true for town.] Ad hoc committee calls meeting to raise money for Negroes in case. [White SPOKESPERSON - ask& if town will appropriate money for all hoodlums in cnty.] [2nd WHITE - says in this cntry., you're presumed innocent until proven guilty.] Emotion in Berea mostly sorrow. Scene of shooting shown. Justice Department to study shooting.

Rabel, Ed;
Reasoner, Harry

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