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San Francisco State College Conflict #200284

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jan 23, 1969
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(Studio) Major confrontation occurs at San Francisco State College between students and police.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(San Francisco, California) Students gathered in crowds despite administration order forbidding demonstrations. Police beat students into tight groups; some injuries; 150 arrests. 1/3 students attend classes. California college plan amts. to racial segregation; as admission standards rise, number of blacks at San Francisco State drops. [Faculty Adviser Juan MARTINEZ - if whites interested in minority groups, why don't they go to junior colleges and leave room for blacks in state colleges?] Students asking for education relevant to backgrounds; want approval of college union History of violence at college noted. Moderates enraged at police fob attacking students and at college for firing teacher George Murray, who urged students to carry arms. 2 college president resign; S.I. Hayakawa new president American Federation of Teachers strike for themselves and students. [HAYAKAWA - social problem excuse for escalating revolutionary activity.] [Governor Ronald REAGAN - will win battle to keep campus open.] [Black Students Leader Jerry VARNARDO - says Hayakawa's head should be chopped off.] What happened here lesson for other United States colleges.
REPORTER: John Laurence

Cronkite, Walter;
Laurence, John

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