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Race War / San Quentin #205308

CBS Evening News for Monday, Aug 04, 1969
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(Studio) Prisons and inmates subject to stresses of outside world
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(San Quentin, California) Guards indicate mood of prisoners by "climate." 1 white and 2 blacks killed. 14 stabbed Race war involved. [BLACK - says it's 2 groups and everyone is a target.] [WHITE - says everyone will get hit.] 1/3 inmates black; call selves Panthers or Mau Mau. Whites call selves Nazis or KKK. Prisoner's voice describes black talking about white woman and how he feels about it. Blacks say for every black murdered, 2 or 3 whites will die. [Warden Lewis NELSON - says we're reflecting attitudes of street People act here, rather than talk about feelings.] Overcrowding is problem. [BLACK - says guards that bring in dope will bring in knives for other side.] [WHITE - says guards or "bulls" working against both groups.] Most weapons confiscated improvised in prison. [NELSON - tells guards he hopes there are no bad racial attitudes on their pts. Don't be target for attack,] Prisoners tell Nelson they've been deprived of routine privileges. His approach is moderate. [NELSON - says inmates to realize they have to live together.] He thinks his inmates are microcosm of outside world.
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Drinkwater, Terry
Duration:
00:06:20

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