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Nixon / Equal Housing Message #217339

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jun 11, 1971
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(Studio) President Nixon says Federal Govt. will not force suburbs to accept low income housing projects; makes distinction between racial discrimination and economy discrimination; says law allows for economy discrimination.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Black Jack, Missouri) Black Jack incorporated as city last August; passed zoning ordinance prohibiting construction of new apt. bldgs.; zoning prevents building of low income project. [Zoning commission chairperson Dr. Robert SCHUCMARDT - believes local people think Housing Secretary George West Romney will try to use civil rights act to beat them to submission.] People afraid of repetition of Saint Louis, Missouri, Pruitt-Igo, Housing Project disaster. [Reverend Elmer FIEDLER - fears "trash people" will move into area.] [SCHUCHARDT - says black families in town now middle income, well behaved.] [Project director John WRIGHT - believes city incorporated to block project.] ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) files suit against Black Jack, Missouri, challenging constitutionality of economy discrimination.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

Cronkite, Walter;
Pappas, Ike

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