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Navy / Dissent and Racism #220768

CBS Evening News for Monday, Nov 20, 1972
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(Studio) On United States aircraft carrier Ranger, 2 dozen acts of sabotage disclosed between June and October One such act caused $800,000 damage. Off Vietnam, fire breaks out on carrier America, but sabotage ruled out as cause. In DC, House subcommittee investigates racial incidents on Constellation and Kitty Hawk. Chairperson Floyd Hicks says purpose is to determine if incidents are caused by breakdown in discipline.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(San Diego, California) 2 black sailors claim discrimination in medical care, liberty and leave. [Radarman Lonnie BROWN - says tension on ship so bad was locked out of his work area by whites. Racism is insult to him and to Navy.] [Electrician Michael DAWSON - says uneven punishment exists on ship.] 7 protesters discharged from Navy by their request. 113 punished for 6 hrs. unauthorized leave and reassigned.
REPORTER: Harold Dow

(Annapolis, Maryland) Annapolis is home of United States Naval Academy. Navy has tradition of strong racial discrimination. Now has classes at academy in black studies. [Student William KEREKES - feels program necessary for understanding.] [Student Robert FENLON - agrees.) [Naval Academy supt., Vice Admiral William MACE - says more blacks in Navy than before, so problems surfacing. Must get to roots of problem.] [Black student Wayne KENNARD - questions idea of rebellion. Says he's trained to do duty.]
REPORTER: Hal Walker

(Studio) 7 freshmen dismissed at academy for use of marijuana.

Dow, Harold;
Mudd, Roger;
Walker, Hal

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