ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 23, 1968
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(Studio) 22,000 police continue slowdown and demand more pay, as did 10,000 firemen. Sanitation workers seek new salary. Mayor John Lindsay concedes that teachers' strike now beyond issue of job security and community responsibility. Racial and religious division noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(NYC) [LINDSAY - says strike degenerated into intolerable racial and religious tension. Cites usage of religious epithets.] Most of NYC teachers are white and Jewish. [STRIKING TEACHER - recites phrases hurled at him: "heil Hitler", "Jew bastard" and "we'll finish off those of you Hitler didn't."] [2nd striking TEACHER - says many black militants brought anti-Semitism into it.] [Striking teachers' leader Albert SHANKER - says new board of education approved courses in race hatred at junior M-S 271. Course on revolution to be taught by a man now in jail for conspiracy in attempted murder of moderate civil rights leaders Course in org. demonstrations to be taught by Sonny Carson.] [PARENT - says Shanker brought racial thing into picture.] [2nd PARENT - says he is anti-anything that's anti-black.] [Chairperson Experimental District Bd. Rev. Herbert OLIVER - says he has heard anti-Semitic remarks. Doesn't approve of them. All-white group accuses them of racism. Disturbed that children must be entrusted to those who're conducting selves like this.] [2nd PARENT - says union opposed to black and Puerto Rican communities controlling money and policy.] Some whites oppose strike and are for black efforts at self-determination. [Non-striking TEACHER - blames institution of white racism.] Children have learned about racism.
REPORTER: Marlene Sanders
(Studio) Suspended local school board offers to return 79 of 83 ousted teachers. Union rejects proposal.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
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