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Detroit Mayoral Race #2841

ABC Evening News for Friday, Oct 31, 1969
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(Studio) Mayoral race focuses on racial issue. "Detroit Free Press" carries full page advertisement asking; "Can you vote for a black mayor?" Black candidate, Richard Austin, bought the ad.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Detroit, Michigan) Blacks back Austin. Whites back County Sheriff Roman Gribbs. Blacks linked with crime rate and whites with trying to cut it back. [GRIBBS - says time we stopped criminals from getting away from punishment.] [AUSTIN - says Gribbs trying to ride badge into office by exploiting fears.] [GRIBBS - says helpless fear will destroy population] [AUSTIN - says won't exploit fear to become elected.] 40% population black. Austin's chances depend on white vote.
REPORTER: Howard Tuckner

Reynolds, Frank;
Tuckner, Howard

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