NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 04, 1978
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(Studio) 2nd in series of reports on blacks in American since death of Martin Luther King, Junior, deals with black unemployment.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Milwaukee, WI) Black teenage unemployment and dropout rate changes in American over last 10 years reported; exs. of brothers, John and Jerome Robinson, of Milwaukee, cited. [John ROBINSON - thought he could quit school and walk into high-paying job. Has filled out several applications for work, but no one has called him.] [Jerome ROBINSON - began skipping school with buddies in junior high and forgetting about schools.] Robinsons' broken home, headed by Mrs. Robinson, described. [Jerome ROBINSON - says father doesn't stay with them and mother wants to do everything herself.] Statistics on black American families headed by women given. [Mrs. ROBINSON - would be really proud for some of children to graduate and go to college.] Jerome's attendance at remedial classes at Commando project noted; details given with regard to Commandos. [Jerome ROBINSON - describes being caught once at age 12 robbing house ] Guest lecture at classes by Muslim Mustafa Ali mentioned. [ALl - tells class they are blacks' future. Talks of blacks' reactions to Tarzan on television several years ago.] [Commando cnslr. Willie CUMMINGS - says crime will leave inner city and go to suburbs if blacks remain untrained and unhired.] [Cnslr. Harry HANNAH - says necessities of survival will mean crime.] [Cnslr. James SHANKLE - says half problem is youths' unpreparedness for jobs and other half is lack of jobs for them. ] [Commando board member Eugene EASTER - calls situation a hangover from slavery.] [SHANKLE - says it's institutional racism that's there before one is born.] Upcoming report outlined.
REPORTER: John Hart
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