ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 23, 1978
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(Studio) Suburban Chicago federal judge's ruling allowing American Nazi party to march wearing swastika armbands reported.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Chicago, Illinois) Efforts of residents of Skokie, Illinois, many of whom are Jewish and survived Nazi concentration camps, to prevent Nazi march thru town described. Film shown. Judge Bernard Decker's rulings against city ordinances that would have prevented march outlined. ACLU's defense of Nazis and resultant loss in Illinois members noted. [ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) spokesperson David GOLDBERGER - states ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) responsibility to defend Constitution and says that's what they've done.] [Nazi party member Mike WHALEN - says Nazis should be allowed to march if blacks and Jews can do same.] Is noted Nazi march in Skokie scheduled for April 20, which is Adolf Hitler's birthday.
REPORTER: Hugh Hill Artist: Andy Austin
(Studio) Report on growth of popularity of Ku Klux Klan and of mbrship. among high school and college students.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(No location given) Background of KKK's growing visibility and decring. secrecy in recent years given; is noted that FBI no longer keeps estimate of number of mbrs., but that Anti-Defamation League does because of KKK's anti-Jewish attitude. Ku Klux Klan support for issues like anti-busing cited. Details about KKK's youth recruiting, hdqtrd. in New Orleans suburb of Metairie, LA, given and also about Klan's Grand Wizard David Duke. Photos shown. Description of Duke as Nazi sympathizer in college mentioned; his youth recruiting attempts in California, Arizona, OK, Illinois, IN, New Jersey and New York cited. [DUKE - describes views of Ku Klux Klan mbrship. growth, especially among high school and college students.] [Anti-defamation League spokesperson Irwin SUALL - says ADL investigations show that most students think Ku Klux Klan literature is joke and throw it away.] Formation of high school Ku Klux Klan chapters by some students outlined. [YOUTH - says Ku Klux Klan is backbone of white race of American; likes culture and what it stands for.] Upcoming report noted.
REPORTER: Bob Brown
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