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44-A-- Me.Ie* 4-C--We* 4-C~-I«* THI Authorities Tell How to War on fRecenttty, in a series titled "The Other Americans," the University of California Ex- plarer interviewed two nationally nationally recognized authorities authorities on poverty in the United States. 'The Explorer's guests were Michael Harrington, social critic and author of the best- telling book, "Tht Other America/* and Dr. Joseph Lohman, University of CoH- fornia. at Berkeley professor pick, of erimtnoloffy. Dr. Lohman headed on* of the nation's first volunteer training pro- gramt to combat poverty. Over 2000 requests were received received for printed copies of these programs. Because of the unusual interest in these interviews they have been made ready for further publication publication in news media: following is the colloquy: EXPLORER: Mr. Harrington, Harrington, in your opinion what should we be doing about poverty right now? HABRINGTON: I think one of th*5 keyi In the ttrategy in the war against poverty should be the Idea of 'Let us hire the poor to abolish pov erty.' By that I mean that among the poor you have a tremen dous amount of underem ployed and unemployed peo pie, although It's Importan to realize that the working poor, the poor who are hold Ing miserable lobs, are much things we know about poor people Is that they are all remendously under-educated or this society. It's not under-education that's the cause of their pov- rty. It's really the result of t, but that's one of tht most mportant facts about them. So Galbralth argues we hould have a national irogram where we should , say, 200 of the poorest districts in the United States of America and provide them with the best education, re- iruit the finest teachers, enrich enrich their education tremen dotusly. Not Federal Project In saying this Galbralth is well aware of the fact that if you simply raise education jut you leave the slum household household the same, you kave the abor market the same, you eave racial prejudice the same, you will find that a lot of what you do in the school s vitiated by these "non- school" educators that we lave in this society. However, he says this IB something we can do, so to speak, tomorrow morning. 1 think it's a good idea. I have only one difference with th« way John Galbrilth has proposed it. He wants this elite teachers' prpposl tion to be run on a federa level. But I think that this would run into so much trouble with ou think our line of attack i hould be? ! DR. LOHMAN: We haven't ufficlently gotten away fromj patronizing service point of dew. We think that we can lift «ople by example alone, or by admonition. But I think our greatest romise lies in recognizing he cultures that have de- eloped under poverty, under acial discrimination, under alienation and estrangement estrangement of youth -- recognize lat they exist, understand hem, and deal with these ollectivities on the assump- on that these are proud peo- Tr*in and Place Thrm In other words these people ave a contribution to make if hey are given an opportunity to work v at a solution of their roblemi rather than if the work is done for them. I think we can develop new ob opportunities. We need not alone to educate them and train them and compen- ate for some of the defeclen- cles that we find, but we as well to give them opportu nlty to perform the tasks. We must, so to speak, 'slot' .hem in the social structure. If we give them all the education in the world, but give them an opportunity to really realize upon that education, education, the effect can only to produce further cynicism and frustration. That means to make them even more hostile and greater enemies of the community than they already are, Give Then Opportinitr So I'm inclined to believe that we must give the poor opportunity to do the Jobs that are involved in dealing with poverty. We must give them an opportunity to build up their communities. W* must also de_velop talented leadership amongst them. And we must create new service occupations as a re suit of the revolution in technology, technology, to take up the slack that has been created by reduction in production occupations. occupations. ONTGOMERY

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  1. Valley News,
  2. 13 May 1965, Thu,
  3. Page 140

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