Independent from Long Beach, California on January 24, 1975 · Page 16
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 16

Long Beach, California
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Friday, January 24, 1975
Page 16
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A.16-JND£PENOENT (AM}_ , ..____.11S5 : TEIEGRA _ , ..____. TODAY'S WORLD 10 more years urged on voting literacy ban "This exclusive model has been designed for the man of stature and vision who has confidence that America will surmount the fuel crisis." WASHINGTON (UP1) - The U.S. Civil Rights Commission T h u r s d a y recommended t h a t Congress extend the liX)!) Voting Rights Act and ban literacy tests for another 10 years to fight discrimination at the polls. In a -178-page report, t h e c o m m i s s i o n s a i d progress has been made in states covered by the act, but minority citizens are far from full partici- · pation in the electoral process. Minority voter registration lags behind that of whites in most areas, the commission s a i d , and "minority citizens have not gained a real foothold in being elected to major statewide offices." Past years of physical violence and threats -both real and economic -- also have "left widespread fear of retaliation f o r p o l i t i c a l participation" among minorities, the report said. In southern states, low p a r t i c i p a t i o n a m o n g blacks was blamed on h a r s h r e g i s t r a t i o n requirements and the "uncooperative and sometimes hostile behavior" of registrars and election officials, most of whom are white. The voting rights act Ford to seek 5-year voting act extension WASHINGTON (UPI) -- President Ford told a g r o u p of b l a c k newspaper executives Thursday t h a t black Americans will get more than "a small portion of the pie" in benefits under his economic recovery program. "Blacks in our society have too often been men- tajly segregated by some thjjikers and planners who acted as if blacks diB not have the same expectations and prob- l e m s as o t h e r A m e r i cans," he said. "I promised at the very beginning of my a d m i n i s t r a t i o n to be President of all the people and I'm keeping that pledge ... The administration will not slice off a small portion of the pie and say this is enough for the 25 million Americans who are black." Ford spoke at the Executive Office Building next door to the White House to members of the National Newspaper Publishers Associ- a t i o n , an u m b r e l l a o r g a n i z a t i o n f o r t h e m a j o r i t y of s l i g h t l y more than 200 black-oriented newspapers in the nation. The crowd of about 200 g a v e the President a friendly reception, interrupting his speech several times with applause -- especially w h e n he said he was asking for another five-year extension of the 1965 Voting Rights Act due to expire in August. The law "has helped open the way for the e l e c t i o n of b l a c k s " around the nation, he s a i d , and "that move- m e n t m u s t be continued." Critics of the Presi- d e n t ' s a n t i r e c e s s i o n program h a v e argued that it is not weighted heavily enough for the poor and middle class. They have focused on Ford's proposal for a 12 per cent rebate on 1974 taxes for individuals, with a $1,000 maximum per return, and ' argued that Ford was not doing enough to c u r b u n e m - ployment that reached 7.1 per cent last month. "We know that many of the serious problems f a c i n g Americans -unemployment, . u n s a f e streets, unequal education -- too often press more heavily on blacks t h a n on o t h e r m i n o r - ities," Ford told the newspaper executives. He defended his tax rebate proposal, saying "one of the major concerns was to see that the burden of the recession did not fall on those least able to pay or to afford it -- our low income citizens." In conclusion, Ford re- m i n d e d the audience t h a t "much h a s been done" in the civil rights field in recent years. But he said "I know how much work remains before every child born in America has the same opportunities for l o n g life, economic security and educational achievement." c a r r i e s a n u m b e r of provisions to remedy discrimination in voting, but the cornerstone of the legislation is a section requiring the Justice Department to "preclear" any change in election l a w s t h a t m i g h t disenfranchise minorities. THIS p r e c l e a r a n c e provision has been ade-. q u a t e l y enforced o n l y since 1971, the commission said, and it is essential it remain in effect to g u a r d a g a i n s t reappor- t i o n m e n l p l a n s t h a t w o u l d d i l u t e minority voting strength. Noting that all states m u s t r e a p p o r t i o n congressional and legislative districts plus municipal and county areas after the 1980 census, the commission said it is imperative the Justice Department review those plans f o r d i s c r i m i n a t o r y e f - fects. A l t h o u g h m i n o r i t y citizens no longer are excluded from the election process, "the widespread use of racial gerrymandering and manipulation of voting rules ... dilute the effect of their partici- p a t i o n a n d m i n i m i z e hard-won success at the polls." AMONG other things, the commission recommended that civil penalties or damages be imposed, for violations of the p r e c i e a r a n c e r e q u i r e - ment, and that assistance be provided to those not fluent in English. The voting rights act, which will expire Aug. 6 without a c t i o n by Congress, covers all of Ala- b a m a , Georgia, Louisia n a , .Mississippi, South C a r o l i n a and Virginia p l u s three counties in N o r t h Carolina. Also c o v e r e d are scattered j u r i s d i c t i o n s in New Y o r k , Arizona, C a l i f o r - nia, Idaho and Wyoming w i t h large numbers of Spanish-speaking or Indian citizens. All super buys! 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