The Times-Tribune from Scranton, Pennsylvania on May 24, 1978 · 13
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The Times-Tribune from Scranton, Pennsylvania · 13

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' srmr ymrapf mpmfmm ' THE SCRANTON TIMES, WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 1978 Discrimination Criticized f? BONN, West Germany (AP) A black U.S. Army general, who was denied entry to a discotheque until someone mentioned his rank, is leading a drive to stop German innkeepers - from barring American soldiers. Brig. Gen. Harvey Williams, commander of the 15,000-member U.S. military community in Augsburg, said American GIs of all races. but primarily black are turned away at the doors of 10 night spots in the Bavarian city. Williams, 47, of Durham, N.C., said he decided to test admission policy at one Augsburg disco several months ago to get a first-hand glimpse of the kind of thing that was going on. He dressed in a sports coat and tie, but was stopped at the door and told it was a private club. When a companion mentioned his rank, the owner dropped the membership requirement, Williams said. The incident was widely reported in West German newspapers after the genef al told about his experience during a news conference last week to publicize Augsburg's Good tv Will Action to end discrimi- th Pirnll SR MEMORIAL DAY mL & BEST SELECTIONS FMESM and MOTIFICMIL GERANIUMS MIXED POTS CEMETERY LOGS CEMETERY BASKETS CEMETERY VASE BOUQUETS ROSES MUMS CARNATIONS DM 119 Penn Ave. 315 N. Main Ave. OPEN SUNDAY FLOWERS, GIFTS & LUGGAGE LOW PRICES COME SEE! nation against 'soldiers. - - I only mentioned it to show we werent dreaming up these cases, Williams said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. After Army officials documented numerous cases of discrimination over a period of several months, Mayor Hans Breuer promised the citys full cooperation in ending e practices. Breuer told reporters that 500 local restaurants and discos will be asked to post bilingual signs pledging admission for all persons who meet acceptable standards of dress and behavior. We wont shrink from taking legal actions to suspend business licenses if discrimination doesn't stop, the mayor said. He and Williams warned at the news conference that GIs might react violently if discrimination persists, German newspapers said. The Augsburg prosecutor has already filed Suit against one local disco which turned away a group of well-dressed black and white soldiers, including several senior enlisted men, who decided to challenge the entry rules. This test didn't just happen. Wed repeatedly been told to get documented evidence. And the soldiers decided among themselves to do it, Williams said. Cases of discrimination against American soldiers occur wherever troops are garrisoned in West Germany, even though the West German constitution outlaws bias because of origin, race, language, homeland, beliefs, religion or political stance. The Army has put some bars and restaurants off-limits to all GIs after German authorities failed to act on complaints by black troops that they werent admitted. Stuttgart Mayor Manfred Rommel, son of the late Erwin Rommel, the German armys Desert Fox of World War II, criticized local cab drivers in 1975 for refusing rides to black soldiers. The cabbies said it was a self-defense measure following several assaults on drivers blamed on GIs. . In the early 19708, the Army organized a command-wide Housing Referral Agency for GIs seeking private apartments for their families. German landlords who refused to rent to blacks were placed off-limits to all military families. In Augsburg, the disco owners have evaded laws against discrimination by claiming they operate private clubs for members only. They say soldiers are barred because they dont meet dress rules and are disorderly. On some nights when there are sufficient Germans to fill the place, the club member rule goes into effect. 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