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Alton Evening Telegraph (Newspaper) - September 26, 1970, Alton, Illinois Columnist John Roche asks Alton evening Telegraph saturday sept. 26, 1970 a-5 what Black people what workers by John p. Roche politics is a harsh calling for the pure in heart or a to put it More accurately a for those men and women whose claim to Power and influence is their alleged polls have consistently indicated that Wilkins and the a act Are the authentic spokesmen for the negro Community a polls among negroes that is not at a Leonard Bernstein cocktail party or at a staff meeting of the National Council of churches of Christ. Yet time and again we have seen the Media invent a new dynamic Black leaders who romped across the stage with various fancy Hustles a a reparations being the classic and vanished into the night. While entertaining White Liberal masochists who revel in their a guilt so these characters made on significant political contribution they were George Wallace a Best advancement. Next week s special Oil 254-4196 ladies dresses and 2-pc. Suits a a Eastgate shopping Center m Arians famous for Low everyday prices open sunday 12 noon to t . W. St. Louis ave. Near East Broadway righteousness. A messenger from god who takes his gospel to a political caucus automatically creates an atmosphere of suspicion. The usual reaction can be summarized in the old yiddish question a a what a his shtick a in Modem English a a what a his bag a self designated spokesmen for the Cosmos tend to take this scepticism rather badly. Believing with Henry David Thoreau that one Man and god Are a majority they Are affronted when politicians Tell them that a with All respect a god is not registered in this precinct. They might try concord.? this hard nosed attitude is often denounced As immoral. It does sometimes Hurt the feelings of Good people with tender consciences but in fact it is the crucial underpinning of the democratic system. The key to Power in a democracy is not spiritual self esteem but the esteem of others acting i n a non coercive environment. A democratic Leader is an individual with a constituency that is a group of people who have entrusted him or her with their political proxies. And any sound analysis of a political situation begins with the question what constituencies Are involved when for example somebody jumps up on a to screen and announces that he is a a Leader of the Black people or a a spokesman Tor the workers a one should instantly ask a which Black people a a How Many workers a this is an empirical question. No one can really Lake a constituency no matter How much cooperation he gets from the Media. You May recall that two years ago a Crew of negro Umon busters tried to set up an open shop in the Ocean Hiil Brownsville experimental school District in Brooklyn. There was a Messy strike in which a number of self propelled a Black leaders mopped up the headlines. Where Are they now when Oili Cial elections were held Tor a new Community school Board they refused to take them Case to the people and have no vanished. This a Media Gap a which constantly obliterates the line Between leaders with constituencies and dramatic Loudmouth Lias led a number of us on tile Liberal Side to enjoy vice president Agnew s needling of the Media. We look on this Brawl roughly As Golda men must View the struggle Between the palestinian guerrillas and the jordanian government we hold no Brief for either Side but figure that from the dead sea All roads go up any outcome will probably be an improvement on the status quo. Lets be specific. Recently the Media featured a decision by Core the Congress of racial Equality to abandon integration in favor of Black separatism. This was treated As a serious split in the a civil rights movement a and the director of Core promised a an All out War with the one automatically visualized a fierce civil War in the negro Community. In fact it was rather comparable to a declaration of War upon the United states by the Republic of the maldives. In any meaningful sense the National association for the advancement of coloured people a act rights movement a with 1,700 chapters throughout the nation and a membership of half a million it towers Over All other negro rights organizations. Unlike a number of noisy groups that raise Money by a Smau main go White liberals the a act has an Over a h e i in i n g i y Black constituency. Roy Wilkins its remarkable director never rushed to the cameras threatening to Burn Down the ghetto. Ile knows who lives there and they Are his constituents. Con to observe notice at Ivory Greensboro . Apr a teen Ager convicted of disorderly conduct for calling a policeman a pig has been sentenced to observe policemen at work on two Friday afternoons. Penney Days was never so exciting we give you an expensive look. Inexpensively. Io88 special buy. Special dresses. 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