(McCue Center) Remarks Prepared for the Third Annual Convention/United Youth Adult Conference, Morris Brown College, August 22, 1975

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NOW THAT THE INITIAL SKIRMSIH IN A LONG WAR IS OVER, THE BATTLE HAS BEGUN.

THIS IS A BATTLE FOUGHT ON SEVERAL FRONTS, FOR THE MINDS OF MEN, FOR THEIR POCKETBOOKS, AND FOR THEIR VERY SOULS.

WE ARE QUICKLY DISCOVERING THAT THE POLICIAL VICTORY WON AT THE POLLS WAS THE EASIEST OF ALL, WON WITH THE LEAST EFFORT AGAINST THE SMALLEST ODDS.

WHEN SAM MASSELL DEFEATED THE DOWNTOWN BUSINESS INTERESTS AND BECAME MAYOR IN 1969, HE DID MORE THAN DEFEAT THE MIGHT OF THE ATLANTA DAILY NEWSPAPERS AND THE NOT-TOO-LATENT ANTI-SEMITISM THAT RUNS RAMPART THROUGH THE CORPORATE CHAMBERS AND ALL WHITE BOARD ROOMS OF THIS CITY; BY BECOMING THE FIRST MAYOR OF ATLANTA TO WIN WITH MORE BLACK VOTES THAN WHITE VOTES HE BROACHED A WALL THAT HAD STOOD SOLID SINCE THE DAYS OF BOOKER T. WASHINGTON ATLANTA COMPROMISE SPEECH, WHEN SOME BLACK SOUTHERNERS TRADED POTENTIAL POWER FOR PROFIT IN THE MERCANTILE WORLD.

THE TWIST OF FATE THAT SAW MASSELL OPPOSE JACKSON FOUR YEARS LATER THREW MANY OF THE DISPOSSESED DOWNTOWNERS INTO A DILEMA - WHETHER TO SUPPORT THE BLACK MAN OR THE JEW, THE INFIDEL OR THE HEATHEN.

JACKSON TRIUMPHED, AND THE DIE WAS CAST, THE SECOND BATTLE AGAINST THE SECOND RECONSTRUCTION BEGUN.

THE LEADING FORCE WAS TO BE THE NEWSPAPERS, THE ORGANS OF PRIVILEDGE AND SPECIAL INTEREST.

HOW DID THEY ACHIEVE THIS POWER?

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DURING THE LATE 1930's OHIO INVESTOR JAMES M. COX BEGAN EXPANDING INTO THE SOUTH WITH HIS PURCHASE OF THE ATLANTA JOURNAL. NOT LONG AFTER, COX BOUGHT OUT HIS COMPETITOR, THE HEARST CHAIN'S ATLANTA GEORGIAN, AND SIMPLY SHUT DOWN THEIR PRESSES. IN 1952, HE BOUGHT THE ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, AND THROUGH THE AFFILIATED COX BROADCASTING COMPANY, NOW OWNS W.S.B. TELEVISION AND W.S.B. TELEVISION AND W.S.B. AM AND FM RADIO. FROM ITS ATLANTA HEADQUARTERS, THE INTRICATE COX CONGLOMERATE NOW CONTROLS TWELVE NEWSPAPERS (TEN IN THE SOUTH), FIVE TELEVISION AND NINE RADIO STATIONS, PLUS A SPRAWLING CABLE TV INTEREST, A TECHNICAL BOOK PUBLISHING COMPANY AND A MOVIE PRODUCTION OUTFIT.

THIS IS MONOPOLY AT ITS WORST. IN BRIEF, ONE SET OF ELDERLY WHITE MEN CONTROLS ENTIRELY WHAT MOST OF THE CITIZENS OF ATLANTA READ, HEAR AND SEE. SUCH A SYSTEM EXISTS IN RUSSIA AND CHINA WHERE IT IS CALLED BY ITS PROPER NAMES--DICTATORSHIP AND THOUGHT CONTROL. HERE WE CALL IT FREE ENTERPRISE.

IT IS NO ACCIDENT THAT THE EDITOR OF THE MORNING PAPER WILL SOON BECOME EDITOR OF THE FLAGSHIP IN THE HEARST CHAIN - A GROUP OF PAPERS DESCRIBED BY ONE CRITIC AS "A NAKED WOMAN RUNNING DOWN THE STREET WITH HER THROAT CUT."

THIS CONTROLLED MONOPOLY PRESS HAS ATTEMPTED ALMOST DAILY TO DESTROY ANY PUBLIC FAITH IN BLACK ELECTED OFFICIALS IN ATLANTA - THROUGH INNUENDO AND CHARACTER ASSASINATION, THROUGH DECEIT AND TURNED EVERY ATTEMPT MADE BY THE MAYOR TO PLACE BLACK FACES AT THE TABLE WHERE THE GOODS ARE HANDED OUT.

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THROUGH RACIST CARICATURES ON THE SCREEN AND IN PRINT, WE ARE REDUCED TO AMOS AND ANDY FIGURES, STEP-AN-FETCHIT FOOLS TAPDANCING TO DIXIE PLAYED BY THE PRESS.

IN ALL CANDOR, WE MUST ADMIT THAT SOME OF US MAKE IT EASY - TOO MANY OF US USE THE SORRY EXCUSE THAT "WHITE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR YEARS: ITS OUR TURN NOW."

IT NEVER WILL BE OUR TURN TO LIE OR CHEAR OR STEAL - HAVING A WHITE NEXON OUGHT NOT PAVE THE WAY FOR A BLACK ONE.

IF HAVING BLACK FACES IN HIGH PLACES MEANS ANYTHING AT ALL, IT MUST BE THAT OUR VOTERS EXPECT SOMETHING DIFFERENT - THEY EXPECT WE WHO SERVE THEM TO MAINTAIN A STANDARD HIGHER THAN THOSE WHOSE PLACES WE HAVE TAKEN.

ANOTHER ATTACK COMES FROM THOSE WHO WOULD DILUTE THE POWER WE'VE WON AFTER SO MANY YEARS.

MOST OF THE DISCUSSION ABOUT ANNEXATION STEMS FROM THE DISPLEASURE SEEN ACROSS THE STATE WITH BLACK MEN EXERCISING POWER.

THE TRADGEDY IS THAT ATLANTA DOES NEED EXPANSION, THAT THIS SEVERAL-COUNTY-AREA HAS TOO MANY GOVERNMENTS, AND THAT SOBER DISCUSSION OF THESE ISSURES IS CLOUDED BY WHITE FLIGHT AND WHITE FRIGHT.

FINALLY, WE ARE DISCOVERING THAT WHILE POLITICAL POWER CAN BE SHARED WHEN POWER DEMANDS, ECONOMIC POWER MUST BE TAKEN.

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