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Page 3 of Blue-Tail Fly, December 1969

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Hot to trot Freaks grab gobblers Each year, long about Thanksgiving time, the University of Kentucky Intramural Sports Department sponsors a cross-country Turkey Trot. And as a rule, the Greeks usually battle it out among themselves for the three five turkeys that are given as prizes. Until last year. Then, in an amazing upset, an SDS team (later accused of over emphasizing athletics) walked away with the individual and team honors and won two of the three turkeys. This year, with several veterans from that team (including first place winner Michael Fowler) running for the Freak team, the Greeks once-again went down to defeat. Fowler finished first once again and other Freaks finished third, fifth and thirteenth, to once again earn two of the three turkeys. After victoriously thrusting his black-gloved fist into the air, Fowler offered that the Freak team won "Because we ran faster than the other guys. Of course our spirit of revolutionary fervor and solidarity with the people helped, too." Another Freak team member, btf staffer David Holwerk, accounted for the Minting finishing kick which enabled him to place ninety-second in another way. '1 had to make it," he moaned, writhing in agony on the frozen ground. "I mean, we're all just a bunch of beautiful people trying to say something." The two turkeys were cooked and eaten on Thanksgiving day at a large scale Freak feast attended by about SO people, including the team groupie Bertha Lou Powers. Mike Fowler: Winner Agai protest, the black Indiana players issued a statement saying, "The 14 of us felt as though we were not being treated as men. This by no means was the first time we had taken steps to remedy racial matters on the squad." This is not an isolated incident. Last Spring 20 black players skipped Spring practice at the University of Iowa for political reasons. This fall at the University of Washington 13 black players boycotted the team, though 9 of the men were intimidated into rejoining by threat of the loss of their scholarships. The coach called for "100% commitment to Husky football." The school's Black Athletes Alumni Association called for the firing of coach Jim Owens on the grounds of his "uncompromising bigotry." A black assistant coach has resigned from the staff because of what he called the "inaccuracies and omissions" in the head coach's statements regarding reinstatement of the athletes. There has been another, equally political row going on in this year's college football scene. The entire black segment of the Wyoming University football squad, 14 in all, was kicked off the team when they participated in a protest demonstration against the racist policiies of one of their opponents, Brigham Young University. Brigham Young is a Mormon school. The Mormon Church denies full membership to blacks on the grounds that they are descendents of Cain and are inevitably damned for Cain's sin. The Director of Admissions of BYU came more to the point. "Their ideals of moral chastity are different," he said. Despite the fact of BYU's blatant racism, the Wyoming coach, Lloyd Eaton, insisted on strict adherence to his personal rule against athletes taking part in any political demonstration. Presumably this is to prevent any such embarrassment as happened at the Olympics. Many white players would have liked to have partici-pted in the Moratorium but were intimidated by their coach and stayed home. The 14 players wore black armbands and took part in a rally against BYU. Blaming "outside agitators," coach Eaton then suspended the team members. (Other actions Eaton has taken in the past, reported one of the 14 suspended players, include refusal to let a black player marry his white financee, and insistence on injured blacks playing while injured whites were excused.) After their suspensions the black players tried to discuss the issue with the coach. Ronald Hill, one of the 14, reported "He didn't even give us a chance to speak. Whenever one of us tried to speak he cut us off with 'bullshit' or'shut up' "-'He said that we had defied him so we could all go back on colored relief." All 14 stand to lost their scholarships next year if they remain off the team. The Wyoming 14 has consulted with the American Civil Liberties Union and are now suing the University for $1.1 million in damages, as well as asking for a court order forcing the coach to reinstate them on the team! In other actions, the San Jose State football team wore black armbands when they played against BYU. The Western Athletic Conference has also been asked to expel BYU from its ranks because of the school's ties to the Mormon Church and its racist policies. College athletes are notoriously exploited. Only about half of all college athletes actually graduate with degrees from the schools they compete for. Ushered about, given little or no encouragement or time to study, they are used and discarded like so much heavy-duty Kleenex, sopping up money and prestige for their school, before being squeezed dry. It's a good life for a while, before the pressure gets on you. And all that scholarship money and potential professional athletics cash is hard to pass up. Sports is one of the few areas where black people are permitted to excel. It goes along with the strong, dumb nigger routine. It fits the stereotype and is therefore less threatening than pure strength would otherwise be. This opportunity is often accepted gladly by black athletes who see no other path to the top of white America, and who accept the prescribed vision of the white pinnacle. Athletes have almost invariably been a-mong the most vociferously conservative individuals. Each is a Horatio Alger. Each is thankful for the opening which sprung him to the top. Each wants to keep what he's got, and being vocal can only blow it. Each knows what it is to be a nigger. It's a tremendously difficult decision to deny the graphic potential of the American Pie-in-the-Sky. Pro contracts can be so fat " the life so seemingly good. But black athletes are increasingly rejecting this as false vision. The athletes' demonstrations, and the hysterical, tyrannical reaction to them, are vivid statements that the days of Boola-Boola are indeed gone the way of all pigskin. Now, when blacks play they mean to win. Know your rights Bothered by pesky police prowlers? Worried that you might get a midnight knock on the door heralding the arrival of a noisy drug raid barging in on your tranquil home? If so, you may be interested in a new Kentucky Civil Liberties Union booklet entitled "Know Your Rights." The booklet outlines your rights for such occasions as search-and-seizure and stop-and-frisk situations. It's available at the KCLU office: (Note the new address) Room 405, 205 S. Fourth St, Louisville 40202. It's also available through the mail by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope. They're free individually, but 15 cents each for two or more. KCLU President Mrs. Suzanne Post said the booklet was especially designed to acquaint inner-city residents with their rights. However, it contains information everyone should be aware of. Louisville Police Chief CJ.' Hyde is distributing the booklet among his men for informational purposes. He commented that he would have preferred a pamphlet emphasizing the importance of cooperating with police. 'How many kids did you kill today?9 \ Liberation News Service "I remember the night before we went in...We were,briefed that everyting in the village was supposed to be wiped out...it was all considered V.C..supposed to be kilted." "Can you remember who gave the briefing?" "Uh, Captain Medina." "That was his unit?" "Yes, Captain of our unit...Company Commander... 'C Company " "How many civilians would you say were killed___one hundred, two hundred, three hundred...Were there more than that?" "All I can tell is everyone in the village...Animals and everything." That's what former GJ:, Charles Gru-ver, told television reporter Robert Ray of KWTR, Oklahoma City. Graver is one of several participants in the ...y Lai massacre who have been interviewed on tv. The massacre occurred on March 16, 1968 at My Lai, South Vietnam, when a company of U.S. soldiers murdered over 500 Vietnamese civilians. Paul Meadlo, a Vietnam veteran from Terre Haute, Indiana, says he killed a number of the My Lai villagers during the massacre. He gave the following interview to Mike Wallace of CBS. The interview was televised on November 24,1969. MEADLO: We landed next to the village, and we all got on line and we started walking toward the village. And there was one man, one gook in the shelter, and he was all huddled up down in there, and the man called out .and said there's a gook over here. WALLACE: How old a man was this? I mean was this a fighting man or an older man? MEADLO: An older man. And the man hauled out and said that there's a gook over here, and then Sergeant Mitchell hollered back and said shoot him. WALLACE: Sergeant Mitchell was in charge of the 20 of you? MEADLO: He was in charge of the whole squad. And so then the man shot him. So we moved on into the village, and we started searching up the village and gathering people and running through the center of the village. WALLACE: How many people did you round up? MEADLO: Well, there was about 40-50 people that we gathered in the center of the village. And we placed them in there, and it was like a little island, right there in the center of the village, I'd say. And - WALLACE: What kind of people -men, women, children? MEADLO: Men, women, children. WALLACE: Babies? MEADLO: Babies. And we all huddled them up. We made them squat down, and Lieutenant Calley came over and said, you know what to do with them, don't you? And I said Yes. So I took it for granted that he just wanted us to watch them. And he left, and came back about 10 or 15 minutes later, and said how come you ain't killed them yet? And I told him that I didn't think you wanted us to kill them, that you just wanted us to guard them. He said, no, I want them dead. So WALLACE: He told this to all of you, or to you particularly? MEADLO: Well, I was facing him. So, but the other three, four guys heard it and so he stepped back about 10, 15 feet, and he started shooting them. And he told me to start shooting. So I started shooting, I poured about four clips into the group. WALLACE: You fired four clips from you.. MEADLO: M-16. WALLACE: And that's about - how many clips -1 mean how many.. MEADLO: I carried seventeen rounds to each clip. WALLACE: So you fired something like 67 shots. MEADLO: Right. WALLACE: And you killed how many? At that time? MEADLO: Wen, I fired them on automatic, so you can't - you just spray the area on them and so you can't know how many you killed 'cause they were going fast. So I might have killed ten or fifteen of them. WALLACE: Men, women, and children? MEADLO: Men, women and children. WALLACE: And babies? MEADLO: And babies. WALLACE: OK, then, what? MEADLO: So we started to gather them up, more people, and we had about seven or eight people, that we was gonna put into the hootch, and we dropped a hand grenade in there with them. WALLACE: Now you're rounding up more? MEADLO: We're rounding up more, and we had about seven or eight people. And was going to throw them in the hootch, and well, we put them in the hootch and then we dropped a hand grenade down there with them. And somebody holed up in the ravine, and told us to bring them over to the ravine, so we took them back out, and led them over to - and by that time, we already had them over there, and they had about 70-75 people all gathered up. So we threw ours in with them and Lieutenant Calley told me, he said, Meadlo, we got another job to do. And so he walked over to the people, and he started pushing them off and started shooting.. WALLACE: Started pushing them off into the ravine? MEADLO: Off into the ravine. It was a ditch. And so we started pushing them off and we started shooting them, so altogether we just -pushed them all off, and just started using automatics on them. And then " WALLACE: Again - men women, children? MEADLO: Men, women and children. WALLACE: And babies? MEADLO: And babies. And so we started shooting them, and somebody told us to switch off to single shot so that we could save ammo. So we switched off to single shot, and shot a few more rounds. And after that, I just - we just -the company started gathering up again. blue-rail fly 3

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