6A — Editorial Page — Saturday, July 31, 1965
An Independent Newspaper
Where The Times-Union Stands
On Progress in Local Race Relations
By PAUL MILLER
A newspaper has an obligation to review and report to readers,
from time to time, on its handling of a subject of continuing major
public interest and concern. Herewith: The progress of integration. . . .
Through special articles and editorials,
this newspaper endeavors constantly to promote progress in race relations. It is joined
with other Gannett Newspapers in the award-
winning "Road to Integration" program.
There have been constructive, visible,
measurable results from efforts by the Rochester newspapers—as by many institutions,
groups and citizens. Yet much remains to be
The Times-Union stands on its program
for Rochester. There follows a point-by-point
re-statement of the program this newspaper
has urged the community to support, and of
results as we see them.
1. Welcome Negroes to the ranks of the
employed, and help and encourage them in
More and more Negroes are holding down
good jobs, and various training programs will
enable others to qualify.
2. Support sensible public housing.
Little has been accomplished as measured
against existing need and continuing immigration.
3. Enforce the housing codes for both
owners and tenants.
Continuing newspaper emphasis on this
problem finally has aroused public and official opinion and brought some effective
4. Encourage private efforts, with or without government help, to improve Rochester
Much more can be done in this field. Various state and federal programs are available
to assist development of good low-income
housing by home-owners and private groups.
5. Provide special educational opportunities to meet the special needs of the disadvantaged.
Rochester School Superintendent Herman
Goldberg, with the support of the school
board, has thrown the full resources of the
public school system into this task.
6. Appoint more Negroes to the boards of
our public and semi-public institutions and
agencies, and increase their participation in
Rochester's political life.
On the whole, Rochester has been slow to
do this. Officials insist that one factor is the
understandable — but unwarranted — reluctance of some Negroes to serve for fear
of being called "Uncle Toms."
7. Patrol crowded areas to control crime
and delinquency, no matter what it costs.
There has been a marked improvement
under Public Safety Commissioner Harper
8. Assure equal treatment in all respects.
All citizens should have protection from
any abuse of governmental authority, police
or otherwise. Many avenues of redress are
open if needed. But the police must have community support. The Police Advisory Board,
however well-intentioned, is an example of
what NOT to do. It encourages disrespect for
the police and for the law, and we believe that
this is being increasingly understood by the
9. Combat poverty through public programs and self-help.
Rochester's local anti-poverty effort is off
to a good start.
. . . Road to Brotherhood
So much for The Times-Union's program
for Rochester, on which, to repeat, we continue to stand.
Today there is a new element in the Negro
community as the result of a professionally-
directed organizing drive. By some ill-advised
attacks on ill-selected targets, it has threatened to justify the apprehensions of those who
who opposed its being injected here.
But it could become a constructive force.
May this be the case!
In the meantime, we believe that there are
thousands, Negro and white, who are hopeful
of accelerating a mutual advance toward harmonious solutions.
These thousands know that you do not
promote brotherhood by deeds or words that
That you do not build interracial confidence and amity by sowing the seeds of interracial suspicion,
That you do not keep friends by abusing
And that you can never build up by tearing down.
Finally and again: This is a time for all
concerned — and whites in particular — to
practice patience as well as preach it.
"Support sensible public housing" — Sketch of 18 "town house" units for low-income families
in "cluster" public housing development planned by Rochester Housing Authority on Atlantic
Avenue at Merriman Street.
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