Monthly Archives: April 1972

1972.04.22: Strike Today!

1972.04.21 -- Strike Today 1972.04.21 — Strike Today

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1972.04.21: Red Tide Emergency Issue [#2]: National Student Strike April 21

RT Emergency Issue National Student Strike

[1972.04.21]

RED TIDE EMERGENCY ISSUE

NATIONAL STUDENT STRIKE
APRIL 21

HIGH SCHOOL INDOCHINA CRISIS COALITION*

The war in Indochina is re-escalating. Nixon has bombed Hanoi and Hai Phong, the two largest cities in Vietnam.

We at Uni High must show that students will not allow this genocidal war to continue. In the recent Uni sit-in we saw that students do have power, if we demand it (note that the current issue of the Red Tide was approved.) The Staff of the Red Tide, with other organizations on campus and President Harris, are calling for a boycott of all classes at Uni on Friday. This is in conjunction with the national student strike in response to the bombing of Vietnam. There will be a high school rally at the Federal Building at 10:30. We ask all Uni people to be there. Meet at Barrington at 10:10 for a march. There will also be a rally at U.C.L.A. for all students. It will be at noon in Meyerhoff Quad.

BE THERE OR BE ELSEWHERE (NOT SCHOOL)

*an ad-hoc committee of high school students formed to protest the current re-escalation.

MARCH
April 22nd
10 AM ASSEMBLY
WILTON AND WILSHIRE

1972.04.01: Driver Ed. (Red Tide)

Driver Ed -- Red Tide

Red Tide, Vol. 1, No. 3 [Issue #3]
April 1972

Driver Ed.
[By Michael Letwin]

I had thought that even though the social studies, health, guidance and gym classes are full of propaganda, the pigs could not possibly inject it into every aspect of school, for example to carry it into the Drivers Ed. class. However I am now taking that class, and it seems incredible to me how the biggest function that the class serves is not to teach about driving. Instead it talked about the same stuff that we would expect to receive in almost any class.

Aside from being another advertising agency for General Motors, in driver training, car manufacturers donate cars so that people will see how “nice” they are and also for advertising, as the manufacturers put a sign on the side of the car stating their name in HUGE letters.), and other car manufacturers, the teacher and textbook will explain, not at all subtly, that everybody should obey all laws (not just traffic laws) that the government is really by and for us, that one should accept what the rulers say and do. Drunken driving is denounced in favor of power under control, a missile and a B-52 bomber.

Perhaps the most effective propaganda is the constant use of “him” or “he” when the teacher gives examples in class or when the textbook mentions different situations. This sexism is very subtle, however, it has a great impact on people, so that they tend to think in terms of men instead of people. This is not at all so trivial as it seems, as it is very effective in reinforcing the myth that only men are important and worth making examples of.

Practically the first thing that our teacher said to us on the first day was, “due to the rising amount of fervor for Women’s Lib, the first girl in each row will go get the textbooks.” This obvious intimidation was meant to ridicule a movement [that] is trying to allow women to be treated like people. . . . If and when a woman is mentioned, it is only in the context of a stupid person, a “rationalizer” for instance.

Almost all the people that I observe taking this class are totally unaware of all of this conditioning and therefore some of it cannot help but rub off on them. Aside from this propaganda, little else takes place in the class or in homework. We are assigned reports “about anything to do with driving,” and homework is assigned about what attitudes make a good driver.

The entire course is dragged out for 10 tedious weeks, when it could be condensed into 2 weeks at the most. The teachers know this, but for the sake of bureaucratic simplicity, we are forced to sit through the shit for half a semester!

This is only another example of Amerika’s destruction and disregard for people’s lives and minds. The purpose of such a class is clear once we stop and look at it. It is full of nothing, except the myth of the dream. I think that if students who have taken and are taking Driver’s Ed. look at what they learned from this class they will see that this is true. We have to try to see through as much of Amerika’s bullshit as possible to save ourselves and others.

[Historical Note: The Red Tide was a revolutionary high school underground newspaper and youth organization that existed from 1971-1981. See: http://theredtide.wordpress.com/]

1972.04.01: Bury My Heart at Uni High Indians Abused by School Policies (Red Tide)

[Historical Note: The Red Tide was a revolutionary high school underground newspaper and youth organization that existed from 1971-1981. See: http://theredtide.wordpress.com/]

Red Tide, Vol. 1, No. 3 [Issue #3]
April 1972

Bury My Heart at Uni High
Indians Abused by School Policies
[By Michael Letwin]

The issue of Indian mascots at Uni was brought up in Student Court recently. A woman from leadership brought the issue to the Court. The Student Court made a recommendation to the Student Senate that they take some action in this question. The Student Senate, in their normally efficient manner, postponed making any decision, [and] therefore no change has been made.

The Red Tide believes that the Student Senate should take immediate action in changing the mascots of Uni to names other than Indian ones, and that since Uni has helped distort the truth about the Indians, that the Senate take action to initiate programs that will the truth about the Indians.

America has net always been the polluted, ugly, shit-hole that it is today. Nor is the area where Uni stands always been the disgusting travesty of the word “education” that it is now. For Uni used to belong to the Indians, and all of the U.S. was once inhabited by Indians.

At Uni, mascots are called the “Warrior”, “Chief Mud-in-the-Face” and other degrading symbols of America’s racism and contempt for a race which did not believe in owning land or food or water, but one that shared and one in which there was room for all, which lived without destroying the world around it.

The Indians were not the “murdering, thieving, savages” that are portrayed on TV, but rather were a people lives were not selfish or centered around individuals but who cared for each other, the sick, the old, the helpless; all worked for each other.

A person can have no idea as to how grotesque the Uni Hi stereotypes of Indians really are until you have looked at the ideas and ways of life of White American society, and that of the Indians.

White society is geared to make people selfish and individualistic. The whole basis of our society is exploitation: “screw anyone you have to as long as you make money.” People give others as little as possible regardless of what they can afford. All of these things and many more have been drilled into us by way of TV, magazines, the paper, and most of all by the schools.

It is not hard to see that these aspects create unhealthy people, both mentally and physically. Thousands of people have nervous breakdowns and go insane everyday as a result of this system. White society does not care at all for the earth and recklessly destroys it for profit. These are many of the things that compose a capitalist society, an example of which America readily provides.

The Indians had a primitive communist society in which the land was for people to use, but not to abuse. There was a balance of nature and there was food and clothing for all. Cooperation was the essence of this society and the Indians were a strong people living happy lives.

These two societies are completely contradictory to one another. For Uni Hi to use Indians as mascots and names is a racist mockery of all that the Indians were.

The U.S. broke almost every treaty that it made with the Indians. The Indians trusted the whites as people and the whites destroyed them as gratitude. So the Indians finally learned that they could not trust the whites and that all the whites wanted was their land. They fought to the end to preserve their culture, way of life and lives. Who can say that this was unjustified?

The media has for years along with the textbooks, portrayed the Indians as the “bad guys”, but what made the Indians “bad guys”? The fact that they, like the oppressed peoples of Viet Nam, Cuba, America and Uni Hi, to mention a few, resisted and are resisting America’s death and oppression.

Every tribe of Indians as been lied to by the whites for years, and most of the land that the Indians once used has been stolen from them and given to the whites to mine, or timber or just generally destroy for profit.

Of course, the government was kind enough to give them land that could not be farmed, or used for any purpose except to infest disease, to the Indians and to give them corrupt Indian agents to steal the provisions “meant” for them, and to give them blankets deliberately infected with measles and malaria, in order to kill them.

For the Indians it was a struggle for survival, which for most practical purposes they lost. They lost to a society which has built Attica, San Quentin, the Pentagon, Hi school and countless other monstrosities, and which makes them everything that they are.

“I DID NOT KNOW HOW MUCH WAS ENDED. WHEN I LOOK BACK NOW FROM THIS HILL OF MY OLD AGE, I CAN STILL SEE THE BUTCHERED WOMEN AND CHILDREN LYING HEAPED AND SCATTERED ALL ALONG THE CROOKED GULCH AS PLAIN AS WHEN I SAW THEM WITH EYES STILL YOUNG AND I CAN SEE THAT SOMETHING ELSE DIED THERE IN THE BLOODY  MUD AND WAS BURIED IN THE BLIZZARD. A PEOPLE’S DREAM DIED THERE. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DREAM. . . . THE NATIONS THE NATION’S HOOP IS BROKEN AND SCATTERED. THERE IS NO CENTER ANY LONGER, AND THE SACRED TIME IS DEAD.”

–Black Elk of the Minneconjou Lakota (Sioux). One of the few survivors of the Massacre at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, December 29, 1890, in which the U.S. Army 7th Cavalry ambushed and murdered 310 of the Lakota tribe, in a partially successful effort to exterminate the Indians.

1972.04.01: Hassled Again (Red Tide)

Red Tide, Vol. 1, No. 3 [Issue #3]
April 1972

Hassled Again
[by Michael Letwin]

On June 13th, a group calling itself the Citizens Legal Defense Alliance (CLDA) verbally attacked the Red Tide. The CLDA objected to “an article about venereal disease, accompanied by fatale genital parts.”

The group called a news conference, where it demanded that the School Board take action to prevent distribution of the Red Tide. Edward Albertson, a leader of the group said:

“This paper being circulated on campus, indicates an approval ­- an approval by the Board of Education, an approval by all the laws governing these things and approval by the administration of the school.”

Oh yes, we have seen last year how the administration and school board approves of the Red Tide! But Albertson was gracious enough to say that he wouldn’t mind if we were circulated off campus.

“If it’s circulated off campus, of course all that approval is removed, it’s a paper they can get, and I know kids read things that maybe we thing they shouldn’t read. But I think that if the approval of authority is given to a thing of this sort, then it is an entirely different atmosphere.”

Actually the Red Tide does not want to have to be approved, and we are challenging that restriction in court, so in that respect we agree with Mr. Albertson.

A few days later, the group went to the Board of Ed. to demand that the paper be banned from all campuses, and that if the School Board didn’t, the CLDA would sue them and would also try to get the law allowing distribution of material repealed. We’re waiting for some action.

SOURCES:
1. Board of Education tape.
2. City News Service.
3. LA Times, Westside Section, June 25, 1972.

[Historical Note: The Red Tide was a revolutionary high school underground newspaper and youth organization that existed from 1971-1981. See:http://theredtide.wordpress.com/]

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1972.04.00: Why the Staff (Red Tide #3)

1972.04.00 -- Why the Staff -- ML article -- Red Tide