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Vernon Jarrett, Will arabs back ties to blacks with cash, November 6, 1979 article, St. Petersburg Evening Independent

Vernon Jarrett, Will arabs back ties to blacks with cash, November 6, 1979 article, St. Petersburg Evening Independent

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Vernon Jarrett, Will arabs back ties to blacks with cash, November 6, 1979 article, St. Petersburg Evening Independent
Vernon Jarrett, Will arabs back ties to blacks with cash, November 6, 1979 article, St. Petersburg Evening Independent

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From the St. Petersburg Evening Independent November 6, 1979.
?Vernon JarrettWhat about those rumored billions of dollars the oil rich Arab nations aresupposed to unload on American black leaders and minority institutions?“It’s not just a rumor. Aid will come from some of the Arab states,”predicted a black San Francisco lawyer who has close ties to officials of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).“The first indications of Arab help to American blacks may be announced inDecember.” said Khalid Abdullah Tariq Al-Mansour, formerly known as DonaldWarden, of the Holmes and Warden law firm. Al-Mansour is the lawyer who filed a friend-of-the-court brief in supportof OPEC last winter when the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) filed an antitrust suit against the 13 OPECcountries in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.The OPEC countries did not answer the price-fixing charges on the groundsthat a U.S. court did not have jurisdiction over a foreign country.However, Al-Mansour argued for OPEC as chairman of the Concerned Black Americans in Suppport of Africa and the Middle East. The suit was dismissedon Aug. 22. Al-Mansour, 39, for several years has urged the rich Arab kingdoms tocultivate stronger ties to America’s blacks by supporting black businessesand black colleges and giving financial help to disadvantaged students.In September, Al-Mansour said, he presented a proposed special aid programto OPEC Secretary-General Rene Ortiz when he visited OPEC headquarters inVienna. Al-Mansour urged the establishment of a fund that would provide$20-million per year for 10 years to aid 10,000 minority students eachyear, including blacks, Arabs, Hispanics, Asians, and native Americans.“The idea was fully endorsed by Ortiz and other OPEC administrators,” Al-Mansour said by telephone from San Francisco last week. He said thedecision on his educational fund will be made by the OPEC ministers whenthey meet in Caracas, Venezuela, in December.I also spoke with a representative of the information center for the Leagueof Arab Nations in Chicago concerning rumors of “heavy Arab contributionsand investments” in black communities in the wake of Andrew Young’sresignation as United Nations ambassador this summer.“It is quite possible,” an Arab spokesman said. “However, I don’t think anymoney will be given to individuals.” But he said he had also heard thatMoammar Khadafy, the leader of Libya, is planning to support blackorganizations “or institutions.” The spokesman did not name any individualsor institutions.The question of financial aid from the Arabs could raise a few extremely
interesting questions both inside and outside the black community. If suchcontributions are large and sustained, the money angle may become secondaryto the sociology and politics of such an occurrence.What will be the response in white America to the recognition that Americanblacks have influential supporters in foreign lands?Several of my media colleagues argue that such massive support will notcome from the Arabs. But suppose it does? How many black colleges couldafford to announce they are rejecting several million dollars annually inaid not only to their students but to the tottering colleges themselves? And what will happen if those college boards that do accept Arab aid arethreatened with a loss of domestic support?Of course, there is another question that focuses on how the black citizenis viewed by the American majority. Can the average American live with thethought of blacks being anything other than helpless — a people withoutany other resources than domestic “tolerance” and charity and their ownbootstraps?I’m not about to hazzard a guess as to what the Arabs are going to do nowthat they have discovered that blacks do have an interest in the MiddleEast. But I strongly suspect their advisors have made it clear that theymust do something to support those rumors.The new black advocacy of a homeland for the Palestinians and recognitionof the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), has put the Arabs as wellas certain black leaders on the spot. Suppose those black leaders whoopenly embraced Yasser Arafat suffer extreme shortages in financialcontributions because of their pro-Arab stands. And suppose the Arabs donot come to their rescue.Such a failure could cause American blacks to adopt a slogan made famous bythe Jews: “Never Again.”Vernon Jarrett is a distinguished journalist, historian, sociologist,television producer and host of a TV talk show.“http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=950&dat=19791106&id=RcFaAAAAIBAJ&sjid=GFkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6597

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