Whitney Young

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Whitney Young at the White House, January 18, 1964.

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Whitney Young discusses civil rights and social issues. He notes that while the US government spent huge sums of money to aid European countries in the post World War II era, only a fraction of the nation's budget is spent on the poor. 60% of the budget is spent on war. He notes that the Catholic Church in the South has done more for the Negroes in the South and now Young wonders if the Catholic Church in the North will do the same.

Young goes on to discuss the Negroes role in the Vietnam war. Four times as many Negroes enlist, this might in part be patriotism, but it has more to do with opportunity that is available in the military that are not available in civilian life.

Young goes on to discuss the gross generalizations made about the Negro society based on the actions of a few.

He goes on to talk about Harlem, and that because of integration people have no reasons to go up there. He mentions his view that the World Trade Center should be built in Harlem.

Questions and answers follow, some relating to the Watts Riots.

For more on Young and this broadcast please see: http://www.wnyc.org/blogs/neh-preservation-project/2013/feb/01/whitney-young/

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72264
Municipal archives id: T3768