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City Makers; McCoy: Urban Tensions

01/09/1969

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Series
City Makers
Program
McCoy: Urban Tensions
Series Description

An 8-part series on contemporary American urban problems. Hosted by Kenneth Clark, the program featured guests whose ideas and policies influenced the future of urban America.

The nation's "citymakers" struggling to free their fellowman from the tangle of urban dilemmas, lay the problems on the line in a new series on Channel 2. Joining psychologist Dr. Kenneth Clark will be big-city Mayors, among them Richard Hatcher of Gary, Indiana and Samuel Yorty of Los Angeles: urban experts, city councilmen, and welfare administrators.

Each of the eight programs is being produced on the campus of Brandeis University by WGBH's executive producer Henry Morgenthau for National Educational Television (NET). Director Mark Stevens. Nancy Hafkin, associate producer.

See February 1969 Program guide for cover story. Series release date: 1969

Program Description

This first program of an 8-part series on contemporary American urban problems deals with tensions in the ghettos. The guests are Rhody McCoy, administrator of New York City's Ocean Hill-Brownsville experimental school district, and sociologist Nathan Glazer. Dr. Kenneth B. Clark is host for the series. The subject of anti-semitism among black ghetto populations dominates this program. Particular attention is given to Ocean Hill-Brownsville. McCoy, although he doesn't deny there is anti-Jewish feeling in the school district, contends that the issue has been inflated by the Jewish teachers, who, he says, are using the charge of anti-semitism as a defense mechanism because they cannot otherwise account for their failure to educate the children of the ghetto. Glazer agrees that Jewish sensitivity to anti-semitism is largely "Irrational," but he attributes it to a long history of persecution of the Jews. He says that one reason why Jewish-black relations are so tense is that both groups are very fearful of prejudice and oppression, and "ultimately genocide." McCoy objects to this contention because, he says, the Jews cannot be considered a minority in the same sense as are the black people: "If you're talking about ... numbers, that may be one thing, but when you talk about it in terms of economics, then I don't think they fit in the realm ... of minorities. Stressing the importance of economic power, McCoy says he doesn't think "black people are going to have this power until such time as there's a real revolution... My honest feeling is that I will not live to see it." Produced on the campus of Brandeis University.

Duration

00:90:00

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Talk Show
Topics
Social Issues
Creators
Morgenthau III, Henry (Series Producer)
Citation
Chicago: “City Makers; McCoy: Urban Tensions,” 01/09/1969, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 11, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_467AA30BD17C4BA5BC0D90743211B903.
MLA: “City Makers; McCoy: Urban Tensions.” 01/09/1969. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 11, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_467AA30BD17C4BA5BC0D90743211B903>.
APA: City Makers; McCoy: Urban Tensions. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_467AA30BD17C4BA5BC0D90743211B903
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