Reporter: Whipkey, Jim.
In this WSB newsfilm clip from September 26, 1971 reporter Jim Whipkey interviews Andrew Young in Atlanta, Georgia about race in the United States and the possibility of an African American president.
The clip is divided into three parts. The first part begins with Andrew Young commenting about people concerned with the United States. His comment is not completely recorded. The clip breaks and the camera focuses on Young's hands. Young speaks about secrecy in the United States and the challenge for people to speak freely when they worry about what the press might report in a situation. After another pause, Young mentions the need for the Democratic Party in the United States to remember that African Americans are strategically spread throughout the country. He refers to a comment made by politician Julian Bond that in 1960, no one would have thought a Catholic or someone of Polish descent could be elected president of the United States. But, Young continues, in 1960 John F. Kennedy, a Catholic, was elected. Young explains that in the United States we have to move to a position where a person can be elected based on merit and not on race or national origin. Reporter Whipkey asks Young if he thinks an African American could be elected president of the United States. Young asserts that he believes it will happen "in our lifetime." The b-roll for this clip shows reporter Jim Whipkey sitting outside a building listening to Young speak. It is silent.
During the second part of the clip, Whipkey asks Young about charges that meetings Young recently participated in are "reverse racist." Young explains that there are several organizations around the country that focus on the needs of various racial and ethnic communities. He claims the United States is a composite of many races. He rejects the "melting pot" analogy, preferring to compare the country to a stew where individual components preserve integrity and identity. The clip ends with Young declaring his preference for stew over soup.
Andrew Young has worked as a minister, a leader in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, mayor, congressman, and ambassador. Young was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and now resides in Atlanta.
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