Democracy Now! September 6, 2001

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Democracy Now! September 6, 2001
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South Africa attempts to forge a compromise over language on Israel and Palestine at the UN World Racism Conference as fallout continues over the US withdrawal from the conference.  Well talk to Reverend Jesse Jackson and Actor and civil rights activist Danny Glover; and a speech by South African Bishop Desmond Tutu on religion, racism, and reconciliation.

<br> 9:01-9:06 HEADLINES<br> BIG ROCKS THROWN AT CATHOLIC SCHOOLGIRLS IN BELFAST, IRELAND RECALL LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS Protestants mounted a noisy protest today as scores of Catholic girls walked a gauntlet of hatred for a fourth day to enter a Belfast school. &nbsp;Hundreds of Protestants, separated from the children by a tight cordon of police in full riot gear, blew whistles and horns and turned their backs to make clear the girls were not welcome in the Protestant street leading to the front gate of their Catholic school. But there was no repeat of the hurling of the pipe bomb or of the rock and stone throwing which erupted on Wednesday as the girls, some as young as four, walked with their parents to school behind the police lines. Protestant leaders said they were pleased there was no violence on Thursday, after images of weeping and terrified schoolgirls shocked the world.<br> GUEST: SUSAN BREEN, reporter, Irish Times<br> 9:06-9:07 ONE MINUTE MUSIC BREAK<br> 9:07-9:26 SOUTH AFRICA OFFERS COMPROMISE ON MIDDLE EAST LANGUAGE AT WORLD RACISM CONFERENCE<br> South Africa has drafted a proposed document circulating at the UN world racism conference today which called for the recognition of the plight of the Palestinian people but stripped out language which US officials say brands Israel as a racist state.The revised resolution was an attempt to bridge yawning gaps between the European Union and Arab states over language on the Middle East situation. The United States and Israel quit the conference on Monday over what they said was anti-Israeli language in a first draft document.The document recognized the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.The proposed draft also said the Jewish Holocaust should never be forgotten. European diplomats gave their cautious backing to the revised text but conference sources said it is unclear if it will be supported by Arab states. Meanwhile the fallout continues over the US withdrawal from the conference, which ironically has left grassroots activists as the de facto representatives of the U.S. in Durban. &nbsp;The continuing opposition of the US and European governments to language apologizing for slavery has likewise left Africans and African Americans wondering, why is it so hard for whites to apologize for and accept some responsibility for slavery and its legacy?<br> GUEST: REVEREND JESSE JACKSON, long time civil rights activist<br> GUEST: DANNY GLOVER, actor and civil rights activist<br> 9:26-9:27 ONE MINUTE MUSIC BREAK<br> 9:27-9:46 JESSE JACKSON AND DANNY GLOVER, CONTD<br> 9:46-9:47 ONE MINUTE MUSIC BREAK<br> 9:47-9:58 ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU SPEAKS AT WORLD CONFERENCE AGAINST RACISM Yesterday, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu spoke for the Ecumenical Caucus at the World Conference Against Racism. &nbsp;The Ecumenical Caucus, which has been meeting throughout the conference, includes of delegations<br> from the World Council of Churches, South Africa Council of Churches, the Lutheran World Federation, the United Methodist Church (U.S.), the United Church of Christ (U.S.), the Presbyterian Church (U.S.), and others The Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu is internationally reknowned for his non-violent campaign against the apartheid government of South Africa. In 1975 he was appointed Anglican Dean of Johannesburg, the first black person ever appointed to that position. In 1984 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, in recognition of his nonviolent campaign to limit international trade and investment in South Africa. &nbsp;He established the Southern African Refugee Scholarship Fund with his Nobel Peace Prize Fund. The Archbishop has also received dozens of honorary doctorates and peace from all over the world. His publications include "Crying in the Wilderness", "Hope<br> and Suffering" and "The Rainbow People of God".<br> After retiring as Archbishop in 1996 he became Chairperson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, and presided over the traumatic revelation of the secrets of apartheid. He has now taken up a position as Visiting Professor at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in the USA. &nbsp;He continues to speak out against injustice and oppression everywhere. &nbsp;Here is what he had to say yesterday, at the World Conference Against Racism in Durban.<br> TAPE: ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU<br> 9:58-9:59 OUTRO AND CREDITS

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September 6, 2001
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September 6, 2001
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59 min.
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