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Background: Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said today that the Nixon Administration was "consciously anti-black" and "refuses to be sensitive to the needs of the poverty-stricken."
Abernathy thus split with some other black leaders, such as Whitney M. Young Jr. of the National Urban League and Roy Wilkins of the NAACP, who have contended that the Administration was not guilty of a conscious anti-black bias.
Appearing on NBC-TV's Today" show, Abernathy said that "when 5 per cent of the people control the wealth of 90 per cent of the land, the government is not doing enough."
He also criticized the Ad-ministration's guaranteed in-come welfare program. "We wanted a floor of at least $3000," sid Abernathy, "but Nixon comes up with barely half of that."
Meanwhile, Young's call for a black coalition to negotiate with the nation's white power structure was being denounced by militant blacks.
Young told the league's convention over the weekend that he envisioned a coalition ranging from "the Black Panthers right up to the Black Baptists" to press demands on while leaders.
His proposal, however, was denounced by some black militants.
Charles Kenyatta, who described himself as a dele-gate for "the unrepresented people," said "Young wants out of the league. He has gone as far as he can go." Nixon Post?
Young had been rumoured to be in line for a post in the Nixon Administration but said during a new conference Sunday that he had no word form the Ad-ministration regarding a job.
"Whitney wants to be a spokesman. He has to put the Urban League down be-cause you can't be a national spokesman and still remain head of an organization like the league," Kenyatta -- a former bodyguard of Malcolm X -- said.
"Every Administration had a black man as an overseer of the plantation. As I listened to his speech Sunday night I didn't know which way he was going. He had nothing to offer-the militants," said Kenyatta.
"His speech is the epitome of contradiction. It was the writing of a neo-integrationist," said a spokesman for the Third World Coalition, a militant youth group at the convention.
"Within a two-paragraph span Young said blacks had power (and then) he had whites with the power.
"Throughout the speech there is a contradiction of power. The Urban League can't relate to grass roots people which is evident from the conference," the spokes-man said.
The youth group, which has gone to the convention asking for a greater voice, charges that the league has tightened its program procedures to avoid disruptions.
"If we are denied our right to talk today it will only be speeding up his (Young's) downfall. Young is supposed to be available for discussions but we can never reach him," the spokesman said.
"We have some definite demands and we hope to present them before the conference is over. We are not here to disrupt or cause chaos but we are here to emphasize the contradictions between what the leaders are ex. pounding and what the people need and want."