Gerald Ford on Education
President of the U.S., 1974-1977; Republican Rep. (MI)
Q: Your campaign has run ads in black newspapers saying that "for black Americans, President Ford is quietly getting the job done." Yet, study after study has shown little progress in desegregation and, in fact, actual increases in segregated schools and housing in the Northeast.
FORD: I am very proud of the record of this administration. The Department of Justice is fully enforcing, and enforcing effectively, the Voting Rights Act--the legislation that involves jobs, housing for minorities, not only blacks but all others. The Department of HUD is enforcing the new legislation that takes care of redlining. The office of small business has a very massive program trying to help the black community.
CARTER: The description just made of this administration's record is hard to recognize. This country changed drastically in 1969 when Nixon and Ford became the Presidents. [Under JFK and LBJ] there was hope for those who were poor and downtrodden or in minority groups. That time has been gone.
CARTER: I would not work hard to support any of those.
FORD: [On school prayer] I think this is a reasonable and proper way to proceed. I believe also that there is some merit to an amendment that Senator Everett Dirksen proposed very frequently, an amendment that would change the Court decision as far as voluntary prayer in public schools. It seems to me that there should be an opportunity, as long as it's voluntary, as long as there is no compulsion whatsoever, that an individual ought to have that right. I think such a constitutional amendment would be proper. [On amendments for both school prayer and abortion], they are matters of very deep conviction, and in those two cases I would favor them.
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