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Stop Buying Japanese Cars, Blacks Urged

United Press International

A black congressman suggested today that U.S. minorities stop buying Japanese cars in order to protest a racial remark by Japan’s Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone.

Rep. Parren Mitchell (D-Md.) urged “all blacks and minorities to stop buying Japanese-made cars. If (Nakasone) knows that we are inferior, then we should not use his products.”

Mitchell’s speech to the House brought a round of applause by his colleagues, several of whom joined in protesting Nakasone’s remarks.

Nakasone provoked anger among American minority leaders after he suggested in a speech Monday that education levels in the United States were held back by “blacks, Puerto Ricans and Mexicans.”

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Mitchell said Nakasone should remember “that it was the (Congressional) Black Caucus that supported reparations for the Japanese (Americans) that were treated so badly during World War II.”

“Mr. Nakasone, does that show intellectual inferiority?” Mitchell asked.


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