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PRESIDENT BUSH TO APPEAR ON BET'S 'CONVERSATION WITH ED GORDON' MAY 28

PRESIDENT BUSH TO APPEAR ON BET'S 'CONVERSATION WITH ED GORDON'
 MAY 28
 WASHINGTON, May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. President George Bush is the featured guest on Black Entertainment Television (BET) News' "Conversation with Ed Gordon" Thursday, May 28, at 8:30 p.m. EDT. This is the first nationally televised one-on-one interview President Bush has granted since his return from surveying the Los Angeles uprising.
 BET News anchor Ed Gordon talks to President Bush about criticisms of his administration's response to the unrest in Los Angeles, his views on civil rights and allegations that his administration has fostered racial intolerance in the United States. This is the second "Conversation" Gordon has conducted with President Bush since his taking office.
 Following are excerpts from the 30-minute program:
 On the Question of More Urban Rebellion this Summer
 "I try to avoid predicting that things are going to erupt this summer. ... I don't want to do anything from the White House that would look like an invitation to correct injustice through riots, through terror, through brutalization of a neighbor, through encouraging understanding of gangs. We can't do that, and I won't do that as president."
 On Willie Horton and Fostering Racial Intolerance
 "Willie Horton was not about race. ... It's been converted by my political opponents and the liberal establishment to using it (the Willie Horton controversy) against me on race issues. I'm going to resist it. The ad we did had nothing to do with race, so when I hear about Willie Horton, I'm going to remind people that it wasn't about race."
 Why Aren't Blacks Fully Included in the Political/Economic System
 "Sometimes, in the past, discrimination. ... Sometimes, a welfare ethic that just has not been good. ... It is not right to have a welfare system that breeds this kind of generational dependency. ... We're trying to change it (the system) ... in a positive way."
 On Black Voters
 "I also think Black Americans are tired of being taken for granted by the one party they've voted for throughout the years. They are being used by the Democratic Party."
 On "Law and Order" Being Code Words for Keeping Blacks "In Their Place"
 "For some liberal whites to sit around saying when you talk about law and order, that that is a racist appeal. I reject it, I don't believe that."
 On Violence to Returning Haitian Refugees
 "If there is any harassment of those refugees who are returned, it is minuscule. The government, with all its warts down there that overthrew a democratically elected leader, has not been torturing and persecuting those who don't pass the screening to determine whether they are political or economic refugees. So that's moderately good news."
 "Conversation with Ed Gordon" provides viewers a look at notable personalities who discuss a variety of personal and professional topics. On April 14, "Conversation with Ed Gordon" featured an exclusive interview with former Washington Mayor Marion Barry two weeks before his release from prison.
 BET is the nation's first and only cable television network providing a platform for quality programming targeted toward the African-American audience. BET presents the best in entertainment, music videos, news, public affairs, jazz, specials, off-network sitcoms, gospel and college sports. BET, part-owned by Tele- Communications, Inc. (TCI) and Home Box Office (HBO), is currently available in 33.4 million households.
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