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Irene McCabe Speaking at Anti-busing Rally - Pontiac - 9-6-71 - CBS

by Matt Delmont

After wide shots of the crowd walking towards the camera (CBS estimated six thousand marchers, ABC four thousand), both stations cut to footage of McCabe addressing the large crowd from an elevated platform at the junior high school. CBS offered viewers of a medium close-up of McCabe encouraging defiance of the busing order . “How many are going to keep their children home?” McCabe asked to cheers from the crowd. Home, home, not a bus, nowhere but home [crowd cheers]. Don’t weaken, don’t get discouraged, don’t let their threats frighten you, because they wouldn’t hold up in court. And so what if they do, we’ll go together [crowd cheers and man, off-camera, yells ‘They can’t put us all in jail’]. If we don’t stand up now to this threat, we have no country left for our children. It’s not busing, it’s not integration, it’s Communism and we will not have it [crowd cheers]. McCabe’s final phrase, “we will not have it,” is nearly inaudible over her supporters’ cheering. These audible displays of support, coupled with crowd reaction shots, gave viewers their first glimpse of McCabe’s authority in local anti-busing politics.

Irene McCabe Speaking at Anti-busing Rally - Pontiac - 9-6-71 - CBS

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Irene McCabe Speaking at Anti-busing Rally - Pontiac - 9-6-71 - CBS

from CBS Evening News (1971)
Creator: CBS Evening News
Distributor: CBS
Posted by Matt Delmont
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