The National Conference of Black Churchmen (NCBC) has called for a nationwide boycott of Atlantic Records to protest what it considers to be offensive lyrics on the latest Rolling Stones album, "Some Girls."
One line in the album's title song refers to "black girls" and their sexual preferences. It has stirred protests from black leaders, including the Rev Jesse Jackson of Operation PUSH, who recently complained about the song to Mick Jagger, the Stones' lead singer.
The Rev. Mance Jackson of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, executive director of the NCBC, declared tht "for a major corporation in this country to release that record out in the marketplace is an insult to all black people who try to live in dignity and respect in this country."
In its resolution, the conference urged black youth not to buy the record "out of curiosity," and called for protest at Atlantic Records' headquarters in New York City if the record is not promptly withdrawn from the market. NCBC offficials also will ask record dealers to return all Atlantic records in stock.
The NCBC, which was formed in 1966 as the National Committee of Negro Churchmen is an organization of some 1,500 black ministers and lay persons from both predominantly black and integrated churches.
In early October, Atlantic's board chairman, Ahmet Ertegun, said he would recommend to the company's board that the objectionable line be edited out of future pressings of the album. But he said he was unsure that the company had the legal power to take such an action without the authorization of the Rolling Stones.