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American Renaissance

There is not a truth existing which I fear or would wish unknown to the whole world.
— Thomas Jefferson
Vol. 13, No. 2 February 2002

Milking the Dream


How the King family lent Social Change. It has some exhib- ment, few were rude enough to point out
its and a gift shop, but its main job ap- that such punctilious insistence on in-
trades on the MLK myth. pears to be to cash in on martyrdom. The tellectual property rights ill becomes the
family’s pursuit of money has been so family of a man who was, himself, a life-
by Jared Taylor single-minded it has often made it hard long plagiarist.
In 1996, the King Center sued CBS

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artin Luther King, Jr. was un- because it included excerpts from the
doubtedly the most famous “dream” speech in a five-part video se-
black activist of what is ries called The 20th Century with Mike
known as the civil rights period. He was Wallace. CBS had filmed the speech in
an adulterer, plagiarizer, and Commu- 1963, and not surprisingly thought it had
nist sympathizer, but even in the 1950s the right to its own archives. The King
and ’60s the white establishment was center thought otherwise, and sued for
hesitant to criticize so eloquent a spokes- royalties, giving up only after it lost both
man for racial integration. By the time in trial court and on appeal.
of King’s assassination in 1968, he was The saintly veil that has been cast
an advisor to presidents, Nobel Peace over King and everything he touched has
Prize winner, and recipient of countless no doubt kept a lot of ugly maneuver-
honorary degrees. ing out of the public eye, but by 1987
As was the case with Presidents Lin- the pattern was clear. That year, Mrs.
coln and Kennedy, assassination at a King and the King Center sued Boston
time of national prominence probably University to get back 83,000 King pa-
ensured far greater fame than would In the days before the gravy train. pers the university had held since the
have a full career. King was a man of 1960s. The King Center already had
abiding flaws that would have become for others to use King’s name and words, more than 100,000 such papers but
impossible to ignore. Also, once the tra- and its constant demand for royalties has wanted every single one. After six years
ditional “civil rights” program of inte- sometimes blocked even the most favor- of legal skirmishing, the case went to
gration, voting rights, and racial prefer- able portrayals. trial. Boston University produced a 1964
ences was achieved, he would have had The Kings have copyrighted nearly letter from King saying his papers were
to endorse ever-more radical demands— every word the patriarch uttered, and are to become the university’s “absolute
demands that would have cost white ruthless about asserting their rights. In property” upon his death. Mrs. King
support—to keep from losing the lime- 1993, for example, the family sued USA claimed never to have seen the letter.
light to Black Muslims, Black Panthers, Today, which had celebrated the 30th The university then produced a letter she
and other militants. Indeed, although herself had written in 1967 acknowledg-
King is still an obligatory hero to whites, The Kings have copy- ing the existence of the earlier letter.
many blacks now think of him as some- Mrs. King then switched tactics and in-
thing of a trimmer and a Tom, certainly righted nearly every sisted King had changed his mind about
in comparison to someone like Malcolm word the patriarch ut- where the papers were to end up, but
X. tered, and are ruthless could show no evidence for this. A
Assassination, therefore, came at the about asserting jury—including two blacks and a His-
perfect time to establish a glowing King panic—found for the university in 1987,
legacy. It also came at the perfect time their rights but Mrs. King would not back down. She
to establish for his widow and children kept the appeal process going until she
a well-paid profession as bereaved fam- anniversary of the 1,600-word “I Have lost decisively in 1995.
ily members of the Great Man and offi- a Dream” speech by reprinting it. The When it comes to suing, the Kings
cial custodians of the legacy. family would not relent, and the news- judge not by the color of someone’s skin
The very year of the assassination, paper finally paid a $1,700 reprint fee, but by the content of his bank account.
Mrs. Coretta King established the Mar- plus the King Center’s considerable le- Henry Hampton is a black film producer
tin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonvio- gal costs. In the current era of abase- Continued on page 3

American Renaissance -1- February 2002


“The Armenians, too, have resisted
stoutly the pressure of Islam to force
them away from their ancient Christian
faith. This people really represents the
last outpost of Europe toward the Mo-
hammedan East and constitutes the best
remaining medium through which West-
ern ideals and culture can be introduced
into Asia.”
I am for a broad definition of Euro-
pean-American that is not defined ex-
clusively by physical traits. We are not
just white people (although race is of
central importance), but are defined by
a long and glorious common history.
Failure to take account of cultural ties,
and undue emphasis on physical traits
Letters from Readers Sir—Dr. Trask’s ethnic classification
scheme is a step in the right direction,
lead to needless division among us.
Finally, Dr. Trask writes of an “Af-
Sir—The problem raised in Dr. but it conflates “race” and “ethnicity.” ghan” ethnicity. The failed state we call
Trask’s January cover story is a crucial An ethnic group is defined not only by Afghanistan is a multicultural hell, made
one and it is necessary to rewrite the race and geography but by culture. I up of contending Indo-Iranian and
census’ racial classifications, but his suggest four broad criteria for European Turkic tribes.
proposal is insufficient for two reasons. Americans: (1) Caucasoid features, (2) Name Withheld
First, he confuses phenotype (e.g., Nor- descent from the native peoples of West
dic) with ethnicity (e.g., Slavs). Second, Eurasia, (3) Christian orientation, (4)
he puts some groups into the wrong cat- Indo-European (Aryan) language. These Sir — Prof. Hoppe makes some in-
egories. With respect to phenotype, one factors govern how easily immigrants teresting points in his book as reviewed
can argue that Germans are as much assimilate. Still, my four criteria are only in the January issue, but supporters of
Alpinid as Nordic, and aren’t some a rule-of-thumb analytical framework. decentralization cannot explain how
Balts, Russians, et al. “Nordic” also? Each group would have to be judged decentralized mini-states will defend
With respect to ethnic groupings, Balts individually, and many groups we ac- themselves against massive, centralized
are not Slavs, and his catchall Mediter- cept do not meet all four criteria. powers like China, whose threatening
ranean group is unsound. Dr. Trask in- For example, Hungarians are Cauca- rise has been discussed in AR. The small
cludes not only Southern Europeans sians, inhabit Europe, and are Christians. nations so admired by Prof. Hoppe and
(Spaniards, Italians, Greeks), but also They do not speak an Indo-European his fellow decentralizers can exist only
Hungarians and Jews. Hungarians are a language but are clearly 100 percent because they are protected by major
Finno-Ugric Central European people European. Bosnian Muslims are cer- powers such as the United States. If the
mixed with Germanic and Slavic blood. tainly Caucasian (often even Nordic), United States goes the Hoppe route
As for Jews, genetic studies identify are within Europe, and speak an Indo- while China continues its march to su-
them as a Middle-Eastern people, more European language. However, they are perpower status and hegemony, who will
appropriately put into that category, or not historically Christian, having been protect the small states from Chinese
in a separate group of their own. converted to Islam during Ottoman rule. avarice? Who will protect the mini-na-
Most whites identify themselves by Since their loyalty would tend toward tions of what was once the United
ethnicity. Perhaps we should just list all an alien civilization, I would not define States? Prof. Hoppe’s idea that “private
the European ethnicities. If the idea is them as Europeans, and would not insurance companies” can do the job is
to get accurate information, the slight readily accept them as immigrants. What absurd. Are Prudential, Allstate, and
inconvenience of a longer list is well about Lebanese Christians? They are Metlife going to become nuclear pow-
worth it. Ethnic groupings such as racially-mixed Arabs who speak a ers, complete with H-bombs, ICBMs,
Celtic, Anglo-Germanic, Slavic, Greco- Semitic language, but are located within and Trident submarines? Who will be
Latin, Baltic, etc. are a possibility. In historical Europe and are Christian. the stockholders of these companies?
either case, a “mixed” category is They are a close call, but I would still How will they be kept free from foreign
needed because of the mixing that has accept them as Europeans. infiltration? What if they go bankrupt?
taken place among European Ameri- Dr. Trask classifies Armenians with Ultimately government is not intrin-
cans. Also, since I assume most Jews Turks, but that is not correct. Armenians sically good or bad; that is determined
would not want to be included in the are Caucasoid, speak an Indo-European by who controls the government, and for
Middle Eastern category, I would sug- language, inhabit one of the far outposts what purpose. A racial-nationalist gov-
gest a separate category for them. These of Europe, and are historically Christian. ernment controlled by an idealistic elite
proposals are more reflective of ethnic They are clearly far better candidates for (no “democracy!”) will not necessarily
realities than ill-defined Nordic, Slavic, the American melting pot than Muslim be bad for the white race. In fact it will
and Mediterranean groupings. Turks or Iranians. As the great Madison be needed for our survival.
Ted Sallis, Tampa, Florida Grant put it: Michael Rienzi

American Renaissance -2- February 2002


dream would remain unslain, all accu-
American Renaissance sations of diluting history would be
Jared Taylor, Editor withdrawn, and the government could
Stephen Webster, Assistant Editor go ahead with its visitor center if the
James P. Lubinskas, Contributing Editor Park Service would only ante up another
George McDaniel, Web Page Editor $1 million a year.
This was too much even for many
American Renaissance is published monthly by the blacks. Congressman John Lewis, who
New Century Foundation. NCF is governed by section had been one of King’s collaborators,
501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code; contributions sided with the Park Service. Even Jo-
to it are tax deductible. seph Roberts, then minister of Ebenezer
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accused the Kings of “shortsighted lead-
Continued from page 1 By the time the Kings got into a fight ership” and “profit mongering.” People
who made the now-famous civil rights with the National Park Service, their began to point out that the King Center
television series, Eyes on the Prize, reputation for money-grubbing was so is supposed to be dedicated to “research,
which was broadcast in 1987 with a se- bad even liberals were disgusted. In education and training in nonviolent
quel in 1990. In 1992, the family de- 1980, the family had asked the Park philosophy and strategy,” but all it does
manded money from Mr. Hampton’s Service to help administer the part of is peddle “the legacy.” The Park Service
production company Blackside, Inc. be- Atlanta now known as the King Historic went ahead with its visitor center but left
cause the series used footage of Rev. District. This sycophantic designation some of the exhibits pointedly empty
King. Mr. Hampton offered $100,000. includes King’s house and the Ebenezer because the Kings refused to turn over
The family sneered at this figure and Baptist Church, where he preached. The papers and artifacts they had promised.
launched what Mr. Hampton called “an feds turned the area into the third most
aggressive attempt to get an enormous popular historic site in America after the
Statue of Liberty and Independence Hall
in Philadelphia—and paid the King Cen-
Dexter King has visited ter $535,000 a year for the privilege. In
Graceland—twice—to 1994, the Park Service started work on
study how the Elvis an $11.8 million visitor center across the
street from the King Center. Although
“legacy” is marketed. they had known of the project for years,
the family waited until construction had
amount of money,” adding that “they begun before pushing for more money.
seemed to have the notion that millions Led by Rev. King’s son Dexter, the fam-
of dollars were available.” Several ily announced the new center would cut
broadcasters that had planned to rerun into its own gift shop revenues and com-
the series shelved the idea for fear of pete with an “interactive museum” they For years the family took the pious
being dragged into the suit. When the were thinking of building. As compen- view that King’s image was not to be
Kings refused to back down, Mr. Hamp- sation, they asked the Park Service to commercialized, and sued anyone so
ton countersued, charging that the triple its annual fee to $1.5 million. The crude as to try. In 1982 the Georgia Su-
family’s threats “had a chilling effect on service said no. preme Court upheld its copyright on all
Blackside’s right of free speech.” The The Kings then held a press confer- representations of King, in a case against
parties eventually settled out of court for ence to explain that the bureaucrats they American Heritage Products, which was
considerably less than the $100,000 Mr. had worked with profitably for 15 years selling statuettes for $29.95. In 1996,
Hampton had originally offered. The were now no better than James Earl Ray. however, the lure of lucre won out over
Kings clearly think lining their own Coretta King said, “The same evil forces piety. The center authorized a Lladro
pockets is more important than letting that destroyed Martin Luther King are statue and rushed a series of pins and
other people—no matter how admir- now trying to destroy my family. We are medallions onto the market in time for
ing—spread the great man’s wisdom. more determined than ever that they who the Atlanta Olympics. A line of King-
Everyone in the family seems to have slew the dreamer will not slay the image personal checks is now available,
an eye for swag, and some charge for dream.” Dexter King claimed the white and there is talk of a Hollywood biogra-
interviews. According to a German tele- man was at it again, trying “to annex phy that could be directed by Oliver
vision company, the youngest of King’s this area to control the dissemination of Stone. In 1997, the family swung a deal
children, Bernice, “wanted to have history.” “Our history has always been with Time Warner to bring out MLK
$4,000 or $5,000 for one interview, ten diluted,” he explained; “we can tell our books, CDs, and a web page. Estimated
minutes.” history. We know best.” Of course, the revenue for the King Center: $10 mil-

American Renaissance -3- February 2002


lion a year. Recently, the Kings have thing, but major donors are unwilling to seven-year fund-raising period. General
rented out the patriarch’s words and stump up so long as the King family re- Motors has already provided $750,000
image for advertising. Atlanta-based fuses to release the name. Tommy for “setup activities,” but that is long
Cingular, a cellular telephone company, Hilfiger had promised $5 million and gone. At least a third of it disappeared
and the French telecommunications General Motors was going to give $10 in September, 2000, in connection with
company Alcatel have both run King million, but they will not write checks a lavish celebration announcing the win-
ads. In one, King’s voice is featured with until the “licensing” problem is cleared ner of the memorial design competition.
several others, including that of Kermit up. It would be a blessing to the country if
the Frog. There is no telling what could A monument on the Capitol Mall is the King family’s greed were so great it
come next, now that Dexter King has about the highest honor the nation can kept the Mall free of the memorial, but
visited Graceland—twice—to see how pay. Leave it to the King family to see it Congress will certainly vote an exten-
the Elvis “legacy” is marketed. as a chance to screw more money out of sion of the fund-raising period if it is
In 1995, the family once more set its people. At one point, they were about needed, and whites will eventually of-
priorities straight by shutting down the to offer the King name for a flat fer enough money to satisfy the poor,
King holiday commission. Mrs. King $600,000 but are now back to dickering grieving, bereaved family.
had spent ten years building up the or- over a percentage of the money raised Which, of course, is the real problem.
ganization, which promoted celebration for the memorial. It is easy to scoff at the King family’s
of the King national holiday. As soon There is some fear that Alpha Phi transparent greed, but who is to blame?
as it reached a certain prominence, it Alpha, which was King’s fraternity and Mrs. King and the children can be for-
became a fund-raising competitor to the is the group leading the project, may given for thinking “Dr.” King was the
King Center. It was best to kill the com- have to ask Congress to extend the most important American—perhaps the
mission—which only promoted King
and “civil rights,” after all—so as to
clear the field for the center that pays
the King family salaries.
King of the Web
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Another recent money-grub has once holiday. Here, too, the center is ever
he Martin Luther King Center
again been over papers. In 1999, the vigilant. The on-line illustrations of
for Nonviolent Social Change
family condescended to let the Library the publicity materials have digital
has a glossy web site (www.
of Congress take custody of the papers “watermarks” with the world
thekingcenter.org) that is true to form,
still in Atlanta, in a deal that would keep “sample” stamped on them to discour-
complete with “terms of agreement,”
the copyright firmly in family hands. age copying from the web. It wouldn’t
to which visitors are deemed to have
The King Center would no longer have do to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.
consented when they visit the page.
to bother with looking after 100,000 without paying
The agreement goes on
papers, but could still charge fat reprint the King center a
for 3,600 words of law-
fees. The family had had the papers ap- fee.
yer-talk, and makes it
praised for $40 million, so it pronounced There is an on-
very clear that anyone
itself generous in offering custody for a line gift shop that
who wants to use “Dr.
mere $20 million. The library didn’t see sells gimcracks.
Martin Luther King,
it that way. It expects to have full use of We find a King
Jr.’s intellectual prop-
personal papers in its collections, not Center tote bag
erty, which includes
just the joy of knowing they are there, (“great for
right of publicity to his
and gets most of its materials by dona- kids!”), as well as
name, likeness and im-
tion. Its most expensive purchase ever a special promo-
age; his copyrighted
was a $1.5 million 1930 acquisition of tion described as
words; and his re-
medieval manuscripts that included a follows: “This
corded voice,” will
Gutenberg Bible. Even the U. S. Con- unique travel mug
have to deal with some-
gress, which will usually do anything in has a copper fin-
thing called Intellectual
the name of racial atonement, jibbed at ish and features
Properties Manage-
$20 million, and the King family is no The King Center
ment (IPM) in Atlanta,
longer pushing the deal. logo. The mug is
Georgia. Not that there
The latest example of eye-opening contained in a beautiful drawstring
is much in the way of intellectual
greed is the King family’s demand for a pouch, making it a great gift idea.” The
property on the web page. There is not
hefty “licensing” fee to let the Martin price is $19.99, and the illustration for
one sentence of King quotations in
Luther King, Jr. memorial planned for the “unique travel mug” does not have
HTML or electronic text; that would
the Washington Mall use the King name. a digital watermark.
presumably be too easy to copy and
In 1996, President Clinton signed legis- Needless to say, it is not hard to find
distribute.
lation setting aside four acres adjoining the donations page, where we learn
Every year, the King Center designs
the tidal basin, and promising full main- that “The King Center graciously ac-
a new set of banners and posters to
tenance for the memorial, but no fed- cepts your donations . . . .” Yes, “gra-
use in celebrating the great man’s
eral funds can be used to build it. There ciously.” It wouldn’t be like the King
birthday, and the 2002 materials went
is a deadline of November, 2003, to center to accept them gratefully. Ω
on sale well in time for the Jan. 21
scrape together $100 million for the

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most important human—who ever lived. ery one of their local variants would be ever is meant by “civil rights.” They are
He and Jesus Christ alone share the dis- nobodies if whites didn’t pay attention past masters at confessing to “racism,”
tinction of federal holidays on their to them. apologizing for their history and culture,
birthdays. King, who stands far higher But in letting the King myth expand and promoting multiracialism and their
in official estimation than such slave- to preposterous size whites have sorely own dispossession. Why should the
holding wretches as George Washing- burdened the King family. It is not easy King family bother with that sort of
ton or Thomas Jefferson, is an Ameri- being the child or widow of a saint. We thing when whites perform like trained
can saint who brought the promise of can hardly expect such people to have seals already? Far better just to get on
American liberty and democracy to full anything like a normal sense of propri- with the pleasant business of getting
fruition. It is whites, of course, who have ety and even less to dirty their hands in rich. Ω
led or at least acquiesced in a canoniza- the unglamorous business of “non-vio- A good source of information on how
tion they could have stopped any time. lent social change.” the King family profits from “the
All the black frauds and con-men like What is more, whites no longer need legacy” is Michael Eric Dyson, “Legacy
Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, and ev- much help from blacks to promote what- for Sale,” Emerge, Feb., 2000, pp. 49ff.

We Wish You a Phony Festival


Kwanzaa was invented by the lesser-known US, or United Slaves, habit of doing unspeakable things to
led by Mr. Karenga. Both groups saun- black people. After that, the only cov-
a black criminal in Califor- tered around campus carrying loaded erage came from the hundreds of news
nia. guns. Perhaps inevitably, violence accounts that depict him as the wonder-
erupted. As David Horowitz recalls in ful man who invented Kwanzaa.”
by Kathy Shaidle Radical Son, Black Panther John Shortly after his release from prison in
Higgins was “murdered—along with Al 1975, Mr. Karenga (now armed, not with

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arlier this season, countless ‘Bunchy’ Carter—on the UCLA cam- a pistol, but a doctorate) took over the
schools and households cel- pus by members of Ron Karenga’s or- black studies department at California
ebrated Kwanzaa. They lit black, ganization.” After the killing, the FBI State University, Long Beach, which he
red and green candles (for black skin, infiltrated both groups, and the United runs to this day.
red blood, and the green hills of Africa), Slaves turned to fighting “enemies And what about Kwanzaa? The
and sang songs about the festival’s within.” The result: two female mem- festival’s seven days commemorate al-
“seven principles,” such as faith, unity bers were tortured by their “comrades” legedly “traditional African” principles,
and creativity. Already big among in May, 1970. Both alledge Mr. Karenga such as “collective work” and “coopera-
ordered and participated in their assaults.
The Swahili in Kwanzaa In 1999, writer Paul Mulshine pub-
lished his research into Karenga’s vio-
makes about as much lent past on FrontPageMagazine. Mr.
sense as having the Irish Mulshine found a May 14, 1971, Los
celebrate St. Patrick’s Angeles Times report of the victims’ tes-
timony, which read: “The victims said
Day by speaking Polish. they were living at Karenga’s home
when Karenga accused them of trying
blacks in the United States, Kwanzaa is to [poison] him. . . . When they denied
catching on in Canada, too. Held each it, allegedly they were beaten with an
year from December 26 until January 2, electrical cord and a hot soldering iron
Kwanzaa is increasingly seen as an ap- was put in [one victim’s] mouth and tive economics,” each referred to by a
propriate multicultural alternative to against her face. Police were told that Swahili name. “Why did Karenga use
Christmas, a holiday considered too re- one of [the other victim’s] toes was Swahili words for his fictional African
ligious and “Eurocentric” for public placed in a small vise which was alleg- feast?” asks Mr. Mulshine. “American
schools. But there is one not-so-insig- edly tightened by one of the defendants. Blacks are primarily descended from
nificant problem with Kwanzaa. While The following day . . . Karenga, hold- people who came from Ghana and other
many teachers believe it is an ancient ing a gun, threatened to shoot both of parts of West Africa. Kenya and Tanza-
African harvest festival, it was not born them.” nia—where Swahili is spoken—are
in pre-colonial West Africa, but in 1960s Convicted of felonious assault and thousands of miles away. This makes
southern California. It is the brainchild false imprisonment, Mr. Karenga was about as much sense as having Irish-
of African-American radical activist, sentenced in 1971 to up to 10 years in Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
academic and convicted felon Ron prison. “A brief account of the sentenc- by speaking Polish.” And why would
Karenga. ing ran in several newspapers the fol- Mr. Karenga schedule a harvest festival
In 1969, two rival radical groups were lowing day,” Mr. Mulshine writes. “That near the winter solstice, “a season when
battling for control of the UCLA black was apparently the last newspaper ar- few fruits or vegetables are harvested
studies program: the Black Panthers and ticle to mention Karenga’s unfortunate anywhere?”

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This month, the religious satire maga- operative economics”—one of the seven ington Post interview. “I put it around
zine The Door likewise questioned principles of Kwanzaa—is the term the Christmas because I knew that’s when
Kwanzaa’s authenticity. “Karenga socialist leader of Tanzania, Julius a lot of ‘bloods’ [Blacks] would be par-
cobbled together a mishmash of differ- Nyerere, used for his disastrous policy tying.” Ω
ent traditions and languages and blended of putting tens of thousands of Tanzani-
them with Marxist ideas to reflect a uni- ans on collective farms. Reprinted by permission of The Re-
fied African culture that doesn’t exist “People think it’s African, but it’s port Newsmagazine of Alberta, Canada,
anywhere,” it reported. Ujamaa, or “co- not,” admitted Karenga in a 1978 Wash- www.report.ca.

The IQ Wars
g-Men may yet win in over- versity of Delaware) and myself (sacked author, shocked the g-doubters with re-
by Edinburgh University in 1997 for sults from IQ testing in one of Africa’s
time. saying too much about intelligence, race, two best universities, Witwatersrand. He
sex, feminism, unwed mothers and pae- has found that the black African students
by Christopher Brand dophilia [see American Renaissance, had a mean IQ of only 84. Assuming
July, 1996]). Our opponents came too. top-flight university students have IQs

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he study of g, or the general fac- People like Prof. Earl “Buz” Hunt (Uni- at least one standard deviation above the
tor of intelligence, is perhaps the versity of Washington), Prof. Nathan mean, this yields an estimate of an av-
most controversial area in psy- Brody (Wesleyan University) and Prof. erage IQ of only 70 for Africans as a
chology. Proponents of the g factor ar- Joseph Fagan (Case Western Reserve group.
gue that it is the psychological basis of University, Cleveland) lumbered into I explained that population differ-
most human mental abilities, that it is action to face pretty hard pitching. ences in g were apparent to Plato, who
largely genetic, and that it cannot easily may have derived his understanding
be improved through environmental ma- from observations as a slave, and from
nipulation (except to some degree by what seems, in the Symposium, to have
breastfeeding). Much of the controversy been his experience of late-night drink-
has to do with the overwhelming evi- ing parties with the lower orders. Un-
dence that g is not distributed equally fortunately, few Western philosophers
across socio-economic classes and followed Plato’s lead of mixing widely,
races, and that g’s unequal distribution and after Plato, it was more than two
explains why some people and societ- thousand years before g and eugenics
ies fail while others succeed. If g is a were discussed articulately and system-
valid concept, it is a profoundly impor- atically.
tant one, but it has been under constant Tim Bates of Macquarie University
attack from doctrinaire opponents who in New South Wales argued—as I have
refuse to accept the genetic basis for been explaining to an unreceptive world
intelligence. Have opponents been so since 1977—that “rapid information
successful that the study of g is now on Christopher Brand. processing is the basic mechanism un-
its last legs? Has political correctness derlying g.” Roland Tiu of Case West-
finally suppressed even all mention of Adding novelty to the discussions ern Reserve spoke about “the impor-
IQ and racial differences? It would be was a pair of “ethically concerned” psy- tance of the role of processing speed and
easy to think so, but a recent conference chologists from Indiana University. IQ in predicting reading comprehen-
on intelligence provided grounds for They presented a paper denouncing the sion.” Speed of information processing
optimism. “insensitivity” of IQ testers and deplor- is likely to be governed by the efficiency
In December 2001, in Cleveland, ing the absence from the conference of of the brain at the biological level, and
Ohio, the International Society for In- “people of color.” In fact, three Asians is very unlikely to be influenced by the
telligence Research (ISIR) held its sec- and a Hispanic were among the 40 au- usual environmental interventions
ond annual conference. Because IQ is thors who reported their findings in 20- touted by g-doubters. Altogether, the g
too hot to handle, no university could minute digests that allowed almost ev- factor was having something of a field
be found to host the scholars who had eryone to be a speaker. No blacks had day.
jetted in from places as far away as Aus- even applied. As it happens, many East Aghast, the g-doubters resorted to the
tralia, Austria, Germany, and California, Asians are happy with the concept of g, usual smokescreen of methodological
so the venue was a Holiday Inn. Among and its invariable finding that their group and ad hoc objections. They demanded
the 40 researchers active in the field has the highest average IQ, though they data recounts and replays down to the
were such martyrs to the IQ cause as know the subject must be discussed only last detail. In desperation, they trotted
Emeritus Professor Arthur Jensen (Uni- in academic language and never with the out once more the only strong data set
versity of California, Berkeley), Western press. that appears to support the racial-egali-
Philippe Rushton (University of West- Sparks inevitably flew. Phil Rushton, tarian view. The mulatto, out-of-wed-
ern Ontario), Linda Gottfredson (Uni- with an anti-apartheid activist as his co- lock children of German women who

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lived near US Army bases shortly after berish about IQ—well-funded gibber- inquisitive and hard-working academ-
the Second World War seem to have ish, of course. ics today.
average IQs not far off the German av- The other side tried to make much of The ignoracism (to use the term of
erage. This overlooks the likelihood that “multiple intelligences.” This idea arises the late Raymond Cattell) that generally
the black fathers were probably more from the fact that high-IQ people are characterizes the critics of IQ extended
intelligent than the average black grunt. typically found to have unusual cogni- even into the breaks and informal dis-
Girls who had lived through Hitler’s war tive specialties in verbal, mathematical, cussions. Asked their opinions on the
were probably looking for partners with spatial and memory abilities. These cog- simplest aspects of race and IQ, attend-
stripes on their shoulders and cartons of nitive discrepancies at the high-IQ range ees would stare resolutely into the
cigarettes in their jeeps, not black impress only left-wing theorists who middle distance, hoping for the call that
squaddies of uncertain means. don’t get out much, and don’t realize would end the coffee break and let them
Critics of g newly returned from an- differences of this kind are rarely found scamper back to hear the next convo-
other conference in Australia told of the in ordinary people. The exotic special- luted, g-avoiding presentation. Not even
“Abecedarian” Head Start project, ties of high-IQ folk are eagerly read by the rise of political correctness in the
which ran from 1980 in North Carolina, the left to mean that intelligences are universities and the reduction of conser-
and once claimed to have produced IQ really “multiple,” and that all people are vatives to five percent of faculty mem-
gains of up to 25 points. Today, the al- wondrously equal in that they all must bers in America could be discussed in
leged big gains are forgotten—they were be good at something. coffee breaks. In this respect, the other
reported only in the very early stages. Our side pointed out that claims for side—for which such silence is a pri-
new tests of “multiple intelligence” are mary objective—has arguably tri-
essentially fraudulent. Such tests and umphed.
indeed the “intelligences” themselves Some people refused even to open
are invented at colossal expense at their ears to opposing views. Although
Harvard and Yale in the hope of finding the Indiana “ethicists,” claimed to
a way out of the political embarrassment “come as friends to the IQ community,”
caused by the persistent black-white dif- they absented themselves when Prof.
ference in the unitary value of g. Con- Rushton described the ultra-sensitive
ference organizer Douglas Detterman psychometric testing procedures at
(Case Western Reserve) and I both ex- Witwatersrand—so much did they pre-
plained how and why variation in g is fer their own stereotypes to reality. The
what explains behavioral differences press also absented itself: Denial is the
among ordinary people, even if it does only way the New York Times can handle
not account for special abilities among the entirely robust and demonstrable
the very intelligent. phenomenon of IQ.
Gerald Barrett, a lawyer from Akron, Fortunately, the graybeards slugging
Ohio, explained how he had several it out in the name of scientific progress
Average IQ of 70? times had “evidence” from the new were not alone. There were merciful
Still, enthusiasts like to rejoice that af- multiple intelligence “tests” thrown out signs of a younger generation bringing
ter a 20-year expenditure of $11,000 a of US courtrooms because they failed reinforcements. From Holland, a young
year, the “disadvantaged” participants to meet professional standards or legal researcher arrived with news of a South
show a four IQ-point increase by age guidelines. Today in America it is only Asian IQ of less than 90—for which
21—but no reduction in crime or wel- the legal profession that maintains a finding this former liberal had endured
fare rates as compared to controls. Some semblance of academic standards while press denunciations comparing him to
breakthrough for the social engineers! many universities have become propa- “the fascist Brand in Scotland.” From
One g-doubter even promised he ganda agencies for political correctness. Delaware came a young engineer who
could eliminate the black-white IQ dif- Despite the liveliness of occasional had converted to psychology so as to
ference simply by teaching black chil- exchanges, the psychology experts were study the possibility that the “Flynn Ef-
dren the right answers to vocabulary disinclined to acknowledge each other’s fect” (of rising IQ scores in the 20th
tests. His research showed instruction brilliance, and applause for the speak- century) had been due not to teachers,
of this kind doesn’t do any good for ers—whether race realist or peecee— social workers or other do-gooders but
white children because they know the was perfunctory. Asked to comment on to increased geographical mobility. He
words already. But he seemed to think Prof. Rushton’s South African discov- theorized that the IQ rise was due to
race-targeted “opportunity-giving” eries, one of the brightest students at the outbreeding and hybrid vigor, as reces-
would be a fair way to rectify the basic conference said, first, that Prof. Rushton sive genes were smothered. Harrison
inequalities that result from traditional “should have set aside his obsession Kane the young co-author of my own
testing methods. Phil Rushton and I with brain size and IQ”—when in fact paper was not able to attend the confer-
agreed that this man’s work simply Prof. Rushton had not mentioned brain ence but sent in a major new data set
makes no sense. He is plainly one of size in his talk. The student also said he attesting to the overwhelming impor-
those who feel that any black-white dif- “had always thought African IQ to be tance of g in accounting for mental abil-
ference is always and obviously due to pretty low, so Rushton need not have ity variations in 6,000 Americans—a
some “lack of opportunity” for blacks. gone to the rather boring trouble of prov- finding also reported by Dasen Luo, an
The liberal-left is now reduced to gib- ing the point.” Such are the rewards for Indiana colleague of Douglas Det-

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terman’s sizable Cleveland team. A con- plainly believed—there is little space or the staff and prisoners invariably cred-
vert from a Sydney MA course in com- funding for realistic psychology. There ited the problems of any adopted pris-
merce proposed a biological theory of is not a single university in America or oner quite uncritically to the fact of hav-
intelligence as “neural plasticity in com- Britain offering a course in scientific ing been adopted. I, myself, was adopted
petitive networks,” which is apparently psychology’s major discovery: IQ. (perfectly happily) and knew that was
“a general mechanism that adapts the Edinburgh University remains Britain’s certainly not enough to turn people into
connections in response to the environ- major center for IQ studies, but after I psychopathic criminals.
ment.” This is not a theory that conforms was fired, the department felt compelled Arthur Jensen, likewise, made a
well with the environment-is-all view, to change the name of its Structural Psy- unique, individual move in 1965 to work
but Dennis Garlick’s full paper will ap- chometrics Group to Psychometrics in London with Hans Eysenck, the arch-
Research Group because the previous critic of the projective (e.g. inkblot-
name was so closely associated with me style) tests in which Prof. Jensen was
and my Ph.D. students. then an expert. And those who attended
One might have thought psychology the Cleveland conference were re-
would by now be a science (or at least minded of the continuing scholarly in-
an academic subject) of careful argu- quisitiveness of this sprightly 77-year-
ment and non-anecdotal evidence. Be- old—an alertness likely to be put to ex-
cause it is, instead, so ideologically doc- cellent use for quite a few more years
trinaire, it often takes unique experi- thanks to the longevity that runs in the
ences for students to break into serious Jensen family.
IQ studies. In two cases, the young g- Long live individual experience and
backing researchers who presented pa- the powerful curiosity, doubt, and rebel-
pers in Cleveland had been impressed lion it encourages! Unfettered curiosity
by the hounding they had suffered once and the willingness to fight convention
their names were linked to mine. In an- now furnish the last hope that academic
other case, a young man had identical psychology will survive the battering it
twin sisters and also a third, non-twin has had from the West’s newly emerg-
sister, and was struck by the twins’ re- ing religion of political correctness. Ω
markable psychological similarities. Yet
another young researcher had grown up Mr. Brand is the author of The g Fac-
Mr. Brand’s book-that-never-was. as the only child of a bright, successful tor: General Intelligence and Its Impli-
and self-made engineer, and found him- cations. Its “publisher,” John Wiley &
pear soon in psychology’s most presti- self seriously shocked when, at age five, Sons, withdrew the book from bookstores
gious journal, Psychological Review, so he had to endure the public schools of in April, 1996, just a few days after pub-
the g-doubters could not sniff openly. Australia’s Deep North. lication, claiming suddenly to find it “re-
The current generation of young IQ Perhaps it was always this way. I ar- pellent.” Mr. Brand, was later fired from
scholars does not enter the field through rived at hereditarian views around 1965, Edinburgh University, where had had
ordinary academic channels. Because when I was working as a psychologist worked as an academic psychologist for
the thought police are everywhere—as in Britain’s top maximum-security psy- 25 years. He maintains a web page at
those who attended this conference chiatric prison. I was amazed to find that www.crispian.doc.co.uk.

All the News That Fits


William McGowan, Coloring the News: How Crusading for Diversity Has Corrupted American
Journalism, Encounter Books, 2001, $29.95, 278 pp.
Journalism for the new Manhattan Institute fellow William sexual men who couldn’t write fairly
McGowan blazes away for nearly 300 about anyone else. Newspapers needed
America. pages, and covers a lot of useful ground, a stiff dose of exoticism to ensure a kind
but ultimately falls victim to the very of representative democracy of the
reviewed by Thomas Jackson thinking he claims to be denouncing. press. Blacks, homosexuals, Hispanics,
Despite all the reasons he offers to op- and feminists would all be objective

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oloring the News has been well pose the “diversity” that is corrupting journalists first, and then bring to bear
received in conservative circles the news and damaging the country, Mr. unique sensitivities to make the news
as a brave book that lays bare the McGowan is still all for it; it just hasn’t more fair and true. They would win the
liberal prejudices and deceptions of the been handled right. Perhaps he also trust of “excluded” communities, whose
media. This view is not altogether mis- thinks Marxism was a great idea that grateful members would buy papers and
taken, though the achievement is never had the chance it deserved either. boost sales. Mr. McGowan seems to
dimmed by the fact that exposing lib- Coloring the News starts with the as- have fallen for this silly idea, and is dis-
eral press bias is like shooting fish in a sumption that in the old days the press appointed the new recruits turned out to
barrel. Former journalist and current was run by hidebound white hetero- be activists first and foremost.

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The way they got their jobs had some- into journalism “to advance the libera- a black who wrote for the paper explains,
thing to do with it. As Mr. McGowan tion of an oppressed people.” “Many white editors thought “black politics
explains, from the New York Times, Los younger journalists,” explains Mr. were in their infancy and it would be
Angeles Times and Philadelphia En- McGowan, “particularly members of unfair to hold them to the same stan-
quirer on down, big media companies minorities, see objectivity as a reflec- dard.”
have had open hiring quotas. Many pa- tion of ‘white’ cultural values.” Mr. McGowan has noticed that news-
pers enrolled only non-whites in their Managers and editors apparently see papers that give great prominence to bias
intern programs, and on recruiting trips nothing wrong with this. They gladly attacks somehow find other things to
to journalism schools the New York send writers off to associations of black, write about when the “attack” turns out
Times would sometimes interview only Hispanic, or homosexual journalists, to be a hoax. When it has given the fak-
minorities. In 1991, Times editor Max where there is open plotting about how ery so much play it cannot help cover-
Frankel admitted he hired one non-white to slant the news. For the chosen classes, ing the awkward dénouement, the New
for every white, and would hesitate to there is no such thing as a conflict of York Times sometimes likes to point out
fire an incompetent black woman. In interest. that even a hoax has the benefit of giv-
1992, publisher Arthur Sulzberger said Mr. McGowan has noticed that racial ing people a chance to “reach out” to
diversity was “the single most impor- issues are among the most flagrantly other races.
misreported. He writes that the press Almost all newspapers adore racial
assumes white America is a hopeless fen preferences. In both California and
of racism, tormenting blacks and His- Washington state, every major state pa-
panics at every turn. At the same time, per opposed voter initiatives to end pref-
the press downplays news that might erences—and then had to report that the
show non-whites in a bad light—and Mr. initiatives passed by large margins. The
McGowan has found editors willing to publisher of the Seattle Times even spent
admit it. For example, in 1990, five po- $275,000 of the paper’s money on ads
lice officers in Buffalo, New York, were supporting racial preferences.
arrested for corruption, but the Buffalo One of the classic cases of racial fool-
News did not publish their photos. All ishness Mr. McGowan reports is the
were black and, as editor Murray Light New York Times Magazine’s worshipful
explained, there was a “commanding account of Patrick Chavis, the affirma-
Arthur Sulzberger: Diversity is “the
single most important issue.”
need” for black role models, and to have tive action black who got into medical
noted the race of the offenders would
tant issue” for the paper. At Time- have been “devastating.”
Warner magazines and the Gannett Others are candid about how they re-
There was a “command-
newspapers, bonuses for executives de- port political issues. At the time of the ing need” for black
pended on how diligently they hired and ballot initiative in California to elimi- role models, and to have
promoted protected classes. As Los An- nate racial preferences, San Francisco noted the race of the
geles Times publisher Mark Willes ex- Chronicle columnist Debra Saunders
plained, “people want to feel like the explained, “It is the belief [here] that the offenders would have
paper is theirs. They can’t do that if the real job of the paper is to defeat this been “devastating.”
paper is a fundamentally white male thing.” Los Angeles Times reporter John
newspaper.” Balzar explained why the paper never school ahead of Allan Bakke, and helped
Many newspapers made sure that mentioned that non-white immigrants bring about the famous 1978 Bakke Su-
coverage was diverse, too, with USA fresh from Mexico were getting racial preme Court case. In June, 1995, Nicho-
Today famously decreeing every day preferences over native-born whites: las Lemann wrote a glowing cover story
there had to be a photo of a non-white That would be “reckless,” he said, be- about Dr. Chavis’ caring practice, which
on the front page, above the fold. Many cause “we live in a state where feelings even won the doctor a trip to Washing-
papers also rated reporters on their about immigrants boil over so easily.” ton for a Senate hearing, where Senator
sources, marking them down if they Almost all the offenders in the Los Edward Kennedy crowed about the tri-
quoted too many white men. At the Los Angeles “Ramparts” police scandal umphs of affirmative action.
Angeles Times, there is a Latino Team were Hispanic, but the Los Angeles Just two years later, the Medical
that meets every day to ensure Hispan- Times was careful to avoid giving this Board of California suspended Dr.
ics get the coverage they deserve. At impression. Likewise, writers at the Chavis’ license, citing his “inability to
many papers, says Mr. McGowan, there Washington Post knew that many blacks perform some of the most basic duties
is a vice president for diversity who joining the DC police through prefer- required of a physician,” and warning
makes sure the right people are hired and ence programs were incompetents and that for him to “continue in the practice
the news has the right tint. even criminals, but the paper never of organized medicine will endanger the
The inevitable result has been open hinted at a link between affirmative ac- public health, safety and welfare.” If Mr.
advocacy. Mr. McGowan quotes black tion and the police corruption stories Lemann had not been so determined to
journalist Jack White, who explained at they were later obliged to write. For write puff, he would have learned that
a 1997 seminar at the Columbia School years, the Washington Post also spiked Chavis had long been indifferent to the
of Journalism that he was both a good any unflattering stories about black DC pain his patients suffered, and that many
reporter and a “loyal brother” who got mayor Marion Barry. As Juan Williams, people knew of his incompetence. The

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Times, of course, considered it wholly testing among people who had essen- He notes that anything unpleasant
un-newsworthy when its favorite ex- tially no chance of getting AIDS, but about immigrants—crime, disease, ille-
ample of affirmative action had his li- also—as Mr. McGowan fails to note— gitimacy, welfare chiseling, drug ped-
cense lifted. Mr. Chavis said it was all a public support for huge government pro- dling, etc.—gets little coverage. Stories
racist plot against him, but the Times grams to find a cure for what was billed about fake marriages, smuggling, or ID
didn’t report that either. as a disease that could kill anyone but forging read like celebrations of immi-
was concentrated among homosexuals. grant ingenuity. Mr. McGowan quotes
After the recent Supreme Court de- a New York Times story about illegal
cision upholding the Boy Scouts’ right Bangladeshi construction workers in
to keep out homosexuals, some papers New York City, who drive down wages
gave the mistaken impression that scores for natives and force them out of work,
of companies and school districts with- but this is just another example of how
drew support for the Scouts. This was “immigrants create niches for them-
actually quite unusual, and many groups selves in the city’s economy.” Typical
increased support. New York Times headline: “Immigrants
Homosexual journalists are often as Jam Schools, Invigorate System.”
partisan as their non-white colleagues. Mr. McGowan notes that during the
At the 1995 meeting of the National Les- 1990s it was nearly impossible to find a
bian and Gay Journalists Association news story about immigrants on welfare.
there were seminars on how to write However, when late in the decade the
Max Frankel: would not fire a black woman.
news stories to persuade, as one partici- federal government looked into cutting
On the other hand, when two Ivy pant put it, “a majority of people to come back on services, there were suddenly
League university presidents wrote a out in favor of gay marriage.” plenty of stories telling us how many of
1998 book defending racial preferences “Women’s issues” often get the same the little dears were doing to be kicked
in college admissions the Times show- treatment. An official with the National off welfare. Likewise, the New York
ered it with ink. There was a Sunday League of Abortion Providers admits he Times publishes next to nothing about
book review for The Bend in the River, “lied through his teeth” when he claimed immigrant criminals—until they are de-
a review in the daily paper, and a long there were only about 500 late term ported back to their homelands. Then it
news feature accompanied by an excerpt abortions every year and only for seri- writes mournful stories about how un-
in the Week in Review—all capped with ous health reasons. This was at the fair it is to dump American-trained thugs
a fawning editorial called “The Facts height of the national debate on partial on peaceful Third-World countries.
About Affirmative Action.” birth abortion, and the press kept on re- The duty to pander to immigrants can
Mr. McGowan points out that media porting this figure long after it was outweigh even feminism. The New York
coverage of homosexuals is almost as known there were far more, and that Times wrote that for immigrants from
badly slanted. In 1998, in the month af- many women had them for reasons of the Jain sect in India, arranged marriages
ter the homosexual Matthew Shepard convenience. gave them a strong “sense of family and
was murdered, there were 3,007 news Mr. McGowan also covers the cases identity.” A feminist at the Times like-
stories about him. When, in 1999, two of Karen Hultgreen and Carey Lohrenz, wise said that though she didn’t care for
homosexuals kidnapped the young het- failures who were pushed through flight African genital mutilation, as a white
erosexual boy Jesse Dirkhising, raped training so the Navy could claim women woman she could not denounce it. Any
him, and killed him, there were only 46 were landing jets on carriers, and of campaign “must be led by African ac-
stories in the first month. Not one ap- Kelly Flinn, the lady B-52 pilot guilty tivists.”
peared on the networks or in the national of adultery and perjury. The media in- Mr. McGowan reports that a few edi-
dailies. The Washington Post ran one variably made liars and dangerous in- tors may have some dim understanding
tiny AP dispatch. competents out to be victims of male that “diversity” hasn’t quite worked out
Likewise, when hundreds of thou- oppression. During the Gulf War, 36 of as planned. In 1992, publisher Arthur
sands of homosexuals marched in Wash- the 160 women among the crew of the Sulzberger of the New York Times ad-
ington in 1993, the major media made USS Acadia had to be evacuated for mitted that the various multi-cultis at the
them seem clean-cut and normal. It was pregnancy disability—yet the press con- paper were “at each other’s throats.”
only those watching unedited C-Span tinues to assure us women make dandy Indeed, the UNITY conference in which
who saw the topless lesbians, the obvi- sailors, soldiers, and pilots. all the non-white journalist associations
ous transvestites, and the men in leather Mr. McGowan even takes a poke at participate is often anything but united.
harnesses. They also heard one lesbian the way the media cover immigration: In 1999, the blacks didn’t want to meet
speaker say she wanted to “fuck” Hillary “[N]ews organizations have been too in Seattle because Washington was
Clinton, and another say she “wanted to ready to follow a romantic script that about to vote on an anti-preferences ini-
get it on with Anita Hill.” exaggerates its benefits and ignores its tiative. The Hispanics were happy with
Mr. McGowan notes that the press downsides.” “Instead of questioning Seattle, and the argument got so hot a
went along with homosexuals when they whether multiculturalism was some- “diversity consultant” had to be called
claimed heterosexuals were just as likely thing we really wanted, and letting the in to sort things out. As the president of
to get AIDS as men who let themselves American public decide,” he adds, “the the National Association of Hispanic
be buggered by a dozen “lovers” every press treated it as an immutable fait ac- Journalists explained, “We couldn’t get
week. This led to needless worry, and compli . . . . ” past one group feeling that their con-

American Renaissance - 10 - February 2002


cerns were more important than another “With respect to gay and feminist is- horrible disease that required treatment
group’s.” sues, diversity’s enhanced sensitivity in the first place. He doesn’t seem to like
In 1989 the publisher of the Miami has purged news coverage of many of some of the effects of the cure, but
Herald, David Lawrence, decided his the pernicious stereotypes that governed doesn’t dispute that a cure was needed,
paper would go for diversity full tilt and reporting and commentary in the past.” and fails to propose one that would have
show the rest of the country “how you If the industry really was riddled with worked better.
work it out.” Since then, according to “chauvinism,” “exclusion,” and “perni- Mr. McGowan claims to be disgusted
cious stereotypes,” what but hiring quo- by the ideological conformity of the
tas, race-preference bonuses, and man- press, but this is obviously not true. If
datory pictures of blacks above the fold he really wanted spirited dialogue he
could have saved it? If reporters were would welcome articles that call homo-
such bigoted swine, there had to be sexuality “a pernicious disease” or make
Latino Committees to make sure they fun of homely feminists. He writes of
covered Hispanics the right way, and “the worthy goal of enhancing diver-
monitoring systems to make them call sity,” one advantage of which is that “the
up non-white and homosexual sources. realities of minority life that were once
Most of the time, Mr. McGowan excluded from mainstream view are
writes as if past wickedness can be so more accessible.” But he has just told
taken for granted there is no need even us the opposite is true! His book is burst-
to give examples of it, but he does pro- ing with examples of “the realities of
duce two. Time, he says, quoting not the minority life” the press won’t touch:
Confused author, William McGowan.
magazine but an obscure secondary Mexican gangs, corrupt black cops, and
Mr. McGowan, the paper has become a source, once wrote in the 1960s that ho- immigrant welfare cheats, not to men-
lapdog for the Cuban power structure, mosexuality is “a pathetic, second-rate
and was so busy truckling and cheer- substitute for reality, a pitiable flight The author comes up
leading during the Elian Gonzalez af- from life” that deserved “no encourage-
fair that out-of-town papers scooped it ment, no glamorization, no rationaliza-
with a particularly lick-
several times. tion, no fake status as minority martyr- spittle defense of the very
Diversity can backfire in other ways. dom, no sophistry about simple differ- thing he is attacking.
Patricia Smith, the first black woman ences in taste and above all no pretense
columnist for the Boston Globe, had to that it is anything but a pernicious sick- tion homicidal homosexuals and preg-
be dumped in 1998 for making up ness.” nant lady sailors.
sources and quotes. She had been doing Never mind the context of the quote, Even as he catalogues diversity’s hor-
this for years. Her previous employer, whether it was typical, or whether it is ror stories, Mr. McGowan manages to
the Chicago Sun Times was on to her, something many Americans today come up with a particularly lickspittle
but the editor admitted he hadn’t fired would consider a vigorous and truthful defense of the very thing he is attack-
her because she was a black woman. statement—this “ugly backdrop” meant ing: “Having greater racial and ethnic
As for the idea that showcasing non- that the press had to hire openly homo- breadth on staff also pays dividends in
whites and homosexuals would turn sexual journalists in order to save its moral authority, as minority reporters of-
these people into avid newspaper read- soul. ten enjoy a license to weigh in on touchy
ers, Mr. McGowan assures us it’s been Here is his only other example of re- issues that white journalists are reluc-
a flop. Middle-class white people are pulsive journalism that justified indus- tant to approach.” Apparently whites are
still the main market, and many of them try-wide housecleaning. Once more such invertebrates they can’t be ex-
have been driven away by pandering and from Time, an Aug. 31, 1970 article de- pected to call a spade a spade, so the
double standards. scribed feminist Kate Millet as “an un- press has to hire blacks to write about
So what is there to dislike in a book smiling thick-eyebrowed sphinx with ghetto crack houses and Mexicans to
that describes so much fraud and fool- emerging eyebags and a laser-beam write about pregnant 14-year-olds. But
ishness? The fact that it accepts the very stare that could melt male testicles from Mr. McGowan has just told us non-white
assumptions that led to the fraud and 50 yards.” journalists want to sweep this stuff un-
foolishness. Here is Mr. McGowan at Whether he realizes it or not, what der the rug. Are we supposed to imag-
his worst: Mr. McGowan is saying is that these two ine a New York Times editor telling a
“Given the industry’s past sins of ra- passages are not just wrong, or unkind, young black writer his job is to cover
cial, ethnic and cultural exclusion, the or silly (melt male testicles?). He is say- all the sordid black news whites are too
steps it has taken to enhance minority ing they are so loathsome they should squeamish to touch?
representation in newsrooms and in never have been published, that they are Mr. McGowan is clearly a confused
news coverage represent a worthy, over- offenses so monstrous they indict every man. If he had limited himself to a
due, and historically necessary event.” publication in America and justify the straight description of what is happen-
“A willingness on the part of the wholesale corrective that somehow de- ing he would have written a much more
media to move away from its history of generated into militant self-righteous- effective, coherent book. By accepting
male condescension and chauvinism in ness. What therefore makes his critique the foolish assumptions of the diversity
the coverage of women and women’s is- of “diversity” so shallow is his unques- boosters, he undercuts his own efforts
sues was unquestionably necessary.” tioning acceptance that there was some and disarms his best arguments. Ω

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O Tempora, O Mores!
It Must Be Love Suspect Was Accused Before, Chicago against people of color,” says Shanna
Tribune, Dec. 30, 2001.] Smith (race unspecified), executive di-
Marcella Anderson is a 21-year-old rector of the National Fair Housing Al-
white woman from Minnesota who had Our Kind Only liance. “It seems to be more of a cul-
an illegitimate child with a black man. tural preference. . . . But it’s still ille-
On Christmas Eve, she was in Chicago As the nation diversifies, so do the gal.” [Sue Fox, Mi Casa No Es Su Casa,
with mulatto toddler Jasmine, and a possibilities for housing discrimination. Los Angeles Times, Nov. 21, 2001.]
three-year-old by another father. She Integration advocates in California have
was trying to take the children to the discovered that as soon as immigrants The Babble of the Airways
Greyhound station to catch a bus back become landlords, they discriminate in
to Minnesota, and was happy to accept favor of their own kind. Some are will- Diversity brings other sorrows. The
a ride from Sheila Matthews, a 33-year- ing to rent to whites, but it appears that San Francisco Bay area has a Manda-
old black woman she had never met be- only a minority of Hispanic landlords, rin-language television station that im-
fore. When Miss Anderson went to the for example, will rent to blacks. When migrants love to watch, and are horri-
the San Fernando Valley Fair Housing fied that the country’s biggest Spanish-
Council sent testers into the largely His- language network Univision is about to
panic area of Panorama City and North buy it. Several San Francisco activist
Hills, 13 of 20 apartment buildings groups and politicians have asked the
would not rent to blacks. In Koreatown, Federal Communications Commission
12 of 40 buildings discriminated against to force Univision to keep the daily 4½
blacks, and in South-Central Los Ange- hours of Chinese programming, which
les, 13 of 25 buildings discriminated. includes news, variety shows and soap
One black tester, Aretha Jackson, quit operas.
her job in disgust, convinced that His- There are more Asians in San Fran-
panic discrimination against blacks is so cisco than Hispanics, but they do not
widespread nothing can be done about have a common language as hHispanics
ticket window, Miss Matthews made off it. “I don’t look like scum, you know, do. Even among Chinese, there are Man-
with Jasmine. I’ve been to school,” she says. “I ring a darin- and Cantonese-speakers, but all
Miss Matthews, we now know, has a doorbell, and they won’t even show me Hispanics speak Spanish. According to
history of kidnapping, faking pregnan- anything.” New California Media, an ethnic news
cies, and telling men she has had their Sharon Kinlaw, who works as an in- network, there are more than 2,500 non-
children. In this case, she had told her vestigator for the housing council, says English news organizations in the state,
convict boyfriend she had had his daugh- landlords of every group discriminate, but Spanish is often the only language
ter while he was in prison. The boyfriend and none realizes it is illegal: “One thing with an audience large enough to sup-
got out on parole in May, and wanted to we’re seeing across the board is, no port network television. [Michelle
see the girl, who Miss Matthews claimed matter if the managers are white, black, Smith, Ethnic Media Involved in Strug-
was living with relatives. Desperate for Hispanic or Asian, these folks don’t gle, AP, Dec. 23, 2001.]
evidence, Miss Matthews befriended have a clue about state or federal fair
Miss Anderson, stole Jasmine, and car- housing law.” She also points out that More Human Rights
ried her off in triumph to her boyfriend Hispanics discriminate against each
in the suburbs. other. “You have the Guatemalans ver- Charles F. Holman, III is director of
When Miss Anderson got back from sus the Mexicans versus the Salvador- the Washington, DC Office of Human
the ticket window and found Jasmine ans,” she says. Rights, which stamps out discrimination
and her new friend gone, she went to Chancela Al-Mansour is a lawyer among the district’s 33,000 employees.
police with pictures. Some were broad- with Neighborhood Legal Services of Mr. Holman, who is black, now faces
cast on television, and a few days later Los Angeles County. “I’ve heard people charges of discrimination in a case filed
one of the boyfriend’s relatives recog- saying, ‘Well, he’s from another state by two whites. Since his office is the
nized the child and reported the crime. [within] Mexico,’ ” she says. “And the one that handles this kind of complaint,
Jasmine and her mother were quickly apartment manager only rents to people the two women filed their grievance with
reunited. The kidnapper is now likely from the same state in Mexico. Our fair the discrimination-fighters at the DC
to face jail. She has at least two chil- housing laws haven’t even anticipated public schools.
dren of her own, but lost custody of that.” In fact, courts have already found Laurie Bay says Mr. Holman treated
them. The father of her children is in that illegal. her differently from blacks, requiring
jail for child molestation. [Robert Pierre, Needless to say, when immigrants weekly activity reports and denying her
Missing Girl Found Unharmed, Wash- discriminate it’s not as bad as when training. She also says two other black
ington Post, Dec. 28, 2001, p. A4. Kim whites do. “I don’t consider it the mali- supervisors in the office singled her out
Barker and Cam Simpson, Abduction cious kind of white racism we see for harsh treatment, and that Mr. Holman

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recently hired a less qualified black where only 40 percent graduate. [John sons “harassed” them by flying a Con-
woman to replace her. After she com- Miller and Ramesh Ponnuru, There federate flag. This led to candlelight vig-
plained informally, she says, he gave her Aren’t as Many High-School Graduates ils, prayer meetings and the formation
an unsatisfactory performance rating. as You Think, National Review, Nov. 13, of something called the Milford Anti-
Miss Bay has not worked since Dec. 4, 2001. Cheryl Wetzstein, Study: Gradu- Hate Task Force. In November, 1999,
claiming she suffers from a work-related ation Rates ‘Implausibly High,’ Wash- police arrested the Chaissons on felony
stress disorder. The other white com- ington Times, Nov. 14, 2001.] hate crime charges, and in March, 2001,
plainant, Shari Acosta, who reported to the couple pleaded no contest to reduced
Miss Bay, says she got similar treatment Loose Lips Sink Ships charges and got suspended sentences.
and that Mr. Holman suddenly fired her What makes this case unusual are the
without cause. Dan Issel used to make $2.5 million conditions a Superior Court judge at-
Blacks have noticed some things, too. a year as the coach of the Denver Nug- tached to the plea bargain. The Chais-
Shelly Whiting, who used to work at the gets basketball team. Not any more. On sons had a choice between jail and tak-
office as a receptionist, says she twice ing down the Confederate flag, selling
heard a black manager make insulting their house and moving out of town, and
remarks about whites and light-skinned submitting to “cultural diversity train-
blacks. She says Mr. Holman did not dis- ing.” They sold the house, moved, and
courage such talk, and definitely treated took the training. Now the Simms are
blacks and whites differently. Tamika suing them for monetary damages in
Maultsby, a case worker who also re- civil court, claiming the Chaissons’ ac-
signed, says that with “a lot of [that kind tions hurt Mr. Simms boxing career and
of] stuff going on in the office, it’s just made his children get bad grades in
too much.” A source on the security staff school. [Tucker McCormack, Family
for the building says Mr. Holman twice Sues Over Harassment, New Haven
ordered guards to escort employees from Register, Dec. 29, 2001. Frank Juliano,
the building for no apparent reason. Milford Bias Victims Suing Former
“That’s totally not standard operating Neighbors, Connecticut Post, Dec. 29,
procedure,” he said. “You would only 2001.]
do that if someone’s violent or suspected
of stealing.” Blacks v. Blacks
The problem with Mr. Holman should December 11, he got into a shouting
be resolved soon. Carolyn Graham, the match with a fan after a 99-96 loss, and There are 269 Somalis in the Boston
deputy mayor who oversees the Office concluded the exchange with: “Go drink public schools, and nearly 100 of them
of Human Rights, has paid an organiza- another beer you Mexican piece of attend English High School. American
tional psychologist $19,000 to interview (expletive).” It was “Mexican” that got blacks don’t like them. On November
the staff and defuse tensions. [Sewell him in trouble, not the expletive. His- 6, tensions escalated into a serious brawl
Chan, Rights Chief Accused of Bias, panics bellowed and threatened boycott. when black students started snatching
Washington Post, Dec. 30, 2001.] Mr. Issel made a tearful public apology off the scarves Somali girls wear on their
and groveled to Hispanic leaders. The heads. “This was the most angry mob
Nation of Dropouts team first suspended Mr. Issel for four of kids I ever saw,” says Pat Mullane, a
games and fined him $112,000, but that teacher. “It was very frightening.’’ She
The National Center for Education apparently wasn’t enough. On Decem- said the American blacks knocked So-
Statistics reports that the country has an ber 26, general manager Kiki Vander- malis to the floor and stomped them,
86 percent high school graduation rate, weghe told reporters, “Dan thought it while others linked arms around the
and that people of all races graduate at was best for himself, his family and the mayhem to stop teachers from getting
about the same rate. Jay Greene, author Nuggets that he step back from coach- in to break up the fight. There were po-
of a recent study published by the Man- ing.” [Denver Nuggets Coach Resigns lice officers on campus later that week,
hattan Institute says that figure is in- Over Ethnic Slur, Reuters, Dec. 26, and all students were searched with
flated. He disregarded GEDs and other 2001.] metal detectors. “This is just the begin-
substitutes, and simply compared the ning,” says one Somali senior. “More
number of eighth graders in one year and Loose Lips Sink More will happen.”
the number of graduates four years later. Boston Schools Superintendent Tho-
He juggled the numbers to account for Ships mas W. Payzant is clearly on top of the
demographic change, and found that 78 Tarvis Simms is a black man married situation: “When you have students rep-
percent of whites graduate but only 56 to a white woman. They have two chil- resenting many different cultures and
percent of blacks and 54 percent of His- dren and live in Milford, Connecticut. some different values, we’re going to
panics. Naturally, graduation rates dif- In 1999, they got into a feud with their need to be sensitive to differences and
fer greatly from state to state. In Iowa, white neighbors, Wilfred and Michelle give young people the kind of tools to
93 percent of all students graduate but Chaisson, over the use of a shared drive- understand those differences and respect
in Georgia only 57 percent do. Blacks way. The Simms say that before long them without trying to resolve them with
do best in West Virginia, where 71 per- the Chaissons were shouting racial in- inappropriate or illegal behavior,” he
cent graduate, and worst in Wisconsin, sults at them. They also say the Chais- says. [Sandy Coleman, Somalis Say Stu-

American Renaissance - 13 - February 2002


dents are Targeted, Boston Globe, Nov. Filipino, Japanese, American Indian or seemed to permeate the ranks and were
10, 2001.] other). They also have to indicate not limited to the activities of a few
whether they frisked the person and why rogue officers.” [Jill Leovy, Paper Trail
Dat Ol’ Debil Racism they stopped him. During the coming Begins on Racial Profiling, Los Ange-
year, Los Angeles officers will probably les Times, Nov. 12, 2001.]
On October 27, the Water Street Tav- fill out 700,000 such forms. Even in these benighted times, a few
ern and Restaurant Association in Mil- The reason for the paperwork is that people are still willing to look at the
waukee sponsored a Halloween costume they are presumed to be guilty of racial facts.
contest. Master of ceremonies for the profiling, and the data are supposed to
contest was a radio personality from a smoke out offenders. It is all part of a Aiding the Virus
federal consent decree the department
entered into with the US Department of New antiretroviral drugs now make
Justice, which suspected “racism” on the it possible to keep people with AIDS
force. There are now more than 60 po- alive indefinitely, but the drugs have to
lice departments in California that be taken consistently. People on the dole
gather this kind of information, and sev- who have AIDS get the drugs for free,
eral other states also require it. but many forget to take them. In a re-
Of course, no one knows what the cent study of 1,740 welfare recipients
data will mean. How many frisked with AIDS who started taking anti-
Mexicans is too many frisked Mexi- retroviral drugs in 1996, 35 percent had
cans? Some people have pointed out that stopped taking their free drugs two years
anti-gang units do a lot of stopping and later. Not surprisingly, there were racial
frisking, and that gang members “hap- differences: Thirty percent of white
pen to be” black and Hispanic. Also, welfare recipients couldn’t manage to
during commuting hours, there may be keep taking them while 40 percent of
a lot of whites driving through Hispanic blacks couldn’t. As Stephen Crystal of
neighborhoods. Will their presence skew Rutgers University who conducted the
the results? study delicately put it, “African Ameri-
A recent Los Angeles Times article on cans still seem to experience barriers not
the new system even hints there may be just to initiating these therapies, but per-
local FM radio station. Station interns good reason to stop non-whites. It cites haps more critically to continuing on
picked out 10 particularly good cos- a study by a University of Southern Cali- them consistently.” Such carelessness
tumes, and then judged the winner ac- fornia professor Howard Greenward can be dangerous to others. People who
cording to how loudly the crowd conducted for the Sacramento Police do not take the drug consistently make
cheered. Alas, the winner was a white Department: it easier for the AIDS virus to mutate
man in black face dressed as Aunt “Although more than twice the per- into drug-resistant forms. [Charnicia
Jemima. He wore a padded calico dress centage of blacks were stopped by po- Huggins, US Blacks Delay Start of
with a cloth around his head, and strut- lice for minor violations than are present AIDS Therapy, Quit Sooner, Reuters
ted around a makeshift stage carrying a in Sacramento’s population, racial bias Health, Dec. 26, 2001.]
frying pan and throwing pancakes to the did not seem to explain the disparity, he
crowd. The mostly-white audience [Prof. Greenward] said. Bad to Worse in Zim
whooped with approval. The usual “Only 14% of Sacramento’s popula-
people are distressed. Jerry Hamilton of tion, blacks represented 42% of suspects Cathy Buckle is a white woman who
the NAACP is “sad and distraught” and described by witnesses to dispatchers lives on a farm in Zimbabwe, and writes
“really shocked” by the contest, saying and 46% of parolees, both factors that occasionally about the horrors that be-
there should have been sensitivity stan- give police additional cause for scruti- set her country. She reports that although
dards for the costumes. The radio sta- nizing people. Zimbabwe used to export food, the pa-
tion has apologized and says it will set “More important, he said, the high ralysis caused by farm invasions means
guidelines for taking part in promotions. percentage of blacks stopped by police the country is running out of food. In-
[Tom Heinen and Gary Rummler, appeared to be tied to targeted law en- ternational relief agencies estimate as
WKTO Site Featured ‘Aunt Jemima,’ forcement in high-crime neighborhoods, many as one million Zimbabweans
Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee), Nov. 4, which happened to be disproportion- could go hungry in the months to come.
2001.] ately black. Government authorities acknowledge
“Courts have given police wide lati- the crisis and have asked for aid, but they
Keeping the Police Busy tude to stop people in areas where crimes have forbidden aid agencies to distrib-
have occurred, and because more blacks ute the food. “We will not allow strang-
As they do in many cities, police of- lived in such areas in Sacramento, they ers to roam around our country interfer-
ficers in Los Angeles must now keep a got stopped more.” ing,” explained the information minis-
record of the race of every person they “Greenward found no significant dif- ter, saying Zimbabwe would handle dis-
stop. Beginning on Nov. 1, they had to ference in the racial and ethnic patterns tribution. Mrs. Buckle notes that the
record the “apparent descent” of the of traffic stops among black, white and food crisis will only get worse because
person (white, black, Hispanic, Chinese, Latino officers. He also said the patterns the blacks who have invaded white-

American Renaissance - 14 - February 2002


owned farms are often unable even to Muslims for whom even the Middle East He says the government should support
grow food for themselves, much less run is too hot. Abu Hamza al-Masri is his school, and make it harder for for-
a commercial farm. wanted in Yemen for terrorist bombings, eign mullahs to get work visas.
On November 17, a gang of about 500 but preaches at a mosque in London. Abdul Haqq Baker, who runs a Lon-
supporters of President Robert Mugabe Sheikh Omar Bakri was expelled from don mosque, is also a protectionist. He
rampaged through the streets of Bula- Saudi Arabia for anti-government activ- says too many imported preachers can’t
wayo, attacking whites. They knocked ity, but now teach radical Islam in even speak English and don’t under-
many to the ground and pulled others Ealing. stand the West. He says they get fund-
from cars and beat them. Most of the Men like them have found a ready ing from Arab countries to turn British-
victims, both men and women, were old welcome among the millions of British born Pakis and Bangladeshis into holy
people. Police were present but seemed Muslims. Muhammed Kureishi, for ex- warriors. According to current regula-
to be acting mainly as escorts to the mob. ample, was born in Blackburn of Paki- tions, if a British mosque sponsors a
[Mugabe’s Mob Rule, Sunday Times stani parents and has lived in northern foreign mullah, he gets an immediate
(Australia), Nov. 18, 2001.] visa, and both Sheik Badwi and Mr.
Mrs. Buckle writes that white farm Baker have complained to Home Sec-
houses are being looted with impunity, retary David Blunkett about this. Mr.
and that farmers live in fear for their Blunkett has agreed to changes that
lives. Mrs. Buckle concludes: “We are would give preferences to British-
all alone, powerless and frightened of trained clerics and make it harder for
where, how and when this will stop.” foreigners to take their jobs. [Paul Mar-
tin, London Targets Muslim Radicals,
Hasta La Vista, Baby Washington Times, Dec. 28, 2001. p.
A13.]
For years, Mexican immigrants have
been pouring into North Carolina to More Pakis
work in furniture and textile factories.
Now, with the economy weaker, some Mr. and Mrs. Shujat Ali of Pakistan
are losing their jobs and going home. are the parents of the first baby born in
The evidence is everywhere. Newspa- “Legally, I’m a Brit.” Australia in 2002. Mrs. Ali speaks al-
per reporters learned that sales of char- most no English and had little to say
ter bus tickets to the Mexican border are England all his life. He has never been about the birth, which occurred at 12:15
up 20 to 40 percent over last year. Apart- to Pakistan or the Middle East, but is a a.m., but Mr. Ali pronounced himself
ment complexes that used to be jammed fervent Muslim who dreams of the day pleased that his seven- and five-year-old
with Mexicans are now reporting va- when the caliphate is reestablished and daughters now have a baby sister. [First
cancy rates of 20 to 25 percent. Mexi- Islam rules the world. “Legally, I’m a 2002 Baby Dad’s Birthday Surprise,
cans are wiring less money home. The Brit,” he says, “but I don’t consider Sydney Morning Herald, Jan. 1, 2002.]
manager of Lupitas Tienda Mexicana on myself British.” Recently he joined
Central Avenue in Charlotte says that some 100 demonstrators in Blackburn, Wretched Refuse
on an ordinary weekend Hispanics use who carried pictures of Osama bin
her Western Union machine to send Laden, and chanted slogans like “Mus- Just over a majority of the people liv-
home about $70,000. Now they are lims of the world unite with the Taliban.” ing in Miami-Dade County in Florida
sending about $40,000. The Mexican A number of radical clerics have were born in a country other than the
National Migration Institute reports that bragged about the number of “Brits” like United States. At 51 percent, the figure
in the two months since the Sept. 11 at- Mr. Kureishi who have been recruited is the highest for any “American” met-
tacks, 350,000 Mexicans returned from to fight in Chechnya and Afghanistan. ropolitan area. In the city of Miami it-
the United States, nine percent more [Sharon Waxman, True Believers, self, 61 percent of residents are foreign-
than during the same period last year. Washington Post, Nov. 23, 2001, p. C1.] born. [Andrea Elliott and Jason Grotto,
[Christina Breen, Numbers in Holiday This sort of thing bothers a few 51 Percent in Miami-Dade Were Born
Exodus Grow, Charlotte Observer, Nov. people—but not, apparently ordinary in Other Nations, Washington Post, Nov.
17, 2001.] Englishmen. The most vocal opponents 20, 2001.]
It is common for Mexican illegals to of radical Islam are the “moderate” Not coincidentally, Miami has the
go home for the holidays and then sneak Muslims who don’t like foreign preach- highest poverty rate of any “American”
back in January. Now, with heightened ers poaching on their turf, and who think city of 250,000 or more. Thirty-two per-
surveillance because of terrorism, it is the crazier ones give them a bad name. cent fall below the standard of $17,603
harder to cross the border, so there is a They also think that by cosying up to for a family of four or $8,794 for a single
good chance many of the Mexicans the government they can get financial person. The city is almost always near
heading south will stay there. help for their own religious institutes. the top of the poverty list. In 1990, it
Sheik Ahmed Badwi, who runs a train- was fourth, and in 1980 it was third. As
Mullah Protectionism ing center for clerics called the Muslim City Manager Carlos Gimenez explains,
College, says he wants the government “This is a city of extremes. You have
Britain, with its tolerant amnesty to shut down some 300 after-hours rich and very rich and you have a lot of
laws, has long been a haven for radical schools that teach jihad and martyrdom. poor people. What we don’t have is the

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middle class.” [Jason Grotto and Will- say if any of them held H1-B visas. gating circumstances.” Judge Yohn
iam Yardley, Miami Herald, Nov. 20, American workers claim the system is overturned Mr. Abu-Jamal’s death sen-
2001.] mainly a way to recruit docile foreign- tence, ordering prosecutors to hold a
ers who are so grateful to be in the new sentencing hearing within 180 days.
Quick Justice United States they will accept low pay The Philadelphia District Attorney
and bad conditions. There is almost no was outraged, as was Daniel Faulkner’s
Penis thieves have been spotted again policing of companies who hire H-1B widow. Prosecutor Lynn Abraham
in Africa, this time in Cotonou, the capi- workers, and even some of the immi- promised to appeal the ruling, and even
tal of Benin. It is widely believed they grants have begun to complain of star- if the ruling is upheld and a new sen-
can steal penises right out of a man’s vation wages and threats of deportation tencing hearing takes place, there is no
trousers with just a handshake. This if they complain. [Jube Shiver, Tech guarantee the death sentence will be
time, the thieves got their just deserts. Workers Complaining About Use of overturned. Mr. Abu-Jamal may yet face
In November, alert citizens caught three Visa Program, Los Angeles Times, Nov. the needle.
foreigners of unspecified nationality and 25, 2001.] There was jubilation in Europe,
burned them to death. College students where Mr. Abu-Jamal has become the
likewise caught a Nigerian penis thief Abu-Jamal Lives (For fair-haired lad of the lefties. “We are
and gave him a sound thrashing. [Three pleased,” said Elisabetta Zamtarutti of
Alleged ‘Penis Thieves’ Burnt Alive,
Now) the Italian anti-death penalty group
Agence France Presse, Nov. 24, 2002.] On Dec. 9, 1981, Black Panther Party Hands off Cain. “Abu-Jamal became a
activist Mumia Abu-Jamal shot Phila- symbol because he was a black writer
Hide and Sikh delphia police- who raised both the question of racial
man Daniel discrimination and the death penalty.”
As part of heightened security in the Faulkner once Sparing this killer’s life will not be
wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, airport se- in the back, enough for his fans. Amnesty Interna-
curity guards have been asking Sikhs to and then again tional says justice won’t be done until
remove their turbans for searches. Un- in the face, he gets a new trial. Jeff Mackler of some-
der pressure from the Maryland-based killing him. He thing called Mobilization to Free Mumia
Sikh Mediawatch and Resources Task has never de- Abu-Jamal wants him back on the
Force, the Federal Aviation Administra- nied the crime. streets. “If they give him a life sentence
tion has now declared it illegal to make Convicted and without bail, that’s totally unacceptable
a Sikh take off his turban. For Sikhs, the sentenced to to us.” [David Morgan, Judge Overturns
turban is sacred, and a Sikh man may death, Mr. Death Sentence for Abu-Jamal, Reuters,
never bare his head in public. Sikhs will Abu-Jamal has since won the support Dec. 18, 2001.]
also be allowed to carry ceremonial dag- of European leftists and Hollywood lib-
gers or kirpans on board airplanes, but erals like Martin Sheen, who say he is a Disorder in the Court
they must be small,, and packed in their victim of a racist justice system. With
luggage. [Viji Sundaram, Turban their support, For the first time in 26 years, the Illi-
Searches Illegal, FAA Says, San Fran- Mr. Abu-Jamal nois Courts Commission has removed a
cisco Chronicle, Nov. 25, 2001.] has conducted a sitting judge from the Cook County
relentless pub- Bench. Oliver Spurlock, who is black,
Who Needs Americans? licity campaign was found to have sexually harassed
to avoid his sen- four female prosecutors. Over a period
Last year, executives from Intel, tence. Despite of several years, he made a practice of
Motorola, and Sun Microsystems lob- all the noise, Mr. luring them into his office, where he
bied Congress to expand quotas for what Abu-Jamal’s ef- groped and kissed them.
are known as H1-B visas, which are forts bore little Judge Spurlock stoutly denied all
granted to scientists and computer spe- fruit. In 1995, charges, claiming the women who
cialists. The companies insisted there the Pennsylvania brought them were “racists” or
were not enough trained Americans to Supreme Court “drunks.” The commission chose to be-
keep the industry going, but by the time upheld his conviction and death sen- lieve the women. The judge did admit
new regulations were written, the dot- tence, and denied his attempt at another he had managed to get a court reporter
com boom went bust and the economy appeal in 1998. The US Supreme Court into his office and have sex with her,
slowed. There have been 600,000 lay- rejected his appeal in 1999. and grudgingly conceded this was a vio-
offs in the industry during the last 10 With a new team of lawyers, Mr. lation of judicial ethics. He has now been
months, but that has not stopped high- Abu-Jamal launched another round of bounced from his $127,000-a-year job,
tech companies from bringing in a appeals. On Dec. 17, he got lucky. Al- and the state agency that disciplines law-
record 163,200 foreign workers during though he found that Mr. Abu-Jamal had yers will decide whether he should be
the year on H-1B visas. a fair trial, Federal judge William Yohn disbarred because of the false testimony
Texas Instruments is typical, with 800 said the jurors who sentenced him may he gave during the inquiry. [Abdon
H-1B workers who make up three per- have been confused by the judge’s in- Pallasch, ‘An Embarrassment to the
cent of the payroll. In the past year, TI structions and the verdict sheet, and may Robe,’ Chicago Sun-Times, Dec. 4,
has laid off 2,500 workers but will not not have had a chance to consider “miti- 2001.] Ω

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