American Renaissance - 2 - October 2011
Letters from Readers
Sir—Your cover story is right aboutthe Southern Poverty Law Center: It is inthe business of stamping out speech withwhich it disagrees. It is outrageous thatanyone takes it seriously. This proveshow few people have any principles inthis country.I ask you, however: If the shoe wereon the other foot, and race realists hadpower and the muli-culties were mar-ginal, would you treat them any betterthan they treat you?Paul Hopper, Winston-Salem, N. C.Sir—You have been running ads forthe political party known as AmericanThird Position (A3P), which says its
goal is “to ght on behalf of the Dispos
-sessed White Majority.” This is fullyunderstandable, but there is just one
problem: Such a strategy won’t work in
the real world. The history of third partymovements in the US is a history of fail-ure, of succeeding only in throwing theelection to the wrong candidate. Sadly,such a fate also awaits A3P, despite this
party’s gutsy, independent spirit.
On top of the usual problems facingany new party, A3P also enters the ringwith a glass jaw when it says it backsthe “White Majority.” The contrived,cry-baby backlash against any party thatdemands “fair play for whites” would bedevastating. Just look at how the left hasbeen slandering the Tea Party.O.M. Ostland, Jr., Altoona, Pa.Sir—Schooling based on lies hasconsequences. In the August 2011 is-sue of AR, both Robert Greenburg andHippocrates offered brilliant analyses of the false explanations routinely offeredfor black behavior and the black-whiteachievement gap. These articles brought
to mind a reader’s comment on an on-
line, 2007 San Francisco
article called “Summit Called to Ad-dress Racial Disparities in AcademicPerformance.” The article insisted thatthe reason non-whites cannot read is thatwhite teachers are insensitive to theirneeds. “Teachergirl” wrote:“As a long-term veteran teacher of theOakland schools, I can only say that Icompletely dread the likely professionaldevelopment which is surely to come,in which white teachers will again betold how culturally insensitive we areand how we fail at teaching. I have beenhearing this . . . for my entire tenure of nearly two decades in the district. I havebeen called a racist for every imagin-able reason . . . except actual racism . .. . Meanwhile, if I try to address issuessuch as absenteeism, illiteracy, or failureto do homework, I am taken to task bystudents and their families. The realstory that should be investigated is theendless racism TOWARDS white teach-ers . . . Almost every white teacher inOakland has been subjected to treatmentthat would be headline news if it wereblack teachers being treated this way.
Welcome to OUSD! [Oakland Unied
School District]”Tom Shuford, Lenoir, N.C.Sir—I was moved by the photo youran on page six of the September issueas an illustration for the series of bookreviews about Rhodesia, now Zimba-bwe. The caption said it was a photo of children getting ready for a school playin Bulawayo in 1976. What a charmingclass of little white children! Even inthe United States you would have to
go to Idaho to nd such a wholesome,
all-white class. Somehow that group of innocent white children—utterly im-possible in Zimbabwe today—broughthome to me how much our race has lostin Africa. An entire world has disap-peared since 1976—just 35 years.Sarah Wentworth, Richmond, Va.Sir—I read with much interest Roger
Devlin’s article about witchcraft in
Africa. Since he was summarizing areport by UNICEF—an organizationthat portrays blacks in as rosy a light aspossible—I do not doubt that belief inmagic is just as widespread and devas-tating as he described.In the 1990s, I was working for a
consulting rm in New York City, and
one of our customers was from the West
African country of Senegal. I can’t quite
remember what prompted this, but Itook a client representative to the NewYork Museum of Natural History. As wewalked the galleries we happened ontoa collection of African carvings: masks,stools, fetishes, etc.My client stopped suddenly in frontof a mask that had what seemed to behundreds of rusty black nails hammeredinto it, and shaggy hair hanging from it.His eyes opened wide, and he said wehad to leave right away. We hurried outof the gallery and I could see that hishands were shaking. I asked him whatwas the matter but he mumbled a reply Idid not understand. Since he was a client
I didn’t feel as though I could press him.
I always assumed he had been frightenedby what he took to be a magical object.
Now that I have read Mr. Devlin’s ar
-ticle I am sure he was.Simon Goldberg, New York City
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