Julie Bosnian and the editors of the Wisconsin Badger-Herald
are to be commended for their courage in standing up to campus fascists
at the University of Wisconsin who threatened them for printing my, ad
Reasons Why Reparations For Slavery Is A Bad Idea--And Racist Too.”
(It is racist because payment is being deon the basis of skin color, ignoring
the fact that there were thousands of blacks who were slaveowners or freemen,
a.nd that the ancestors of most non-blacks were either opposed to slavery,
not slave owners themselves or immigrated to America after slavery was
Ms. Bosman's March 14 editorial-page piece dramatizes a horrific situation on American campuses in which the political left that is fully in control of the campus public square is able to censor views that it 'finds objectionable. Its tactics are moral and physical intimidation. Moral intimidation through a species of racial McCarthyism-wild accusations of racism and bigotry, and indiscriminate use of guilt by association; physical intimidation through book burning, literature trashing and mob action as described by Ms. Bosman. Unfortunately, for more than a decade, university officials across the country have adopted a tolerant, hear- and see-no evil attitude toward these outrages, a posture that merely encourages their perpetrators.
So far my paid advertisement has been rejected by 18 college newspapers (including three that ran Holocaust denial ads), and accepted without incident or apology by only two (details on my Web site at www.frontpagemagazine.com). The assistant chancellor at the University of California, Berkeley, actually accused me of bringing an unwanted difference of opinion to his campus. In a letter dated March 12, he wrote me: "No demand for 'dialogue' existed prior to your effort to provoke it."
Center for the Study of Popular Culture Los Angeles
Hooray for Julie Bosnian and her colleagues on the editorial board of the Badger Herald at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It has taken these children to educate their peers as to American traditions of liberalism, and, not leastwise, the craven adults who run our most prestigious, educational institutions, and who have inoculated their campuses with intolerance for viewpoints not previously approved as being so bland as to not upset anyone.
The preceding letters were published in The Wall Street Journal