Posted on June 1, 1997

O Tempora, O Mores! (June, 1997)

American Renaissance, June 1997

AIDS and the Man

Helsinki, Finland is in an uproar over the trial of a 35-year-old black American, Steve Thomas, who went on a sex spree after learning that he has the AIDS virus. Mr. Thomas, who is married to a Finnish woman with whom he had two children, reportedly had sex with over 100 women in the last several years. Dozens of them now have the virus. Mr. Thomas worked as a doorman at bars and nightclubs, where women are said to have found him appealingly exotic. He faces more than 100 counts of attempted murder. In 1990 a Helsinki court sentenced an Ugandan man to 11½ years in prison for deliberately infecting women with AIDS. (N.Y. Rapper Accused in HIV Murder-trial in Finland, New York Daily News, April 18, 1997. Devlin Barrett, HIV+ New York Lover on Trial in Finland, New York Post, April 18, 1997, p. 3.)

A similar case has come to light in East St. Louis, Illinois. Twenty-eight-year-old Darnell McGee learned in 1992 that he had the AIDS virus and, according to friends, was determined to give it to as many women as possible. Like Mr. Thomas, he is said to have seduced over 100 young women of all races, ranging in age from 12 to 22. Over 30 have tested positive and one has given birth to an AIDS-infected baby.

Mr. McGee gave rides to young girls in his Cadillac, told them they were beautiful, bought them hamburgers, and argued — sometimes even cried — for sex. In January, Mr. McGee was murdered in what may have been a revenge killing. The man who dispatched him is still at large. (Kristina Sauerwein, Man’s Deadly Legacy Triggers Frantic Race, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 11, 1997, p. 1. Kristina Sauerwein, For McGee, Hunt Was Thrill, Experts Say, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 27, 1997, p. 1.)

Great Black Hope

Julius Ceasar Watts is a black Republican Congressman from Oklahoma. He was first sent to Washington in 1994 at age 39, and has been the darling of his party ever since. Five days after he was elected to his first term, he was offered the plum job of rebutting one of President Clinton’s Saturday radio addresses. Last summer, he was perhaps the only freshman Congressman to speak to the Republican National Convention, and in February he became the first black given the honor of responding to a State of the Union address.

House Speaker, Newt Gingrich, reports that it was Mr. Watts who, virtually single-handedly, persuaded the Republicans not to start a major fight over affirmative action. Mr. Watts, who is riding high on affirmative action himself, reportedly thinks there were more important conservative battles to be fought.

Mr. Watts preaches family values but became an unwed father at age 18. An uncle reared the child. He also preaches fiscal responsibility, but his real estate management company abstained from property taxes for two years, and was assessed $67,000 in delinquency payments. In 1994, Mr. Watts failed to report $14,320 of his wife’s income to the IRS. Much is forgiven a black “conservative.” (Lynn Sweet, GOP Hail Julius Ceasar Watts, Chicago Sun-Times, March 25, 1997, p. 6.)

Great White Dope

In this, the 50th anniversary year of Jackie Robinson’s debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers, we have been well reminded that this event was nearly as important as the First Coming. Now, William Clinton would have us believe that he spent his youth throwing Robinson in the faces of racist Arkansas hicks. In an interview with NBC Radio News, Mr. Clinton said that in his youth, Robinson was “the ultimate trump card” in arguments about race: “If you were arguing the integration side of the argument, you could always play the Jackie Robinson card and watch the big, husky redneck shut up,” Mr. Clinton explained. (Sonly Ross, Clinton Addresses Racial Barriers, AP, April 15, 1997.)

Hitting Bottom

In Chicago’s heavily black and Hispanic schools, administrators have stopped supplying rest rooms with toilet paper, soap, or paper towels. If they leave paper in the rest rooms, students clog the plumbing by flushing whole rolls down toilets, and plaster the walls and ceilings with wads of wet paper. Many teachers establish official bathroom breaks, when they dispense just enough paper for a single use. Other schools supply paper in the rest rooms but teachers always accompany students to make sure they do not go wild. There is no soap in these rest rooms because students tear the soap dispensers off the walls. There are no doors to the stalls because students destroy them.

Recently the principal of Revere School on the South Side relaxed its no-paper policy, but only for its older students. They immediately reverted to waste and wildness, so the policy was reinstated. (Janita Poe, In School Bathrooms, Tissue is a Privilege, Chicago Tribune, Feb. 4, 1997, p. 1.)

The Great Have Fallen

The March 4 New York Times carried a 19-inch obituary of Robert Paschal, complete with photograph. Not familiar with Mr. Paschal? He was the black proprietor of Paschal’s, an Atlanta restaurant where Martin Luther King and his friends frequently met to plan the civil rights movement. Thus is fame earned in these strange times. His restaurant was also famous for its, ahem, fried chicken. (Kevin Sack, R.H. Paschal, 88, Restaurateur Who Nurtured Rights Leadership, New York Times, March 4, 1997, p. D23.)

Living the Dream

Joshua White was a 23-year-old child of hippies who grew up in downtown San Francisco. He was a perfect liberal, who became a child care worker for ghetto children, and had a job as a teacher’s aide for learning-disabled pupils at Martin Luther King Middle School. In March, he was shot for no apparent reason by a black man who approached him with a gun, saying “You want to f*** with me?”

Joshua White’s parents were stalwart to the end. Despite their grief, they blamed society, not the unknown killer. The father says, “The violence and despair that is growing among young people just reached right into our home and took our son. The guy who killed my son might have grown up with more respect for other people if he’d had decent schools and programs and playgrounds.” (Leslie Goldberg, “Love Met Hate’ at Murder Scene, San Francisco Examiner, April 12, 1997, p. A1.)

Blows for Our Side

Columnist Don Feder of the Boston Herald has written an Op-Ed piece that could have come straight out of AR. Called “Americans: An Endangered Species,” it concludes:

Due in large part to our open-borders style of national suicide, America’s European population will shrink from 74 percent today to 53 percent in 2050.“What kind of America will your children and grand-children inherit — the multiculturalists’ delusion of Diversity Disney World where a rainbow of smiling faces celebrates their differences, or Rwanda with high-tech machetes?

I’d rather read about voodoo rites than have my next-door neighbors practice them. I’ll willingly forgo more ethnic restaurants for telephone operators who speak my language . . . In 1993, the Sierra Club published a coffee-table book called ‘Endangered Peoples,’ covering such exotics as the Tuareg or North Africa and the Amazon’s Yanomami tribe.

Neglected is a group on the brink of extinction that actually made a contribution to civilization — the Americans. (Don Feder, Boston Herald, March 19, 1997, p. 25.)

This prompted the usual baying for Mr. Feder’s head, but he came out of his corner swinging with another article, called “Despite Liberals Race Does Matter”:

If the alien inundation is as good for America as utopians insist, why then the more the merrier. Why stop at 1 million legal immigrants and another 500,000 illegals each year? Why not immediately open our doors to 20 million or 30 million? Why opt for slow suicide when we could go out with a glorious bang? Why is it that of all peoples on earth only Americans are not entitled to preserve their culture and national identity? . . .

At last we arrive at liberalism’s ugliest secret — liberals hate America (our history and heritage, which they deem irredeemably evil) and long for the day when our nation will sink into a great multicultural ooze.

Race and immigration are their tools for achieving those ends. (Don Feder, Despite Liberals Race Does Matter, Boston Herald, March 31, 1997, p. 23.)

So far as we know, Mr. Feder is still at his job.

Oh, to be Hispanic!

Bud Light has hit upon a new approach for ads on Spanish television. Lex and Ingo, two obvious “Anglos,” stumble upon a Spanish TV station. “Hey, it’s a Bud Light commercial in Spanish . . . Great music . . . Beautiful women . . .” they say in English, with Spanish subtitles. “Oh man, it must be cool to be Hispanic . . . Why can’t we be Hispanic?” In the next scene they are in a Hispanic bar trying to fit in. The ads are reportedly a great success. (Leon Wynter, Two Anglo Men Are a Hit on Hispanic TV, Wall Street Journal, April 2, 1997.)

Speaking in Tongues

Doctors who practice at Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx will have to learn Spanish. They will get free lessons but if they don’t speak the language well enough to communicate with Hispanic patients by June 1999, the city-owned hospital will fire them. One administrator, who would not give his name to the papers, said the plan is unworkable. “We have [foreign] doctors here that barely speak English,” he explained; “what are they going to learn, pidgin Spanish?” (Tracey Miller, Spanish Classes Prescribed for Jacobi Docs, New York Post, April 1, 1997, p. 20.)

The state of New York recently passed a law requiring all publicly-funded candidates for a city-wide office to engage in public debates. Isabelle Pinzler, a “civil rights” functionary for the U.S. Department of Justice has forbidden implementation of the law on the astonishing grounds that it would discriminate against voters who do not speak English and could not understand the debates. (Babel by Decree, New York Post, April 7, 1997, p. 23.)

Odd Couples

On April first, a new law went into effect that makes it easier to deport illegal aliens as well as legal aliens who commit crimes. Marriage to a compliant citizen has always been a quick route to legal residency, and applications to the Miami, Florida marriage license bureau leapt 30 percent as the deadline approached. It also prompted an increase in odd couples. “We’ve had grandmothers walk in here with teenage boys,” says one clerk.

Joe Hyde, a supervisor who conducts civil marriages, says that some couples have to bring an interpreter because they do not speak the same language. “And after you marry them, you tell the groom “You may kiss the bride,’” he says. “They look at each other and say “No thanks.’” (John Lantigua, As Law Changes, Odd Couples Bloom, Miami Herald, Feb. 27, 1997, p. 1A.)

Worse Than We Thought

David Scott is a law student at the University of Miami. He has been an outspoken “conservative” who criticized special treatment for non-white students. One day, an anonymous informer left confidential information from the admissions office in his mail box. It showed such gross racial preferences that, he says, “It seriously makes you question whether these people belong in an advanced-degree program with credentials so low.” He planned to write an article for the student newspaper describing his findings but mentioning no names.

When word got out that Mr. Scott planned such an article, the university’s assistant general counsel, Leyda Benitez-Herrmann, wrote him a letter saying that use of confidential information violated federal law and that he would be punished if he published. Mr. Scott consulted a lawyer and decided to return the documents to the admissions office and publish nothing. He was punished anyway. Non-white students filed an honor code violation complaint against him and he was found guilty of the astounding crime of “interfering with the rights of students to pursue their education free from any real or perceived need to justify their existence.” This was found to be “conduct which casts serious doubt on his fitness to be an attorney,” and he was forced out of every law school organization of which he was a member. Even worse, a letter describing this finding of guilt was put in his permanent file, to be sent to any state bar he attempts to join. This could conceivably keep him from becoming a lawyer.

Mr. Scott did what he was told. He published nothing. He revealed no information about individuals. “Essentially all I did was I made black students feel bad,” he says. And for that he risks being prevented from practicing law. (Mary Geraghty, Students, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 28, 1997, p. A43.)

Start Learning it Now

Many younger Hispanics reportedly use a mix of English and Spanish called Spanglish. There is even a monthly magazine written in Spanglish called Latina, with headlines like “When he says Me Voy [I’m leaving] . . . What Does He Really Mean?” or “Mi Padre’s Infidelity. Are Cuernos [horns] Genetic?”

A constant mix of English and Spanish appears to be more popular among young Hispanic women than men. Nely Galan, a 32-year-old who runs a television and film production company, explains the charms (in English) of her preferred dialect:

I think Spanglish is the future. It’s a phenomenon of being from two cultures. It’s perfectly wonderful. I speak English perfectly. I speak Spanish perfectly, and I choose to speak both simultaneously. How cool is that? (Lizette Alvarez, Spanish-English Hybrid is Spoken With No Apologies, New York Times, March 25, 1997.)

Unfit to Print

On April 24th, the New York Times printed a large ad, signed by 62 college presidents, promoting affirmative action. Next to it ran a favorable little story about what the leaders of America’s top colleges were doing to maintain diversity. The headline was: “62 Top Colleges Endorse Bias In Admissions.” The next morning, the Times corrected this “editing error,” noting that “‘Bias,’ as a term for affirmative action, was neither impartial nor accurate. It should not have appeared.” (The New York Times Tells the Truth — Oops, The Weekly Standard, May 5, 1997, p. 2.)

Beauty and the Beasts

Brigitte Bardot, the retired French film star, has once more protested against Arab immigration to France. Last year she criticized the Muslim ritual of slitting the throats of sheep for the Ramadan festival. Recently, in light of a five-year Islamic insurgency in Algeria in which a number of French nationals, including monks, have had their throats cut, she said: “They’ve slit the throats of women and children, of our monks, our officials, our tourists and our sheep. They’ll slit our throats one day and we’ll deserve it.” “A Muslim France, with a North African Marianne,” she said, referring to the female symbol of France; “why not, at the point we are at?”

Miss Bardot is to appear in September before the Paris Court of Appeals for last year’s alleged acts of “hatred and racial discrimination.” In January, a lower court acquitted her of the charges, which could bring one year in prison and a fine of $55,000. (Jocelyn Noveck, Bardot Attacks Sheep Ritual, AP, April 17, 1997.)

Doing Her Bidding

Black television personality, Oprah Winfrey, has launched an on-air book club. She is so influential that all five books she has recommended have gone to the top of the best-seller list. When she chooses a new book, her producers alert the publisher in advance so it can print enough copies. She also insists that the publisher make 10,000 copies of the book available to libraries to meet demand. (James Howard, Oprah Plugs Book; Price Rises $5, Rocky Mountain News, April 19, 1997, p. 9D.)

Will They Ever Learn?

White South African liberals have discovered that they get no gratitude from blacks for the fight against apartheid. Helen Suzman, now 79, was one of the original white anti-white activists. “I am surprised at the hostility to liberals these days, even from moderates in the African National Congress,” she says; “I expected it from the right and the far left, who have always called us “Lenin’s useful idiots,’ but I didn’t expect it from them.”

Professor Ithumeleng Mosala explains why blacks despise liberals: “Liberalism is rooted in individualism and that is part of the problem in our society, and it is rooted in possessiveness. Instead of having a proper revolution in this country, we’ve had a liberal revolution and that is why blacks are still where they are today, in the gutter, and why whites are still rich.” Today, it is routine for whites who worked for majority rule to be called “racists” by the people they helped put into power.

Miss Suzman expects the best: “Liberals are a sort of endangered species, but as far as I am concerned we have won — look at the constitution, the bill of rights, they are everything we stood for — so let them rant. I am surprised, but I am not worried.” (Richard Meares, White Liberals Face Hostility in New South Africa, Reuters, March 17, 1997.)

Black Graduation

Affirmative action brings many unprepared blacks to universities. This is reflected in dropout rates. What follow are the percentages of white and black students at various universities who manage to graduate within six years. University of North Carolina — whites 86 percent, blacks 64 percent; Rutgers University — 80, 60; U.C. Berkeley — 84, 58; University of Illinois — 82, 54; Penn State — 80, 51; University of Delaware — 73, 56. (After Late Start, University Works Hard to Graduate Blacks, New York Times, Dec. 1, 1996, p. 16.)

The Diversity Hustle

Towers Perrin is a consulting firm that touts its customized, individually crafted “diversity programs” to help bring companies into the multi-culti future for which we yearn. The American subsidiary of Japan’s Nissan Motor Company recently paid the company $105,000 to produce a diversity proposal but was disappointed to find that everything in it was extremely general and not specific to Nissan. In fact, Towers Perrin has boiler plate diversity analyses that it can slap together for most any client. The Wall Street Journal got hold of eleven Towers Perrin diversity reports and found startling similarities. Most similar, of course, was the final recommendation — employee training to be conducted by Towers Perrin.

Sample blather: “As the nature of [insert company name]’s work changes from a command and control style to a more empowering style where invisible leveraging will be a key to success, leaders must learn how to build, lead, and facilitate both diverse work units and cross-functional teams . . .” (Douglas Blackmon, Consultant’s Advice on Diversity was Anything But Diverse, Wall Street Journal, March 11, 1997, p. 1.)

Why They Get Fat

Nearly half of all black women and one third of white women are overweight. Recent research shows that blacks are more likely to get fat because they have more efficient metabolisms. In the resting state, fat black women consume five percent fewer calories than fat white women. (Jane Brody, Health Watch: Race, Gender and Weight, New York Times, March 26, 1997.)

Importing Incompetence

In March 1996, about one out of every 10 people in the United States or 24.6 million people, were foreign-born. They were worse off than natives in virtually every respect, with a poverty rate of 22.2 percent v. 12. 9 percent, unemployment at 4.9 percent v. 3.8 percent, and with 5.8 percent v. 4.5 percent getting cash assistance form the government. Naturally, the native-born include many non-whites. (Census Bureau News Release, Economic Challenges Wane With Time Among the Nation’s Foreign-Born Population, CB97-55, April 8, 1997.)

New Irish Eyes

Ireland has become a popular destination for “asylum” seekers. In 1992 there were 39 applications; in the first three months of 1997 they poured in at a rate of 2,500 a year. Rumanians — mostly Gypsies — account for a third of the rush, followed by Zairians, Somalis, Algerians, and Nigerians. Many of the Gypsies speak no English. They stand on street corners, some suckling infants, and beg by showing passersby hand-written cards asking for money. (Paul Cullen, Images Aimed at Tourists Attract Refugees as Well, Irish Times, April 19, 1997. Nuala Haughey, Better Here, Say Romany Gypsies, Irish Times, April 19, 1997.)