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Why did U-M student paper refuse to print book ad?

By David Horowitz

When the University of Michigan student paper refused to run a paid advertisement for my newly published book, Hating Whitey and Other Progressive Causes, I was concerned but not surprised. After all, my own publisher — the Free Press — refused to publish it. Although I had made the Free Press more than $700,000 on my last two books, my editor told me: “We will never publish a book with that title.”

    Why is Hating Whitey such a controversial title? Are there no haters of white people? What about the followers of Louis Farrakhan who believe all whites are “devils” and will be destroyed by God in a coming Armageddon? What about the late jazz great Miles Davis who once said he would rather be alone on a desert island than be there with a white person?

    Many otherwise intelligent people have been brainwashed to believe that black people can’t be haters because “only those who have power can be racists.” As if there were no black elected officials, or corporate executives, or military officers, or law enforcement officials with power over whites. There is even an academic discipline called “whiteness studies,” which teaches that “whiteness must be abolished by any means necessary.”

    In refusing my ad, the Michigan Daily explained that the title “might offend some of our students.” The spokesman made it clear he meant white students. But why would white students who have suffered from the anti-white racism be offended by a book that protested this fact?

    There is no real answer to the question because it is not white students, as such, who would be offended by this book and its title. Only whites who consider themselves “progressive” will find its contents unpalatable.

    Hating Whitey and Other Progressive Causes is “controversial” because it addresses the central hypocrisy of our political culture. As Americans, we insist that it is wrong to denigrate any ethnic group. But out of the other sides of our mouths we collectively assume that white people are racists and oppressors, and can be blamed for every problem that afflicts minority communities, especially the ones that are black.

    Do young black men in the inner city kill each other with alarming frequency? It must be white gun makers who are to blame. At least that is the implication of the latest suit by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the American Civil Liberties Union against gun manufacturers.

    Are there too many blacks in jail? To listen to civil rights leaders that couldn’t be because blacks commit too many crimes. It must be because of white racism in the criminal justice system (even though in cities where the mayor and police chief are black, the percentages are the same).

    Do too many black children fail to perform well on standardized national tests? That couldn’t be because their parents or their communities are failing them. It must be because white racists have designed the tests to be culturally biased against blacks (but apparently not Cambodians or Sri Lankans, who do very well on them). That is the message of the NAACP’s new lawsuit against the educational testing services.

    In the years since Martin Luther King’s assassination, the civil rights movement has become a movement of blame against whites for problems that are endemic to some minority communities. Why doesn’t anyone say: It’s time to retire the current civil rights leadership, which has become a divisive force in our multiethnic society, and send a message that is hurtful to those minority youth who are afflicted by violence and are unable to compete in the educational arena?

    The reason for the silence is that people are intimidated because they don’t want to be called “insensitive” or even “racist.” That is why I insisted on calling my book Hating Whitey and Other Progressive Causes. Someone has to blurt it out. It might as well be me.

David Horowitz is president of the Los Angeles-based Center for the Study of Popular Culture. “Hating Whitey” is published by Spence publishers, Dallas. Write letters to The Detroit News, Editorial Page, 615 W. Lafayette, Detroit, Mich. 48226.

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