The Chicago Police Exam
First Promotions Since the
Abolition of Race Norming
Ninety-six percent of those who pass
are white. Racial hysteria ensues.
by Marian Evans
The city of Chicago has spent the summer working
itself into one of the finest racial frenzies in years. The heaving and
frothing have been as stupid as they were inevitable but they have called
attention to something very important: The city actually took a stand for
sanity, despite the sustained braying of every black and Hispanic
who could find a soap box.
Beneath the rococo frills that are always part of late-20th-century
race relations, the story is really quite simple. After years of blatant
racial preferences in the hiring and promotion of police officers, the
city of Chicago finally gave a test for police sergeant that was fair.
And it stuck to the results.
It is no easy job, devising a fair test that can weather the charges
of racism when whites, as they invariably do, outperform non-whites. The
administration of Mayor Richard Daley therefore went to astonishing lengths
to ensure that the 1994 sergeant test was beyond reproach. First, it took
the entire procedure of test-making and administration out of the hands
of the police and the politicians so as to avoid any possibility of favoritism.
At a cost of well over $5 million, the city hired a top-flight consulting
firm, Barrett and Associates, to devise the test, and the accounting firm
of Arthur Anderson to administer it.
The consultants interviewed 124 Chicago sergeants – 46 of them non-white
– as part of their project to devise the fairest, most
objective test possible. Once it was complete, Arthur Anderson treated
the test papers like plutonium. All employees involved with the project
had to sign sworn confidentiality agreements and to affirm, under penalty
of perjury, that they had no relatives on the Chicago police force. Advance
copies of the test were kept in a secured cage in a secret warehouse, under
The city actually took a
stand for sanity, despite the sustained braying of every black and Hispanic
who could find a soap box.
To make sure that no one got a head start on preparation, Chicago police
were all told on the same day when the test would be and exactly what it
would cover. Four thousand seven hundred candidates took the test.
The results, announced on July 22nd, would not have been much different
if the city had asked the Ku Klux Klan to grade the tests: 96 percent of
the 114 top scorers, eligible for immediate promotion, were white. There
were two Hispanics in the top group and three blacks, two of whom were
The last time Chicago minted new sergeants was in 1985. Then, of the
458 promoted, 26 percent were black and nine percent were Hispanic. That
year, as in previous years, scores were "race-normed" to ensure that non-whites
were promoted in proportion to their numbers on the force. Race norming
appears to have improved the chances of black promotion ten-fold: 26 percent
in 1985 as opposed to 2.6 percent in 1994.
This time, of course, blacks worked themselves into a fury of righteous
indignation. One alderman, John Steele, unbosomed this carefully-considered
"They [the promotions] are done on who you know and not what
you know. People are controlled by people who are not minorities, and they
look out for themselves and kick minorities to the curb."
"It's business as usual," said Patricia Hill, president of the African-American
Police League; "The objective is ultimately to eliminate African Americans
from any positions of decision-making on the job." She also explained that
blacks had failed the test because the questions were from "a white world."
One black lady police officer said she had not even bothered to take the
test because "I know the odds are stacked against me."
A black Chicago congressman, Bobby Rush, accused the Daley administration
and the police department of "flagrantly and shamelessly" practicing racial
discrimination. Black senator Carol Moseley-Braun joined another black
congressman, Mel Reynolds, (as well as a white senator, Paul Simon) in
urging the city to find some other way to promote officers. Hispanic
aldermen accused Mayor Daley of breaking his promise to hire more non-whites,
and complained about unspecified "cultural impediments" in the test. Some
black aldermen accused the white officers of cheating, or of getting advance
copies of the test. Alderman Ed Smith called for lie detector tests for
Arthur Anderson employees to see if any had leaked the questions to whites.
Mayor DAley made many of
the spineless gestures expected of whites but he refused to budge.
The Puerto Rican Police Association denounced the test, as did the Mexican
American Police Organization. The Chicago chapter of the National Organization
of Black Law Enforcement Executives demanded that the city find an alternative
to the "unfair" test, and the African-American Police League threatened
to break away from the Fraternal Order of Police and establish an all-black
labor union. The city informed them that would be illegal.
Despite this chorus of wailing, Mayor Daley refused to budge. The test,
he said, was fair, and ever since the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the city
was forbidden to fudge the scores the way it used to. He did, however,
make many of the spineless gestures expected of whites under these circumstances.
He claimed to be "as frustrated as anyone by the results" – an odd complaint
for someone who said he thought the test was fair. He even wrote a newspaper
editorial boasting about the large numbers of non-whites he has hired.
No one seemed to wonder how thumping great crowds of blacks and Hispanics
were going on the payroll when only a handful could pass the city's latest
and most excruciatingly fair test.
When it began to sink in that the mayor was not going to invalidate
the test, astonished black politicos started casting about for ways to
force him to. First, they tried to call a special meeting of the board
of aldermen to repudiate the results. Mayor Daley managed to persuade enough
of his supporters to boycott the meeting, and it failed to establish a
quorum. Black aldermen then held hearings, during which they grilled the
people who made and administered the test, hoping to find traces of racism.
Even these experts in detecting white wickedness could find none.
Blacks turned to the federal government. Congressman Bobby Rush called
on Attorney General Janet Reno to look into whether the test violated civil
rights laws. He threatened to vote against President Clinton's crime bill,
which would provide money for law enforcement, if she did not. "I cannot
and will not vote for a crime bill that will give Chicago more means with
which to discriminate," he explained. The Justice Department promptly began
What did whites have to say? For the most part, they moaned piously
about how it really was very, very sad that non-whites had done so poorly,
but they kept mum as to why. Columnist Mike Royko ventured the view that
blacks failed the test because most of them attended Chicago's public schools,
which are miserable.
The Chicago Tribune cleared its throat and decided that the test,
admirable though it might be, was just not the right way to choose sergeants.
"Non-objective, unquantifiable elements – the stuff we commonly call 'chemistry'
– come into play," it said. The editorial admitted uncomfortably that it
was precisely to eliminate non-objective evaluations that written tests
were introduced in the first place, but felt sure that broader evaluations
would fill the force with non-white sergeants. Blacks and Puerto Ricans
will presumably be found to be brimming with "chemistry." Of course, back
in the days of racial quotas, the Tribune seemed to think that pencil-and-paper
tests were just fine.
One white police officer, quoted anonymously by Mr. Royko, voiced perhaps
the only explanation for the results that was even faintly unorthodox:
"The poor performance by minority group members is a direct
result of affirmative action and selective promotions in the past. Maybe
these officers believed they didn't have to prepare as much and score as
well because they'd get promoted regardless."
No one in the entire city seems to have breathed a word about genetics
or racial differences in IQ. As it always does, the obvious explanation
hung over the debate like a great, black cloud, but everyone pretended
not to see it. U.S. News & World Report, in an article about
the fracas, conceded that a few people might think that the problem was
genetic, but this idea never appears to have gotten into print in Chicago
Even so, it is significant and encouraging that despite this huge controversy
over nothing, the city stood firm. It took $5 million and a summer of hand-wringing
and hot air to get essentially the same promotions the city would have
gotten 30 years ago, before the reign of racial idiocy – but Chicago has
achieved what may be its first real merit promotions in decades.
It is likely to have more. The same firm that designed the sergeant
test, Barrett and Associates, has been at work on other tests for the city.
The firm has made a name for itself as a purveyor of objective tests,
but the eponymous Mr. Barrett explains that when it comes to race, nothing
is yahoo-proof. "I've been in litigation since 1973 and the issue is always
the same – black officers who believe that they have been discriminated
against," he says. So far, his company has been sued in Akron and Columbus,
Ohio, but the tests have been proven in court to be unimpeachably objective.
A Useful Dustup
In the long run, high-profile dustups like this are enormously useful.
Only the most gibberingly liberal whites do not understand that the city
could not have tried harder to make the test objective and fair. Stripped
of the protection of the jiggery-pokery that passes for "equal opportunity,"
blacks performed miserably and everyone in Chicago knows it.
Everyone in Chicago also knows that whenever a black or Hispanic could
get near a microphone he bellowed about "bias" and "racism." Unlike the
usual "racism" story – blacks spout nonsense, whites whimper sympathetically,
and the story disappears – this one was on the front page long enough for
even the boneheads to see that black "leaders" were frauds and scoundrels,
snout to tail.
This is all excellent news. Every time a well-publicized, rigorously
objective test throws a harsh light on the black/white performance gap,
the more receptive the country becomes to the genetic explanations that
will eventually prevail. Every time blacks and Hispanics work themselves
into a roaring lather over imaginary "racism," the more immune to future
accusations the average white becomes.
Chicago may have taken its first, [%-2]hesitant steps towards redemption.
Miss Evans would like to thank a Chicago subscriber for his help
with this story.
What the Officers
With everyone from Mayor Daley and police superintendent Matt Rodriguez
on down expressing "disappointment" with the test results, how do the officers
who passed the test feel? A few spoke to reporters, but only on condition
White Woman: I thought this was gong to be legit, finally. No quotas.
No political involvement. Now this. The city officials says they are "disappointed"
in the results. What does that mean? Have they ever met any one of us?
No. Are they "disappointed" because they didn't get in the people they
wanted? Are they saying this to cover their political [butts]?
Non-white: This test was based solely on the general orders [police
regulations] and the law. How you can say that an internal exam based on
those two things is culturally or racially biased is ridiculous. . . .
If you don't understand the general orders or the law and how it applies
to police work, what good are you as a sergeant?
Those of us who are minorities and in the class have been congratulated.
But the whites now are living with the suggestion that they got there by
cheating. Now you talk about fairness. That is really unfair.
White Man: What the law is, that was this test. Cut and dried. No bias
in it. It's what we are supposed to know as police officers. The federal
investigation into this test is a waste of time. Look at every question
we were given, and show me one racially biased question.
White Woman: If I had the questions in advance, why did I pass with
flying colors and my husband who is a police officer flunked and so did
my partner? Don't you think I would have shared it with them?
Chicago is hardly the only city to discover the awkward fact that whites
get higher test scores than blacks or Hispanics. The search for "solutions"
to the "problem" of test bias, often ordered by busy-body federal judges,
is rich in tragi-comedy.
In 1989, New York City decided it could eliminate bias if it got black
and Hispanic police officers to help write the sergeant test. They had
exclusive power to throw out all questions they thought
were biased. Two percent of the blacks who then took the test passed, and
95 percent of the people promoted to sergeant were white. Blacks and Hispanics
howled and filed suit.
New York was briefly taken with the idea that pencil-and-paper tests
were all, somehow, biased against non-whites, and produced a video version
of the police test. This was enormously expensive, failed to narrow the
gap in pass rates, and produced more law suits.
One way to get rid of test bias is to make a test so easy that anyone
can pass it. New York City's Sanitation Department indulged in a huge waste
of time with a test on which 23,078 applicants out of 24,000 got perfect
scores. The department then hired all the non-whites it wanted, claiming
correctly that they had all gotten the highest possible score.
The prize for ingenuity, however, goes to the Houston Fire Department.
In 1991, it gave a 100-question test with a passing grade of 70. Whites
got better scores than non-whites. The department then went over the test
papers and threw out questions that non-whites were more likely than whites
to get wrong. The reasoning was that if there was a performance gap it
could only be because the questions were biased.
Twenty-eight questions were duly eliminated. The result was that 32
people who had originally passed were now declared to have failed: 24 whites,
four blacks, three Hispanics, and one Asian. Thirteen people who had originally
failed were now found to have passed: five blacks, four Hispanics, and
Eight non-whites were knocked off the pass list and nine added to it,
for a net gain of one. There was a net loss of 20 whites who, along with
the non-whites who were bumped from the passing list, were hopping mad.
It was plain hard luck for the non-whites who got the right answers to
questions that were supposed to be "biased" against them, and pure good
luck for the four whites who got wrong answers on questions that were supposed
to be "biased" in their favor.
Some day, sanity will drift back to these cities, too.
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Thinking the Unthinkable
Whites must choose between
separation and oblivion.
reviewed by Thomas Jackson
The Racial Compact
Towncourt Enterprises 1994, 135 pp.
$7.95 (soft cover)
Seldom are the long-term prospects for the white
race considered honestly and dispassionately. To do so requires keenness
of vision and a willingness to pursue ideas even to their most unpleasant
conclusions. In The Racial Compact, Richard McCulloch calmly describes
the choices we face: establish a new, moral form of racial consciousness
or become extinct.
To begin with, Mr. McCulloch reminds us that reproductive isolation
was the single necessary condition for the development of racial diversity.
It was only because they lived in separate, isolated groups that humans
diverged into races and subraces. If these groups had remained separated,
they would have evolved into different species, but this process was arrested
by migration and intermixture.
The last century or so has brought an unprecedented rise in intermixture,
thanks to advances in transportation. The end of geographic separation
has created multi-racial societies that are now
celebrated, at least in formerly-white countries, as good and inevitable.
As Mr. McCulloch points out, even though multi-racialism is touted as
an affirmation of diversity, it destroys racial diversity, and does so
in two ways. One is interbreeding. Most people choose mates of the same
race, but those who do not will have children who have lost the unique
features of their parents' races.
If it were widely practiced, interbreeding could obliterate racial distinctions
in just a few generations. The most vulnerable races are those whose traits
– like the fair hair and light eyes of whites – are genetically recessive.
Consistent interbreeding could eventually
produce a nearly uniform mass of humanity.
At the same time, even if there were no interbreeding, multi-racialism
would eventually abolish diversity through simple displacement. Mr.
McCulloch reminds us of Gause's Law of Exclusion, according to which different
groups of animals that have the same physical requirements cannot coexist
for any length of time in the same habitat. "All but one," explains Mr.
McCulloch, "eventually become extinct."
There is no doubt as to which race, under present multi-racial circumstances,
would become extinct. Whites (or "the Nordish," as Mr. McCulloch calls
them, to distinguish northern Europeans from Turks, Arabs, and others who
are often called "white") are already only a ten percent minority of the
world population and account for only five percent of the world's
births. Even in their traditional European homeland they are being displaced
by migrants from less successful societies. Mr. McCulloch draws the only
"If their commitment to multiracialism . . . remains unchanged,
and recent demographic trends in immigration, differential birthrates and
racial intermixture continue, one can project that by the year 2100 the
remnants of the native Nordish populations of northwest Europe will be
too small to constitute a viable continuation of their previous existence.
They will be effectively extinct."
In North America, where intermixture and displacement are further
advanced than in Europe, effective extinction could come even sooner.
What has put these gruesome trends in motion, and what can be done about
them? Clearly, the multi-racialism that portends extinction for whites
has been permitted and even encouraged by them. Mr. McCulloch quotes a
statement made by the Dutch Minister of Education and Science in 1989:
"I think that the Dutch will in the long run disappear. The
[immigrant] ethnic groups' population growth is much faster [%-2]than that
of the Dutch. . .[%0] . The white race will in the long term become extinct.
I don't regard this as positive or negative. Apparently we are happy with
This statement is unusual only because a government official has
logically (and cheerfully) described the long-term consequences of current
policies. Most proponents of multi-racialism would never admit that government
policies will lead whites to extinction; most would probably not admit
it to themselves.
For those who do see the future clearly, and who do not cheerfully accept
the prospect of extinction, Mr. McCulloch proposes only one solution: peaceful
separation. Reproductive isolation was what gave rise to different races,
and only reproductive isolation can preserve them. In order to restore
the conditions for their survival, whites must repatriate recent, non-white
immigrants from Europe and divide North America along racial lines.
Of course, to most Americans, this is a shocking proposal. It does not
matter that Mr. McCulloch's logic is airtight; racial separation is, to
them, unthinkable. Why, though, do the majority of whites submit to policies
that can only lead to their own disappearance? Why is the only guarantee
against extinction unthinkable?
Intellectual Straight Jacket
Some of Mr. McCulloch's most interesting observations are about the
intellectual straight jacket that prevents whites from acting in their
own interests. A large part of the problem is the widely accepted view
that racial consciousness, at least among whites, can only be an expression
of hatred and the desire for domination. Mr. McCulloch calls this kind
of racial consciousness – of which there has been plenty – "immoral racism."
In its place, he proposes "moral racism," which is not just an expression
of love for one's own race but a recognition of the rights of all races.
It is on the basis of moral racism that he proposes what he calls The Racial
Compact, that is, the mutual recognition of the rights of races and acceptance
of the peaceful separation this would require.
For moral racism to win broad support, it must not depend on ideas of
racial inferiority or superiority but on recognition of the importance
of preserving all races. Racists will always be loyal to their own races,
but this should never prevent them from securing the same racial rights
for others that they demand for themselves.
Mr. McCulloch points out that most people have never heard of moral
racism and this is a great obstacle to its acceptance. The idea that races
could separate, wish each other well, and pursue their unique destinies
is one that is never publicly articulated. However, if the white race is
to have a future – and in the very long term, if any race is to have a
future – some form of racial compact must be established. Steeped as they
are in the idea that expressions of racial pride are immoral, most people
have no concept of an ethic of racial preservation and mutual respect.
Mr. McCulloch draws a parallel between racial rights and individual
rights. Everyone knows that there are good and bad kinds of individualism.
The bad kind is non-reciprocal and exploitative, but that does not mean
all affirmations of the individual are exploitative. The same is true for
race. Expressions of racial consciousness can be spiteful and even murderous.
Most whites have been trapped into thinking that this must always be so,
and Mr. McCulloch argues that this is because it so often has been
so. No peoples have ever achieved peaceful racial separation under conditions
of mutual respect and fairness, so it is not surprising that scarcely anyone
thinks of it as a solution to racial problems.
Another reason many people are unwilling to exert themselves to avoid
extinction – even if they understand that this is where multi-racialism
leads – is that they do not care. Mr. McCulloch calls this "nihilism by
default." "[A] simple lack of interest, care and concern, often not consciously
intended" he writes, "is by far the most common form [of anti-racial thinking],
and also the most insidious."
Part of the problem is that today's popular culture emphasizes the individual
and the present while ignoring the future and the group. Many white Americans
are dimly aware that current policies are reducing their race to a minority
and that this is likely to be awful. That, however, will be a problem for
other generations. The present is tolerable, so why worry?
Mr. McCulloch also points out that economics leaves no room for race.
It is more efficient to treat all people as interchangeable parts in the
world economy. Since the preservation of races has no monetary value, cheap
foreign workers are a costless boost to the New-World-Order GNP.
Whites v. Spotted Owls
Here Mr. McCulloch draws an arresting parallel between racial preservation
and environmentalism. At one time people treated the environment as if
it were costless and expendable. Now, powerful movements have sprung up
to save the habitats of every possible obscure fish or bird, even if humans
must pay a high price to do so. Human races, particularly the white race,
are like the
environment. If we proceed heedlessly, if we are oblivious to their fates,
they will be destroyed. Only the most unbalanced mind can work fanatically
to save the spotted owl but be oblivious to the possible disappearance
For whites themselves, their own preservation is the most natural, normal,
and healthy goal they could have. Human races are not merely interesting
biological phenomena, though they certainly deserve as much protection
on those grounds as the snail darter; they are the bearers of magnificent
cultures and traditions that cannot survive without the people who created
them. Individual lives are short, but the race and culture are potentially
immortal. The death of a race is an infinitely, immeasurably greater loss
than the death of any individual.
Mr. McCulloch is surely right to argue that in a time when racism is
so widely condemned, the only racism that can win enough advocates to bring
about the establishment of The Racial Compact is a new racism, free of
the taint of hatred and exploitation. Whites have been so terrorized by
a one-sided, closed-minded depiction of racism that most are prepared to
let their people and culture disappear rather than be guilty of it.
In Mr. McCulloch's view, promoting a new and moral racism is the most
urgent task facing white civilization. This book is an important contribution
to that task.
The Racial Compact is available from Towncourt Enterprises, Box 9151,
Coral Springs, Fla. 33075. In addition to the cover price of $7.95, please
include $1.00 for postage.
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O Tempora, O Mores!
Possessed by Lunacy
Back in 1980, Alphonse Pecou of Brooklyn (race unspecified) hacked his
wife to death with a machete and then set her on fire in front of his four
children. Later, he walked into a police station in Crown Heights, clutching
a Bible, claiming to be Jesus Christ, and admitted
that he had killed his wife. He was tried, but found to be insane rather
than guilty. Since 1982, he has been a guest of the people of the state
of New York, in Kingsboro Psychiatric Center.
Last May, Mr. Pecou was put into the care of none other than the Most
Reverend Prophet Alpha Omega Bundu, leader of the United Church of Salvation,
for "culturally sensitive" spiritual counselling. The Most Reverend Prophet,
who hails originally from Sierra Leone in West Africa, determined that
Mr. Pecou was possessed by demons – seven, to be exact. He offered to drive
out the demons for a fee of $12,900, or $2,150 per demon with one tossed
out for free.
In June, a black woman named Patricia Lambert who runs the Kingsboro
center, authorized the treatment, and Prophet Bundu went to work with the
help of several parishioners. They sat around the heavily-medicated Mr.
Pecou, reciting psalms, while Mr. Pecou managed to respond with an occasional
"Amen." Prophet Bundu then immersed the patient in holy water and anointed
him with olive oil. He now claims that Mr. Pecou is much improved and "wants
to be like you and me."
When the Prophet submitted his bill for $12,900 someone in the state
Department of Mental Health found it a trifle irregular. Prophet Bundu
got $500 for the "spiritual counselling" but the state refuses to pay for
the exorcism, claiming it didn't work. Miss Lambert has been put on leave,
while the state investigates.
As for the now-famous Mr. Pecou, latest reports confirm that he is having
a mad affair with one of the kitchen workers at the mental hospital. A
spokesman for the hospital conceded that fornication is officially forbidden
and that "the facility strongly believes it [the affair] must be stopped."
[All stories by Al Guart in the New York Post: Will the exorcist
re-possess? (8/17/94), Exorcised maniac's madly in love with hosp worker
(8/18/94), 'Exorcist' Exec put on leave for probe (8/31/93)]
Chickens and Ducks
Most people want to live with people like themselves. A study done by
the University of California at Los Angeles found that, on average, white
Angelenos tell a poll-taker they want neighborhoods that are 76 percent
white and 24 percent black, or 79 percent white and 21 percent Hispanic.
Hispanics want a neighborhood that is 88 percent Hispanic and 12 percent
black or 62 percent Hispanic and 38 percent white – a clear preference
for white neighbors over black. Blacks show the same preference for whites.
On average, they want a 50-50 mix if the other race is white, but they
want a 62-38 majority if the other race is Hispanic. [AP, People prefer
neighbors of the same race, Orange County Register, 11/29/92, p.
White Man's Burden
Djibouti is an African "nation" about the size of Vermont, located on
the Red Sea coast. It was colonized by France in 1862 as a fueling stop
for ships bound for Saigon and Madagascar. When Djibouti was granted independence
in 1977, only three of its 320,000 citizens were college graduates, and
its only manufactured product was Coca-Cola.
Very little has changed since independence. Were it not for the presence
of about 6,000 French civilians and 4,000 soldiers, Djibouti would cease
to exist as a country. Its only exports are goats and sheep, which are
marched off on the hoof to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states. French aid
and business account for 60 percent of Djibouti's gross national
product. [David Lamb, In Djibouti, independence has brought little change,
Times, 6/29/94, p. A8.]
In some other parts of Africa, where the European presence is less pervasive,
societies have completely collapsed and people are kept alive on international
charity. The United Nations estimates that one in every 30 Africans is
a refugee, either in his own or in a neighboring country.
In places like Sudan, Angola, Zaire, Rwanda, Liberia, Sierra Leone,
and Somalia, there is essentially no government, and there is little distinction
between crime and warfare. Young men with guns but with no apparent leaders
or loyalty spread terror entirely as they please. This is why many of the
approximately 22 million Africans who have fled their homes are afraid
to go back even after "peace accords" end the official fighting. [John
Darnton, Crisis-torn Africa becomes Continent of refugees, NYT,
Another obstacle to normal life is the huge number of mines that warring
factions have scattered across each others' territories. Mine sweeping,
even with modern equipment is difficult and expensive. Often, farmers and
children discover old mines with their bare feet.
White Man's Burden II
In the 19th century, when Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands,
he was amazed to find dozens of species of reptiles, birds, and plants
found nowhere else in the world. Recently, the islands have become an exotic
destination for American and European nature lovers, and
the last 20 years have seen a nine-fold increase in tourists.
Tourist money is a big attraction to Ecuadorans, who have streamed over
from the mainland, swelling the permanent population from 6,200 in 1982
to more than double that number today. White visitors treat the local fauna
with something close to idolatry, but many Ecuadorans are jealous of the
attention nature gets. A German who lives on the islands says that the
prevalent attitude is, "They are giving more importance to the stupid blue-footed
booby than to you and me." Ecuadorans do not even seem to realize that
it is blue-footed boobies who bring the tourists, who bring the money.
Locals have taken to slaughtering and eating the famous and highly endangered
Galapagos tortoises. Thirty-nine carcasses had been found by May of this
year. In the past, people used to kill perhaps one or two a year. Ecuadorans
also showed little interest in helping control a recent fire that destroyed
thousands of acres of vanishing habitat for endangered species.
This spring, a tortoise was found with a mangled rear paw, but the local
authorities would not let naturalists use the local clinic for surgery.
They were afraid there would be a riot if word got out that the clinic
had been used to help a mere beast. The tortoise was airlifted to Miami,
where American doctors fixed it up. [Tim Johnson, Darwin's lab has evolved
into a tourist hot spot, Miami Herald, 5/15/94, p. 1A.]
We are just guessing, but chances are high that all the people involved
in the tortoise rescue were white – and refuse to recognize that in Miami
they are the endangered species.
Pit Bulls in the City
Although pit bulls are no longer the big news they were in the late
1980s, in some places they are more of a problem than ever. They are popular
in the black areas of Connecticut cities, where back-yard breeders have
produced wildly aggressive strains. Pit bulls are used as watch dogs and
in dog fights, but many escape from their owners and roam the streets.
In Bridgeport, citizens frequently
call the police to report wild pit bulls in their neighborhoods, and the
majority of dog bite cases handled by authorities involve pit bulls.
Blacks have also changed the rules of dog fighting. There used to be
strict procedures that at least ensured the survival of the looser, but
the typical ghetto fight is different. A courtyard or alley is blocked
off and the dogs fight to the death. "A lot of the dogs are so torn up
that they're practically unrecognizable as dogs," says a woman who operates
an animal shelter. Gamblers love dog fights and as much as $30,000 may
change hands in a single fight. [New horror Tale: Invasion of the discarded
pit bulls, NYT, 7/18/94.]
Welfare for Workers
The city is the employer of last resort for New Yorkers. Nearly a quarter
of the working white men work for it, and almost a third of the working
black men. Only one fifth of the working white women are city employees
but one half of all the black women who work in New York City work for
city government. [Stats of the City, Our Town, 4/29/94, p. 3.]
AIDS in Prison
From 1992 to 1993, the number of Illinois prison inmates with AIDS increased
seven-fold, from 25 to 177. That year, 23 inmates died of AIDS, putting
the disease ahead of cancer and heart attacks as the leading cause of inmate
In a study done in 1988 and 1989, a group of 2,392 new inmates in Joliet
Prison were tested for AIDS and 95 were found to have the virus. A year
later, the same prisoners were tested and seven more were HIV positive,
suggesting that they caught the disease in prison. [Jerry Thomas, AIDS
is top killer in state prisons, Chi Tribune, 5/2/94.]
In the United States as a whole, AIDS has surpassed homicide as the
leading killer of black men between the ages of 25 to 44. More blacks between
the ages of 15 and 24 are still murdered than die of AIDS, but by 1997
or so, AIDS is likely to be the number one killer for them, too. [Tenisha
White, AIDS takes deadly aim at state's young black men, Detroit News,
Aug. 9, 1994, p. A1.]
Not Donald Duck
Next spring, we can expect a new movie called "Jefferson in Paris."
It accepts as proven fact, an old and unsubstantiated rumor that Thomas
Jefferson had an affair with a black slave named Sally Hemings. The movie
is full of torrid love scenes and concludes with a parade of mulatto children.
This is a Walt Disney movie, made with help from Merchant Ivory Productions.
[Jefferson Slave flick irks scholars, 8/27/94, p. 6.]
It has now been 30 years since pollsters started asking Americans if
they trusted Washington to do what is right all or most of the time. Government
got the best review the first year, 1964, with 75 percent of respondents
saying "yes." That number declined steadily to about 25 percent in 1980
but rebounded to about 40 percent from 1982 to 1988 (during Ronald Reagan's
two terms in office). In 1994 the figure hit an all-time low of about 18
percent. [Do We Trust Government?, Readers Digest, May 1994, p.
141.] Actually, it's astonishing to think that only 30 years ago 75 percent
of Americans thought the federal government could be counted on to do what
was right all or most of the time.
Anything the government touches becomes an anti-discrimination nightmare.
Fair housing laws were supposed to prevent whites from keeping blacks out
of their neighborhoods, but have been hijacked by every conceivable interest
group. Realtors now police their ad copy for fear that an offending word
might launch a new law suit. So far, most speech
codes are voluntary and defensive, but formal censorship may not be far
"Master bedrooms" are now off limits since they might remind blacks
of slavery. "Spectacular views" might offend the blind. "Quiet neighborhoods"
might suggest a prejudice against children. Anything that is "executive"
hints of excessive whiteness. One fair-housing official browbeat a company
into withdrawing an ad for a Chester, Pennsylvania house described as a
"rare find." Chester is mostly black, and it was reprehensible to suggest
that a nice house in a black town might be unusual. [Dale Russakoff, Housing-Ad
suits leave agents at a loss for words, Chicago Sun-Times, 6/7/94,
Free Speech Update
The First Amendment appears to have been written to protect only pornographers
and flag-burners; certainly not ordinary white folks. Richard Kraft, a
vice president for the New York Yankees, is out of work for not having
buttoned his lip. The Yankees are having a hard time filling their stadium,
especially for night games, because it is in a largely black part of the
Bronx. In an interview, Mr. Kraft said he didn't know what was wrong with
the "colored" children in the area, who can often be seen hanging "like
monkeys" from basketball rims. Even after Mr. Kraft resigned, blacks in
the Bronx were carrying around signs saying "We're not monkeys –
We're people," thus, presumably, ending the confusion.
Another loose-lipped New Yorker was deputy mayor John Dyson, who was
trying to explain to a journalist why it was a waste of money to pay two
securities companies to do a job that one could do by itself. "[You] ought
to know the difference between a bid and a watermelon," he said, somewhat
obscurely. This raised a ruckus because the extra securities firm is owned
by a black woman, and had been recommended for "diversity."
Despite the usual intemperate outbursts, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani refused
to fire Mr. Dyson. "The first reaction to this was to demand an apology,"
he said. "There was an apology. Now the reaction is to demand resignation.
I imagine tomorrow they'll be talking about execution." For a white man,
the mayor is showing unusual spunk (see below).
In Waterford Township, Michigan, Peter Poprafsky has been ordered to
pay a $3,200 fine for having added the line, "No Blacks Need Apply" to
the for-sale sign he set out in front of his house. Mr. Poprafsky had recently
been robbed in his home by two black men, and the sign was on his own property,
but the Michigan Civil Rights Department wants him punished in the name
of "tolerance."[ Elizabeth Atkins, The Detroit News, Racial slur on 'for
sale' sign may cost man $3,200, apology, 6/8/94.]
Meanwhile, in San Leandro, California, a police detective has been reprimanded
and given an unspecified punishment merely for referring to two homosexuals
caught cavorting in a public restroom as "fags." Tom Di Maria, executive
director of the Gay/Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, voiced just the
kind of thoughtful commentary one expects in these cases: "For a police
detective to be using that kind of slur or to be promoting that kind of
hatred and violence is completely unacceptable." [Henry Lee, Detective
faces discipline for gay slur, SF Chronicle, 8/24/94, p. A16.]
Miracle at City Hall
It can be done! Mayor Rudolph Giuliani of New York City has eliminated
just about every affirmative action program he can. The city no longer
sets aside 20 percent of its contracting for minorities and women, and
has stopped advertising government jobs in black and Spanish-language newspapers.
The mayor has dismantled the Bureau of Citywide Equal Employment Opportunity,
and has abolished the offices of African American/Caribbean Affairs, Latino
Affairs, and Asian Affairs. He has also stopped using "diversity" as a
criterion for selection of city judges. Finally, minority participation
will not be a factor in choosing private companies to take over work that
had been done by the city. [Jonathan Hicks, Giuliani is halting of scaling
back affirmative-action efforts, NYT, 8/23/94, p. B1.]
Abandoned at Birth
Every year, about
22,000 mothers abandon their infants in hospitals after they give birth.
They show up in labor, give false names and family contacts, and leave
as soon as they can. Seventy-four percent of the abandoned infants are
black, 12 percent are white, and eight percent are Hispanic. It costs about
$600 a day to keep an infant in the hospital, and about a quarter stay
for at least three weeks. [John Ritter, 'Babies will keep coming,' USA
Today, 12/2/93, p. 1.]
Progress in Civil Rights
Rosa Parks is famous in the civil rights movement for her involvement
in the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955-56. She now lives in Detroit, where
she was mugged by a black man. Another black man gained public acclaim
by capturing the mugger. During a laudatory television interview, a watching
FBI agent recognized the man as a bank robbery suspect and had him arrested
as he left the studio. [Hero in Parks Case is Held, NYT, 9/2/94.]
Selma is Still Selma
1994 is the 30th anniversary of all sorts of important doings in the
civil rights movement, and liberal newspapers are making sure to remind
us of them. As part of its retrospective series on the movement the New
York Times of August 2 printed a long article on Selma, Alabama. The
paper is baffled to discover that even after 30 years of legal equality
and despite the fact that the "civil rights" leaders of the 1960s are now
the entrenched political class, not much has changed.
The black belt (named for its rich, dark soil rather than its inhabitants),
of which Selma is a part, is one of the poorest places in the United States.
Sixty-six percent of the population is black, and the black-white income
gap is still very large. In Wilcox County 60 percent of blacks but only
10 percent of whites are poor. In Lowndes County the figures are 50 percent
and 5.8 percent.
There has been one big change: Selma's public schools that used to be
all-white are now virtually all black. Whites, even working-class whites,
scrimp and save for private school. Moon calf whites who pack their children
off to public school soon become sadder and wiser. The Times quotes
"I remember my friends telling me, in great distress, that
their children were now more racist than their parents had ever been, not
out of ignorance but out of bitter experience . . . ." [Peter Applebome,
In Selma, Everything and Nothing Changed, NYT, 8/2/94, p. A1.]
It finally had to happen. The New Jersey Supreme Court has not only
ordered the state to equalize spending in all public schools by the 1997-98
school year; it has ordered equal outcomes as well. Equivalent performance
in all schools is now "squarely and completely" the responsibility of the
state, which it is to achieve through "special programs and services targeted
to the needs of disadvantaged students." [Jersey court's unmeetable mandate,
Post, 7/15/94, p. 20.]
The Wicked White Man
Late in July, 6,000 non-white journalists met for a conference in Atlanta.
They duly approved a report claiming that "The mainstream news media's
coverage of people of color is riddled with old stereotypes, offensive
terminology, biased reporting and a myopic interpretation of American society."
CBS correspondent Bernard Goldberg was attacked for a program in which
he chuckled and asked "What am I missing here?"
when an Asian complained that his people are portrayed as "model minorities."
This offensive stereotype apparently masks all sorts of vicious problems
faced by Asians.
The New York Daily New was criticized for its headline on a story
about Donald Trump's opposition to Indian casino gambling: "Donald Says
Ugh to Indian Gambling." An Indian said the headline was not merely racist
but also stereotypical and stupid.
A long profile in Vanity Fair about the chairman of Nike Inc.
sinned by saying that "his immersion in Japan and other places Asian has
more particularly influenced him in his ability to be inscrutable and manipulative."
[William Galberson, Press, NYT, 8/1/94.]
Indians complained that newspapers were racist to print names of professional
sports teams, like Braves and Indians. [William Galberson, As minority
journalists meet, an example of white power, NYT, 7/29/84, p. A12.]
These are not simply the most ridiculous accusations; they are every
complaint that was included in New York Times stories on the conference.
Blacks Outearn Whites
Hard as it may be to believe, there are 130 cities and counties in the
United States in which the median black household income is higher than
the white median. These are mostly places that are very poor, near military
bases, or where blacks are either an overwhelming majority or a tiny minority.
Only nine of these places are more or less racially diverse communities
of more than 50,000 people, and the New York borough of Queens is one of
them. There, the white median income is $34,075 and the black median is
$34,314. As it happens, it is blacks born outside the United States who
bring up the black average. Their median household income is $38,650 compared
to $32,000 for native-born blacks.
The explanation for the black/white difference has to do with type of
income and the number of people in each household who work. Whites are
considerably older than blacks, and 75 percent live on retirement income,
Social Security, or investments. Ninety percent of blacks are salaried.
Among households with a married couple, twice as many black households
as white have three or more wage earners. [Sam Roberts, In Middle class
Queens, Blacks pas whites in household income, NYT, 6/6/94, p. A1.]
Too Many Black Mailmen
Tirso del Junco, who is vice chairman of the Postal Service board of
governors, says the post office hires too many blacks and not enough Hispanics.
In Los Angeles, the post office is 63 percent black whereas the city's
work force is only 9.6 percent black. Hispanics are 34 percent of the city
work force but are only 15 percent
of the postal employees. In Chicago, 80 percent of the post office workers
are black, though they are only 18 percent of the city work force. Etc.
Mr. del Junco has been trying to get more Hispanics into the service
but says that black managers are prejudiced against anyone who is not black.
He even concedes that "the amount of discrimination against white men in
some cities is incredible." [Bill McAllister, Postal official: Too many
blacks hired, Wash Post, 8/3/94, p. A1.]
This summer there was a display of art in Brooklyn's Prospect Park called
"El Grito," which consisted of pictures of dead policemen killed in a "civil
war." One policeman is on his knees with a bullet through his chest; another
lies dead with his head blown off. Molotov cocktails hang on the wall,
and a loudspeaker blares such sentiments as "When we have driven the pigs
out, we will be free." The exhibit was paid for with taxpayer money by
the New York State Council on the Arts. [Cop-killing isn't art, New
York Post, 6/9/94.]
I'm a Racist
by Fred C. Kopp
If I have your permission
To distinguish day from night
And society demands of me
That I learn wrong from right
And yet I must not notice
If you're black or if you're white
Then I'm a RACIST.
If I mention while describing you
The color of your skin
In the same way I'd take notice of
Your wit, your charm, your grin
And if with that description
I commit some awful sin
Then I'm a RACIST.
If I'm allowed to trust my eyes
To find my own front gate
And I may trust my taste buds
To enjoy what's on my plate
Yet acknowledging your color
Means that I am full of hate
Then I'm a RACIST.
And if I am expected
To believe that it's just fine
For you to huddle with your peers
Though I dare not with mine
While society condones this act
And finds it quite benign
Then I'm a RACIST.
So if you have to hyphenate
Your group to make a stand
You want to live within my world
But keep your world at hand
Though you enjoy excluding me
I can't do that to you
Then take a long look in the mirror
'Cause you're a RACIST, too.
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E T T E R S F R O M R E A D E
Sir – I just received the issue with the Samuel Francis cover story.
Once again, I raise the question, "Therefore what?" Our situation stinks.
You've made that point. If we do nothing, it gets worse. You've made that
point, too. So?
What would AR have us do, for Heaven's sake? The time for kvetching
is past. Where do we go from here? I don't mean to be overly critical,
but surely AR is not just a genteel crybaby, forever moaning about the
demise with no clue about how to stop it.
Mayer Schiller, Monsey, N. Y.
Sir – The article in the September AR, "What Race Were the Pharaohs?"
is misleading with respect to the Israelites in that it makes assumptions
that are theological rather than historical.
Aside from the Bible there is no evidence that the Israelites ever entered
Egypt or that they left in a mass exodus and conquered Canaan. Whether
King David had fair skin or whether his son, King Solomon, had a huge harem
(which, if we are to believe I Kings 11:1, may have included the daughter
of the king of Egypt), or whether either of these two men existed outside
the imaginations of the writers of the Bible is a matter of conjecture,
As the Italian scholar, John Sarbim has written, "Down to the present
day, for reasons that can easily. be imagined, the Jewish tradition has
exercised such a theological or even psychological pressure that it has
conditioned even historical research, which only very recently . . . has
begun to release itself from the fetters in which it has been bound."
Ed Novak, Massapequa Park, N.Y.
Sir – In the September issue Thomas Shorter suggests in a letter that
"no one really knows the cause of white suicide." Surely, it is the media
that control what we think. Those who control the media orchestrate a consistently
anti-white message that is destroying us.
The point of no return is fast approaching. It remains to be seen if
our people value life and liberty over television ball games and situation
Harry Dace, Houston, Tex,
Sir – In a September "O Tempora" item, you mentioned the troubles that
Ben Chavis was having as executive director of the NAACP. As your readers
must know, Mr. Chavis has been fired, ostensibly for using NAACP funds
to pay for a secret and expensive settlement in a sexual harassment case.
It has not been widely reported, but three days before the board of directors
took action against Mr. Chavis, it agreed to use NAACP money to settle
a similar case against another board member.
Harriet Diles was, for three years, advertising director for the NAACP
magazine, Crisis. She brought a sexual harassment suit against Gentry Trotter,
who is the publisher of the magazine and a board member. She claimed that
the NAACP as an organization was guilty of a longstanding "policy and pattern
of [mis]conduct," and sought $2 million in back pay and damages. The amount
of the settlement has not, to my knowledge, been made public.
Sarah Chandler, Baltimore, Md.
Sir – It made me angry to read your "O Tempora" account of Jorge Mas
Canosa's remarks, in which he coolly points out that Cubans have kicked
white people out of South Florida and therefore have no reason to fear
that the United States might exercise undue influence over a post-Castro
Cuba. I had never heard of Mr. Mas before, but soon after learning about
him in AR I read in the newspaper that he is busy telling President Clinton
how to manage America's Cuban policy!
How much lower are we expected to bow to our conquerors? Our President
appears to be taking orders from a man who boasts about displacing white
people. As, I believe, AR has pointed out in the context of similarly frank
statements by our dispossessors, we cannot claim that we were never warned.
Allan Hulder, Shreveport, La.
Sir – Thank you for sending me a sample copy of American Renaissance.
I am having trouble taking possession of it, though, because the mail room
has confiscated it. It has given the following reason:
"The June 1994 issue of American Renaissance [the cover story
is about race and crime rates] is a danger to the safety of an individual(s)
or security of the institution."
I am seeking a remedy through the offender grievance program.
Ronald McKinney, Westville, Ind.
Sir – I have finally received the tapes of the Atlanta conference. I
have listened to all of them and am greatly encouraged. I now know that
our very best people are discussing our problems openly and are offering
leadership. This is the best news I have heard in a long time.
Long live American Renaissance.
Larry NeSmith, Thomasville, Ga.
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