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Poisonous “Authenticity”

Heather Mac Donald 30 April 2008 4 Comments

The list of Afrocentric “educators” whom Reverend Jeremiah Wright has invoked in his media escapades since this Sunday is a disturbing reminder that academia’s follies can enter the public world in harmful ways. Now the pressing question is whether they have entered presidential candidate Barack Obama’s worldview as well.

Some in Wright’s crew of charlatans have already had their moments in the spotlight; others are less well known. They form part of the tragic academic project of justifying self-defeating underclass behavior as “authentically black.”


  • Ishmael said:

    Obviously, Wright and his ilk would not wish to read “Not Out of Africa: How Afrocentrism Became an Excuse to Teach Myth as History” by Professor Mary Lefkowitz. The author is a professor of classics at Wellesley College and her book utterly destroys the fiction that the civilizations of Egypt and Greece were established by blacks.

    A central belief of the radical Afrocentrists is that they created world civilization, but were dispossessed by Europeans who stole their knowledge and enslaved them. Resentment is a natural by product of such a fallacious thought process and it is alive and well and cultivated on too many college and university campuses with taxpayer dollar subsidizing its purveyors on the tenured faculty.

  • Pat Hickey said:

    If you can not dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bamboozle!

    Billy Ayers takes on Obesity in his self-serving hall of mirrors blog.

    I recently read, for example, that in Arkansas—where Governor Huckabee is the poster boy of dramatic weight loss and a leader in the national campaign against obesity—school report cards must now include each child’s B.M.I., his or her body mass index. Obesity is indeed a massive public health problem and its dimensions have been growing for decades: obesity is the number one killer-disease in the US, and today’s children will be the first generation in history to fail to outlive their parent generation, chiefly because of fat. But rather than dully accept that the B.M.I. notation will make students and parents more aware of the scale of the thing, we might hold the initiative up to scrutiny and interrogation.

    In the interest of historicizing everything, we might ask:

    Oh Me!

    Like Davidson and Hayden, Dohrn, along with other members of the Weather Underground, traveled to Cuba to meet with representatives of the communist North Vietnamese and Cuban governments as the Vietnam war raged. Ayers participated in more than 30 bombings during his 11-year reign of underground terror. He says his only regret is not doing more to “bring the war home” to America. In an article he penned for the New York Times op-ed page ironically published Sept. 11, 2001, he wrote: “I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough.”

    Que Duffus!


  • Dan Kelley said:

    I’d be more impressed with Governor Mike Huckabee (R-Ak) if his own, much touted, dramatic weight loss was not the result of surgery. :-)

  • Donna Wetherell said:

    Great article, Heather. Miss you.

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