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no-speech culture (posted 03/13/01)
SUBHEAD: Even in paid ads, students quash views
they don't like
"Anyone who still believes that free speech counts for something on our campuses
should take a look at the University of California-Berkeley.
"The Daily Californian, the student paper, ran an ad, "Ten Reasons Why
Reparations for Slavery Is a Bad Ideaand Racist Too," placed by the
conservative author David Horowitz. But the campus culture is committed to the notion that
reparations are a good idea. Reparations Awareness Day had just been held. So Horowitz had
to be wrong. And people who are wrong hurt the feelings of people who are right, so they
should not be heard. Deeply offended by the airing of a political position they did not
agree with, angry leftists stormed the offices of the student paper, thrashed about for a
while, screaming and weeping and trying to intimidate staff. Then they fanned out around
the campus to steal the remaining copies of the offending edition from their racks.
"Most of the campus uproar was conducted in the language of feelings, as if the
emotional response of some students adds up to a powerful case for suppressing an argument
against reparations. "It hurt so much," said one protestor.
"Indescribably hurtful," said another. "Disrespectful to the minority
population," said a third. "It was completely opposed to what I've been
"Many [pro-quota minorities and sympathizers] said they no longer felt welcome on
That notion that free speech is a tool of the oppressor is now mainstream in
the campus culture. This is why campus newspapers with the wrong news keep getting stolen,
posters for the wrong events keep getting torn down, and speakers with the wrong views
keep getting disinvited or silenced. Recent nonspeakers at Berkeley, home of the
free-speech movement, include conservative organizer Daniel Flynn (shouted down) and
former Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (threats of violence, advised to withdraw
by police). Berkeley gets another chance to oppose free speech this week. David Horowitz
is scheduled to speak there on March 15."
(Excerpted from the story by John Leo in US News)
[Last known link: http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/010319/19john.htm
School disasters (posted 03/13/01)
"TEST scores are not the only things that tell us how bad our public schools have
"In San Francisco, the school board voted unanimously to have the city's students
take Friday, March 9th, off to go to Berkeley, in order to stage a protest demonstration,
demanding the reinstatement of affirmative action in the university's admissions policies.
Only after the Berkeley police contacted San Francisco education officials was the rally
called off. The police were concerned about such logistical things as where all the buses
carrying students from San Francisco were going to be parked and where all these students
were going to eat. A school board member then admitted, "there would be no easy way
to get that many kids over and back." The more basic question is why these children's
education was being sacrificed to some teachers' and administrators' political project.
Nor is this the first time that school children have been used as political cannon fodder
or as guinea pigs for social experiments. Nor is California the only place where this
happens. Nothing is easier than to call any project or activity engaged in by a school
"educational." So long as parents and voters buy it, the schools will keep
(Excerpted from the Thomas Sewell column in
Jewish World Review)
[Last known link: http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/sowell.html
UC Bars Professor For Faking
Credits To Help Athletes (03/10/01)
[Berkeley] -- "A longtime ethnic studies professor at the University of California at
Berkeley will be barred from teaching next fall as punishment for giving two football
players credit for course work they did not do.
"[Professor Alex] Saragoza wrote in a Nov. 17 letter ... that he has made
accommodations in the past for students from disadvantaged backgrounds to help
keep them in school. For the past year, he has headed the UC system's educational
outreach program, intended to prepare underrepresented minorities for admission
to UC. [Emphasis added.]
"Alex Saragoza, who has been a faculty member at the campus since 1979 and also
serves as systemwide vice president for educational outreach, will be suspended from his
faculty position for one semester, sources close to an investigation into the affair said
yesterday. He will continue teaching his Chicano studies class this term.
"In addition, UC Berkeley's athletic program would be put on probation for a year and
the football team would lose four scholarships under a recommendation by the Pacific-10
athletic conference. The penalty, if approved by the NCAA, would be relatively light.
Other colleges have been barred from participating in postseason play or appearing on
television because of academic violations."
[Last known link: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2001/03/10/MN173831.DTL
Ad sparks debate at college
MINNEAPOLIS -- "Daniel Hernandez, editor in chief of the University of California -
Berkeley's student newspaper, spent the past week and a half making headlines instead of
writing them. On March 1 his newspaper, The Daily Californian, ran an advertisement
titled, "Ten Reasons Why Reparations for Slavery is a Bad Idea -- and Racist
"Since then, students, newspapers, radio stations and members of his own staff have
bombarded him with complaints, insults and threats. The students and staff stormed his
office the morning the advertisement ran, calling him and his publication racist.
"The advertisement, written by David Horowitz, states "there is no single group
responsible for the crime of slavery" and "reparations to African-Americans have
already been paid ... in the form of welfare benefits and racial preferences."
Horowitz, who is white, joined the Black Panthers during the 1960s but now describes
himself as a neo-conservative.
"Instead of alleviating the complaints he had been receiving, Hernandez's apology
only incited a rash of insults and criticism from a variety of sources, ranging from other
college papers such as the Badger Herald to major media outlets such as Fox News and The
Washington Post. "I've had a week-long migraine," 20-year-old Hernandez
said. "People are calling me a pussy, a racist communist, a spineless idiot --
everything you can imagine. And the executive editor at Fox News told me never to
enter journalism. And getting heat from the Badger Herald is something I can do
without." Despite all the criticism, Hernandez said he stands by his newspaper
and his decisions."
[Last known link: http://www.uwiretoday.com/topnews030901002.html
Affirmative Action Rally
Turns Ugly (03/08/01)
"A lunchtime rally demanding the return of affirmative action [racial quotas and
preferences] got out of hand this afternoon. A thousand people were protesting at U.C.
Berkeley when a sizable splinter group broke off, starting fights and vandalizing stores.
An unruly crowd of about 150 high school students got out of control and raced down
Telegraph Avenue before the noontime rally was to begin.
"Terrified shopkeepers kept their gates closed. "I was thinking I was glad we
didn't open," says Tamara Riley of Sam and Libby shoe store. "I was thinking
these kids were going to kill each other or themselves." Before and after the rally,
fist-fights broke out as students hit bystanders and then ran.
"Blood still remains on Robin Lee's sweatshirt and on the front of his store after he
got hit in the mouth, nose, and head. "Some guy punches me for no reason," he
says. "Thirty kids instigating more violence. There were just as many people
apologizing for it. And they got be back in the store." A group of hoodlums also
descended upon the Athlete's Foot store and started throwing shoes to the crowd outside.
Berkeley Police Captain Bobby Miller says, "The specific intent was to loot. Officers
came up quickly, but as a result, there were no windows broken.""
[Last known link: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/kpix/20010308/lo/178_1.html
Throngs Show Support For
Quotas and Preferences (posted 03/13/01)
SUBHEAD: Organized demonstration turns unruly,
forcing some businesses to close early
"Thousands of protesters against the ban on affirmative action [ban on racially
discriminatory quotas and preferences] marched down Bancroft Way yesterday, shouting
chants and stopping traffic.
"BAMN, the student group that supports reinstating affirmative action, organized the
protest which involved approximately 800 public school students and teachers from around
the Bay Area. After the morning "teach-in" in Pauley Ballroom, students spilled
onto Telegraph Avenue, and some looted the Athlete's Foot and started fights. Police
dressed in riot gear blocked off Telegraph Avenue at the corner of Bancroft Way, and
businesses closed their doors for nearly three hours. Several businesses did not reopen at
all yesterday. Robin Lee, an employee at Mr. Rags, suffered minor injuries to the mouth
and head after a student punched him in the back of the head. Lee said the attack occurred
when he went outside to close the shop doors in response to a tip from another student who
came in to the store. Lee said he locked the doors and watched the looting of Athlete's
Foot from inside.
Michael McFarlane, a freshman, protested with the Coalition of Student
Organizations Opposing Affirmative Action, bearing a sign that said "Disadvantage
Transcends Racial Lines." "No one denies that people are disadvantaged, but it
is far too simplistic to target these disadvantages based on race," McFarlane said.
"We need to look at why these racial groups are disadvantaged, and target the sources
of those factorsmany which transcend race. Fixing dilapidated schools would help
minorities in a race-blind way.""
[Last known link: http://www.dailycal.org/article.asp?id=4876
Rowdy Rally in Berkeley
"Jeanah Braden ... a senior at the University of California at Berkeley, shouted
during a rally yesterday to demand that the UC regents reverse their 1995 ban on [racial
quotas and racial preferences] in admissions. Luke Massey ... addressed the crowd of about
2,000 college and high school students that converged on the Berkeley campus. The rally at
Sproul Plaza was marred by some looting and violence as [anti-white, pro-quota]
demonstrators marched through downtown Berkeley. See UC Protest Rips Policy On
[Last known link: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2001/03/09/MN181075.DTL
Melee Erupts At Affirmative Action
[Pro-Quota] Rally (03/08/01)
"A rally for affirmative action [for racial quotas] at the University of California
turned ugly in Berkeley this morning, when a fight broke out among protesters and about
100 high school students looted a Telegraph Avenue shoe store, authorities said. A young
man, identified only as a UC Berkeley student, was severely injured and was taken to Alta
Bates hospital for treatment. His condition was unknown by early afternoon. About 2,000
young people, many of them high school students, converged on Berkeley for a noontime
rally in support of a return to affirmative action programs.
"After some of the speeches began at the gate to the UC Berkeley campus, a group of
students ran into and started looting an Athlete's Foot shoe store on Telegraph. The melee
was quickly broken up by Berkeley police, and no arrests made. But a one-block section of
Telegraph was closed in the process.
In addition to demanding that the university
resume affirmative action programs, those at the rally wanted an extension of minority
outreach programs and more women faculty members. "This rally to reverse the ban on
affirmative action in the UC system now is being held on International Women's Day,"
said Hoku Jeffrey, with the student government's Defend Affirmative Action Party.
"The rally will be a declaration of the new civil rights movement," Jeffrey
said. "We intend to fight for equality and integration throughout society, including
for women of all races."
[Last known link: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2001/03/08/MN224000.DTL
UC Protest Rips Policy On
[Berkeley] -- "About 2,000 high school and college students converged on the
University of California at Berkeley campus yesterday, calling on UC regents to repeal
their ban on affirmative action in admissions. The rally at Sproul Plaza -- the scene of
innumerable protests ever since the tumultuous 1960s -- was marred by some looting and
violence as demonstrators marched through downtown Berkeley to demand that the regents
take action at their meeting in Los Angeles next week, before the May 1 deadline for
entering freshmen to declare their intent to enroll for this fall. The demonstration came
amid a renewed campaign to pressure the regents to reverse their 1995 vote to end racial
and ethnic preferences in admissions. Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante and other state officials
held a news conference Tuesday in support of a resolution introduced by Assemblyman Marco
Firebaugh, D-Los Angeles, calling for an end to the ban. Even if the regents were to
reverse their policy, racial and ethnic preferences could not be restored. California
voters abolished affirmative action in public institutions when they passed Proposition
209 in 1996.
One young man, an employee of a clothing store whose name was not
disclosed, was beaten on Telegraph Avenue shortly before the noon rally. During the
afternoon march, another young man was shoved down and his head kicked, knocking his face
into a car wheel and bloodying his nose. A Chronicle reporter also was knocked to the
ground. The assailants were high school-age boys. Police said there were other assaults,
although details were not known. A Chronicle photographer saw about 100 young persons run
into the Athlete's Foot shoe store on Telegraph Avenue and about a dozen of the youths run
out with boxes of shoes."
[Last known link: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2001/03/09/MNE217135.DTL
High School Students Disrupt
Peaceful Protest (posted 03/13/01)
"As hundreds of activists took to the streets protesting the ban on affirmative
action [ban on racial quotas and preferences], scores of Bay Area high school students
tainted the demonstration with acts of violence yesterday. Police estimated 800 high
school students from Berkeley, Oakland, Richmond, and San Francisco participated in the
event. Several schools bused students to Berkeley as part of an educational field trip
with permission slips in hand, while other students opted to cut classes for the day.
Several local school boards formally endorsed the event, although they did not necessarily
condone sending students over to march in the protest. "The ban on affirmative action
at UC has had a negative impact on the educational opportunities for all students,"
stated a resolution approved by the Berkeley Board of Education March 7.
"Approximately 250 students from Berkeley High School were authorized to attend the
event to "experience political activity in action," said Principal Frank
Lynch. He said another 300 students skipped school to participate in the event.
School officials had assured police that students attending the protest would be
peaceful, Lopes said. While students should be allowed to stage demonstrations, the high
school students who acted violently "took it too far," said Berkeley Mayor
San Francisco schools had planned an organized field trip, but
canceled it after receiving warnings from UC police earlier in the month that the protest
could pose safety hazards. Mark Sanchez, a member of the San Francisco Board of Education,
said he was frustrated by the warning and accused police of manipulating the
situation." He said the school board, which passed a resolution similar to
Berkeley's, could not have sent the students after receiving the warning. "It is our
kids who are not getting into the UC system," Sanchez said. "It is necessary for
them to be involved." The protest was an "educational event," maintained
Jill Wynns, president of the school board, expressing regret that the field trip was
[Last known link: http://www.dailycal.org/article.asp?id=4877
Affects Publications Nationwide (posted
SUBHEAD: UC Regent Takes Stand Against Daily
"Student newspapers across the country have found themselves pushed into the national
spotlight after publishing an advertisement criticizing reparations for slavery. UC Regent
Ward Connerly slammed the Daily Californian for its "retreat from the fundamental
principle of free speech."
"On the other hand, a University of Wisconsin student newspaper refused to apologize
for publishing the inflammatory ad, prompting student protests outside its office. In a
letter to Daily Cal Editor in Chief Daniel Hernandez, Connerly said he cannot "in
good conscience" speak to reporters from the paper any longer, due to an apology
issued last week for the ad. "There is nothing in the ad that offends the First
Amendment so much that the Daily Cal has to cave into a bunch of racial
extortionists," he said in a letter. "By the way, I happen to agree with (David)
Horowitz's position on reparations, which is shared by millions of Americans.""
[Last known link: http://www.dailycal.org/article.asp?id=4880&ref=news
Recruitment on Hold,
California Reacts (posted 03/13/01)
(LETTERS TO THE DAILY CAL, UC BERKELEY) "Let me see if I have this straight: people
who think the university needs more diversity are going to actively discourage the very
potential students needed to bring more diversity about from enrolling ("Groups to
Discourage Enrollment in UC," March 2). Apparently, UC Berkeley either doesn't teach
logic or doesn't teach it very well. By their actions, they show that what they care about
isn't "diversity," but a governmental policy that purports to substitute one
kind of racism with another, giving one race of potential student preference over another
race. Adam Bernay Fresno, Calif. I hope the recruitment and retention groups do not think
that by not recommending UC Berkeley to potential minority students the UC Board of
Regents will change their minds about SP-1 and SP-2. Instead of engaging in self
detrimental and hypocritical practices, the groups first priority should be to actively
promote UC Berkeley to counter the effects of SP-1 and SP-2. In the very least the groups
should not negatively affect a student's decision, but rather stay neutral. They should
remember that the overall goal is to maintain a diverse campus whether it is through
outreach efforts or affirmative action. If the members of the groups so strongly believe
that they should not recommend UC Berkeley to other students then they should ask
themselves, "Why am I here?" Siddharth Doshi UC Berkeley student "
[Last known link: http://www.dailycal.org/article.asp?id=4861
A Challenge to The Chancellor
of UC Berkeley (03/09/01)
David Horowitz writes to the Chancellor of U.C.
Berkeley as follows:
"Dear Mr. Berdahl: TWO WEEKS AGO, I submitted an advertisement to the Daily
Californian arguing that reparations for slavery was a bad idea. Reaction to the ad from
some segments of the Berkeley community was swift and hostile, as the papers
editor-in-chief, Daniel Hernandez, will surely agree. Since Mr. Hernandez issued his
regrettable apology for printing the ad, however, other voices from the community have
spoken up, demonstrating the desire for a genuine dialogue on this subject. To that end, I
have been invited to speak at Berkeley on March 15. In all candor, I have some personal
concerns about this event. Dan Flynn of Accuracy in Academia was an invited speaker at
your campus last semester. He came to talk about his monograph, Cop Killer: How Mumia
Abu-Jamal Conned Millions Into Believing He Was Framed.
"During the course of his presentation, Flynn was shouted down, threatened, verbally
assaulted, and had his books burned by students while campus police watched. I have
enclosed his account of this dismaying incident which was published by my online journal
[Last known link: http://frontpagemag.com/horowitzsnotepad/2001/hn03-09-01.htm
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