- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 20, 2001

Racist choice

"If a racist really despised blacks, wanted to reduce their number, what might he do?

"I'm not suggesting that the abortion industry is driven by racism, although the founders of the industry, such as Margaret Sanger of Planned Parenthood, made no secret of their desire to eliminate the black, poor, and unfit. Black women are 13.5 percent of the female population, but have 34 percent of all abortions, their abortion rate being 2.6 times the rate for white women.

"One would think black leaders would be concerned. Yet almost every African-American representative in Congress is pro-abortion. Nor have black spokesmen such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton been heard to say a word about public-policy studies unabashedly tying the abortion of black children to the reduction in crime rates.

"Has there ever been a people whose putative leaders actively promoted a policy that had the certain effect, if not the intention, of massively reducing their numbers and influence? No parallels come readily to mind."

Richard John Neuhaus, writing on "While We're At It," in the October issue of First Things

Stunning hypocrisy

"The U.N. Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Durban, South Africa, recently adjourned. If you heard or read any of the press coverage of this event, you know that the organizers and participants regretted that the conference became politicized. All of this distracted from the real work of the conference, helping those who suffer from racism. Or so we were told. In fact, the exact opposite is true.

"Like all U.N. conferences of this sort, the real work of the racism conference was political agitation. It was never intended to be a serious discussion of racism or anything else. Its sole purpose was to push various political agendas, most of which had nothing to do with racism.

"The hypocrisy is stunning. Most of the countries participating in the conference allow little or no freedom to those unfortunate enough to live within their borders, but they do not hesitate to lecture others about human rights.

"This hypocrisy, so characteristic of the U.N., is the reason why the racism conference and others like it should never be taken seriously."

David Tucker, writing on "Politics as Usual at the U.N.," a September editorial from the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at www.ashbrook.org

'Vaguely horrifying'

"Maybe a certain amount of ambivalence is the reason women in power sometimes seem to enjoy their power a little less than men do. It is hard to feel really jazzed about it when you feel torn and not necessarily guilty, but truly and painfully and permanently undecided about where you belong.

"Maybe women with power seem a little grimmer about it than men, though, because it doesn't get them the goodies that it does for men. A woman with power in business or politics does not by dint of that particular form of power become a collector of young males.

"Indeed, there is something unthinkable, vaguely horrifying about the scenario of a sexually predatory female politician; whereas the sexually predatory male politician is merely embarrassing, maybe scandalous. Partly this is because a woman who obtains power usually obtains it at an age when she is no longer widely considered sexually attractive.

"Last year's movie 'The Contender' was unusual in its portrayal of a female politician facing allegations about her randy past. But in the end, even it backed away from the idea of a mature woman with both political power and erotic license; the sexual innuendo about Joan Allen's character turned out to be a lie that she was too proud to refute."

Margaret Talbot, writing on "In the Balance," in Sunday's New York Times Magazine

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