- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 10, 2002

White guilt

"There should be many more imbroglios like the one currently playing out at Harvard University, enough for America to finally understand that white guilt is the same thing as black power.

"Harvard's new president, Lawrence Summers, is reported to have rebuked arguably the most famous professor in the university's Afro-American Studies Department Cornel West.

"And then came two men who practice a virtual statecraft of guilt manipulation that leaves whites no option beyond honorable capitulation Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

"In rebuking a well-known black professor, Mr. Summers had rejected white guilt as a guide to administrative affairs. Good move. But it overlooked the ugly fact that institutions today lose their legitimacy unless white guilt defines their approach to racial matters. It also overlooked the fact that white guilt is black power and that the reprimand of a single black professor would call out the biggest guns in the black establishment."

Shelby Steele, writing on "White Guilt Equals Black Power," in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal


Assembly required

"How did life originate?

"Before evolutionists tell us how undirected species produce wildly different species birds from dinosaurs, rats from reptiles, us from apes, for example they must deal with the origins of life.

"Some Darwinists guess that life arose from either hydrothermal sea vents, volcanoes, lightning strikes or was borne to Earth by space trash. Darwin wrote to his friend, J.J. Hooker, that maybe life began in a 'warm little pond.' But those answers merely stall the discussion; for locations no more answer the question of origins than knowing where Einstein worked describes the genesis of his genius. A review of the literature reveals the books of evolutionists to be strangely silent about arguably the single most important biological event in the history of this planet.

"Modern-day origins theories spring from the 1924 writings of Russian plant biochemist A.I. Oparin who claimed chemicals on early Earth assembled themselves into amino acids, which became the building blocks of proteins, which are the building blocks of a cell.

"Today Oparin's 77-year-old 'brick and mortar' ideas have become woven into a scavenger hunt for parts. But what those hunters miss is that Tinker Toys and Erector Sets like generators and gearboxes, and even more like amino acids and proteins do not assemble themselves."

Duane A. Schmidt, writing on "In the Beginning was what?" Tuesday in World Net Daily, at www.worldnetdaily.com


The foggiest idea

"Back in October, when U.S. Army Rangers first started to fight on the ground in Afghanistan, Washington Post reporter Greg Schneider drew the job of explaining the role of those elite infantrymen to the paper's readers. 'Rangers are more heavily armed than most light infantry units,' he wrote on Oct. 20. 'Their automatic weapons units carry M240G machine guns. Some Rangers also carry grenade launchers.' Rangers also 'train with live fire actual bullets and under all conditions including night and bad weather.' Finally, the Rangers 'travel light, usually in rifle companies of about 200 men each.'

"There's a very particular tone-deafness at work here. U.S. infantry units of every type tend to be grouped in rifle companies of 200, for example. The very thing that distinguished the Rangers, if you're inclined to be picky, is not that they are more heavily armed than other infantrymen, but rather that they are often less heavily armed; they are a raiding force, organized not for firepower but for speed and agility.

"Schneider's piece is symptomatic of news media that often don't have the foggiest idea how the military works, and don't really appear to care."

Chris Bray, writing on "The Media and G.I. Joe," in the February issue of Reason

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