- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 23, 2004

‘Perpetual novelty’

“As children take it in, it’s sort of funny sometimes. For example, my son went to a birthday party once. This little kid invited lots of other kids from around his neighborhood, beyond the classmates who knew my son. So when we came in the door, I heard the kid saying about my son, ‘This is my friend; he’s black!’ He was just so excited. …

“This little kid, of course, was not a racist, but it was clear that being the only black person means you are a perpetual novelty. And children don’t censor their sense of that novelty. They tend to connect you to the only other black people they know.

“For a long time that was Michael Jordan, but now that Michael Jordan has faded as a role model (unfortunately), he has been replaced by any variety of singers and rap stars.”

Patricia J. Williams interviewed by Corrie Pikul, Dec. 15 in Salon at www.salon.com

‘Radically twisted’

“The American Civil Liberties Union has done it again.

“The group continues to transform America in radically twisted new ways. …

“The latest outrage, unnoticed by most Americans, came last week in a successful case before the Washington state Supreme Court, when the ACLU persuaded the justices that it is unconstitutional for parents to eavesdrop on their children. …

“What are parents supposed to do?

“It should be an absolute duty of parents to use whatever means are necessary to keep tabs on their kids, to ensure they are being responsible, for making certain they are on a good moral path. Instead, the state is telling parents their kids are not really their kids at all. …

“Of course, this is a recipe for national and cultural disaster.

“But, whether this case proves to be meaningful in other states or not, it shows the true agenda of the ACLU.”

Joseph Farah, writing on “Your kids are not your kids,” in the Dec. 15 issue of WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

Trump family values

“The Trumps certainly would not have won any parenting awards when Don Jr. was a child. With Donald busy building his empire and Ivana helicoptering to Atlantic City six or seven days a week to run Trump Castle, there wasn’t a lot of time for helping with homework or taking weekend trips to the park. Ivana hired two Irish nannies … to care for the children. …

“In the winter of 1990, life as Donny knew it began to unravel. Donald was courting a pretty young girl from Georgia named Marla Maples, right under Ivana’s nose. The whole thing blew up in their faces on the slopes of Aspen. …

“The story stayed on the front pages of the tabloids for three months, which, as Donald likes to point out, must be some kind of a record. …

“…’Listen, it’s tough to be a 12-year-old,’ [Don Jr.] says. … ‘Being driven to school every day and you see the front page and it’s “Divorce!” “The Best Sex I Ever Had!” And you don’t know what that means. At that age, kids are naturally cruel. Your private life becomes public, and I didn’t have anything to do with it. My parents did.’ ”

Jonathan Van Meter, writing on “Did Their Father Really Know Best?” in the Dec. 13 issue of New York

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