Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

The Race to Riot on College Campuses

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

The Race to Riot on College Campuses

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College campuses are again in turmoil. According to The New York Times, "Racist, sexist and anti-Semitic incidents on and near college campuses from Dartmouth to Wisconsin to Stanford this fall have provoked worries by education and civil rights leaders that such acts are on the increase."

That wasn't a story in yesterday's newspaper. That was a story in the Times edition of Oct. 31, 1988. Most campuses where these incidents occurred were noted for their liberalism. They included such bastions of feminism as Smith and Wellesley colleges, Amherst and Mount Holyoke, as well as Yale and Dartmouth and even what many regard as ground zero of liberal academia, The University of Wisconsin at Madison.

In light of recent protests at the University of Missouri and other campuses, it is amusing to read what some believed to be the cause of similar unrest in 1988. Harvard Law School professor Derrick Bell blamed the Reagan administration. Bell claimed Reagan had disengaged the federal government from civil rights causes and that Vice President George H.W. Bush's campaign ad about Willie Horton, an African-American Massachusetts prisoner who raped a white woman while on a weekend furlough, was also a contributing factor to racial fears. Bell must have forgotten it was Al Gore who first raised the issue of furloughs for convicted felons in a debate with Michael Dukakis.

So if Reagan and Bush were to blame then, who is to blame now?

The left isn't blaming the first African-American president, though he has done very little to substantially improve conditions for poor African-Americans.

How about blaming the spoiled fruit of liberalism? The president and chancellor at the University of Missouri abruptly resigned when a group of mostly black students protested that they had not said or done enough in response to racial slights on campus. …

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