The Raceto Riot at Colleges; College Campuses Again Are 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." [Derived Headline]

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The Raceto Riot at Colleges; College Campuses Again Are 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." [Derived Headline]


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College campuses again are 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 story wasn't in yesterday's newspaper. It was 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 that President Reagan had disengaged the federal government from civil rights causes and that Vice President George H.W. Bush's campaign ad about Willie Horton, a black Massachusetts prisoner who raped a white woman while on a weekend furlough, was also a contributing factor to racial fears.

Bell must have forgotten that it was Al Gore who first raised the issue of furloughs for convicted felons in a debate with then- Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Michael Dukakis.

So if Reagan and Bush were to blame then, who is to blame today for a repeat of the racial conflict on some college campuses? The left isn't blaming the first black president, though he has done very little to substantially improve conditions for poor blacks. …

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