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Posts from April 2001

The life of W.E.B. DuBois, and segregation vs. separatism

On the occasion of volume 2 of David Levering Lewis’s biography of W.E.B. DuBois winning a Pulitzer Prize, David Greenberg has published a decent biographical essay on W.E.B. Du Bois [Slate.com]. Greenberg doesn’t quite seem to grasp the difference between forced segregation and the separatism that DuBois began to feel amenable to later in life, but it’s nice to see anything on DuBois published at all, really.

Anti-P.C. Right-wing Papers’ Commitment to Free Speech Tested by "God is an Abortionist" Ad

I laughed out loud at reading the latest riposte to David Horowitz’s BS, as David Mazel tests the free speech mettle of Right-wing campus newspapers (including the University of Alabama’s own Crimson White) by submitting an ad proclaiming in bold letters that 1) abortion is not murder and 2) God is an abortionist [Salon.com]. The results?

In an April 2 article in Salon, Horowitz wrote that his own ad had been accepted by 14 of 48 papers. His 29 percent acceptance rate is certainly nothing for the left to cheer about, but it sure beats my own paltry 9 percent.

Of course, I should be clear that I don’t think Right-wing campus newspapers should have to run left-wing outsider ads any more than neutral or Left-wing campus newspapers should have to run Horowitz’s crap. But I do love a good skewering of the Right’s hypocrisy from time to time. (Oh, damn, I’m criticizing David Horowitz, but I’m not running a David Horowitz banner ad on my page! I am such a PC thug that I am censoring his free speech!)

Online Security Resources for Activists

It behooves you to check out http://security.tao.ca if you are an activist or otherwise concerned about online privacy. Tons and tons and tons of great resources.

Salon’s Favorite Anti-feminist and the Frilly Pink Mantle

Beth Sundheim of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics would have made me laugh out loud if I weren’t in a public computer lab with her perfect response to Cathy Young’s latest article in Salon.com’s on-going love affair with every trendy antifeminist they can find:

How comforting it is to know that when Phyllis Schlafly’s reactionary carcass is finally laid to rest, Cathy Young will be poised to assume her frilly pink mantle.

Repro Rights Coalition Challenges Anti-Abortion Terrorist Website

The Nuremberg Files drama continues as a huge coalition of reproductive rights groups files an amicus brief asking the US 9th Circuit Court of appeals to reconsider its ruling of First Amendment protection for the NF‘s terrorism. [Choices Campus Community]

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