[sixties-l] David Horowitz controversy at UC Berkeley

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    David Horowitz controversy at UC Berkeley

    UC Newspaper Apologizes for Insensitive Ad Message argued against slavery

    Charles Burress, Chronicle Staff Writer
    San Francisco Chronicle, March 2, 2001

    Berkeley -- Besieged by protests, the independent, student-run paper at the
    University of California at Berkeley ran a front-page apology yesterday for
    publishing an ad on the last day of Black History month against reparations
    for slavery. A similar apology was published yesterday by the campus
    paper at UC Davis. The apology in Berkeley followed a heated
    confrontation between editors and protesters in the Daily Californian
    newsroom Wednesday afternoon, said the paper's editor in chief, Daniel
    Hernandez. Protesters afterward removed all the remaining papers from
    campus news racks. The "ad allowed the Daily Cal to become an inadvertent
    vehicle for bigotry, " the paper's apology said. It said the ad
    accidentally slipped through the screening process for ads. The $1,200
    full-page ad, which appeared on Page 7 of the paper Wednesday, was written
    by neoconservative David Horowitz and was titled, "Ten Reasons Why
    Reparations for Slavery is a Bad Idea -- and Racist Too." The!
      ad was in response to a growing call for reparations for damage done to
    African Americans by slavery. The ad said no single group was responsible
    for slavery, that Black Africans and Arabs enslaved ancestors of African
    Americans, that most Americans today have no links to slavery and that
    reparations would isolate African Americans. "I was . . . extremely
    offended that this racist ad was published on the last day of Black History
    month," said Jacquelyn Lindsey, a first-year African American student who
    joined in the protest and who is helping prepare a full- page
    response. She said the ad was inaccurate and offensive, particularly
    parts saying that blacks owe a "debt" to America and that African Americans
    have "already been paid . . . trillions of dollars in the form of welfare
    benefits and racial preferences." The Daily Cal pledged to give the
    protesters a full page for their rebuttal Monday. The protesters want the
    rebuttal to run for 10 days, and they want a larger apology from the paper,
    but Hernandez said that has not been agreed on. Yesterday's apology was
    four paragraphs in the upper left corner of the front page. The paper also
    published a column by Hernandez apologizing for the ad, saying the paper
    does not publish "incorrect or blatantly inflammatory ads" and that this ad
    accidentally slipped past the normal policy of editorial board review of
    controversial ads. Horowitz, who used to be a leader of the New Left as
    editor of Ramparts magazine before turning conservative, said he is still a
    civil rights advocate and doesn't want to see African Americans become the
    target of resentment over reparations. He called the Daily Cal apology "a
    really black day for the First Amendment. . . . It's important to have a
    dialogue of many voices. The reality at UC is that there is only one voice
    on these issues because people are afraid of being called racist." He spoke
    from Los Angeles, where he is president of the Center for the Study of!
      Popular Culture, which paid for the ad. It has been published at three
    campuses -- Berkeley, Davis and the University of Chicago. The California
    Aggie in Davis ran it Wednesday and published an apology from the editor
    yesterday following protests. It ran Feb. 9 at Chicago, and no one
    protested to the paper, the Chicago Maroon, said editor in chief Daniel
    Kingerie. Timing of the ad was largely coincidental, said Horowitz's
    executive assistant Stephen Brooks. It was sent to two campuses in early
    February -- University of Chicago and California State University at
    Northridge -- because they were hosting conferences on the reparations
    issue, Brooks said. Later it was sent to 10 more campuses, and this week it
    is going out to 10 more campus papers. At least six papers rejected it,
    he said, and he has not heard back from the others. At the Harvard Crimson,
    the advertising department accepted it and it was scheduled to run Tuesday,
    but the editorial department vetoed it, Crimson!
      representatives said. Daily Cal editor Hernandez said the ad
    "essentially said that the black community should not complain about
    slavery." Horowitz said the ad focused on reparations, and that he
    recognized slavery as "a tremendous injustice." The confrontation at the
    Daily Cal newsroom grew so heated Wednesday that UC police responded, but
    Hernandez said he asked them to leave. "There was definitely a lot of
    yelling, tossing of papers, ripping of papers," he said.

    E-mail Charles Burress at cburress@s... 2001 San Francisco Chronicle 

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