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Newsstand Distribution by Eastem NewsrnDistributors, Inc., 1130 Cleveland Road,rnSandusky, OH 44870.rnCopyright © 1994 by The Rockford Institute.rnAll rights reserved.rnChronicles (ISSN 0887-5731) is publishedrnmonthly for $28 per year by The RockfordrnInstitute, 934 North Main Street, Rockford,rnIL 61103-7061. Second-class postage paidrnat Rockford, IL and additional mailing offices.rnPOSTMASTER: Send address changes tornChronicles, P.O. Box 800, Mount Morris,rnIL 61054.rnThe views expressed in Chmnicles are thernauthors’ alone and do not necessarily reflectrnthe views of The Rockford Institute or of itsrndirectors. Unsolicited manuscripts cannot bernretumed unless accompanied by a self-addressedrnstamped envelope.rnChroniclesrnVol. 18, No. 8 August 1994rnPrinted in the United States of AmericarnPOLEMICS & EXCHANGESrnOn Women inrnthe MilitaryrnHaving briefly served on the staff of thernPresidential Commission on the Assignmentrnof Women in the Armed Forces, Irnread R. Cort Kirkwood’s “Life on thernFront Lines” (Vital Signs, March 1994)rnwith interest. His report on the commissionrnis exactly correct. Particularlyrndepressing is that so many of the NavalrnAcademy and Military Academy graduatesrnon the commission considered equalrnopportunity to be more important thanrnmilitary readiness. Even more depressingrnis that no senior military officers are nowrnwilling to voice any opposition to currentrnplans to put women in combat. Apparentlyrnnone of them are, or desire to be,rnreal men—or leaders of real men.rn—Andrew G. Van SantrnAnnapolis, MDrnCULTURAL REVOLUTIONSrnT H E DEFINITION OF RACISM isrnexpanding every day. For example, somernNew Jersey residents say a communityrnthat erects anticrime walls and gates,rncommon in California and other states,rnis guilty of racism, no matter who livesrnthere. But don’t we have a right to selfprotection?rnIn Georgia, a drugstorernchain is accused of racism because itrnputs security tags on certain items tornprevent shoplifting. But isn’t passiverncrime prevention acceptable? In Indiana,rntwo white teenage girls are accusedrnof “acting black” because they wear hiphoprnclothing—baggy jeans and boots—rnmade popular by black performers in raprnmusic videos. Now let me get thisrnstraight: clothes are racist? Heck, if that’srnall it takes, I act black every weekend.rnThere’s more. High school studentsrnhave invented the term “whigger,” whichrnsupposedly refers to a white person whornwants to be black. That sounds like arnstretch to me, but the term’s usage isrngrowing. And Jesse Jackson, of all people,rnsays, “There is nothing more painfulrnto me . . . than to walk down the streetrnand hear footsteps and start thinkingrnabout robbery. Then [I] look aroundrnand see someone white and feel relieved.”rnThat was in our nation’s capital,rnwhere he lives. It’s true that black-onblackrncrime is increasing, but is JessernJackson racist? I doubt it.rnHowever, he has a point. Crime isrncrime, whether it’s black-on-black,rnblack-on-white, white-on-black, or anyrnother combination. The beatings ofrnRodney King and Reginald Denny werernboth despicable and should have beenrncondemned by both black and whiternleaders. And yet, they weren’t. We needrnleaders who are truly race-blind. Otherwise,rnwe’ll continue to suffer both antiwhiternand antiblack violence.rnSegregation, planned or voluntary, isrnincreasing—but not where you think.rnOf the six states with rapid re-segregation,rnfour are in the north: Michigan,rnNew Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland.rnOf the five states with the fewest whitesrnin mostly black schools, all are in thernnorth: Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey,rnNew York, and Pennsylvania. A recentrnstudy by Harvard University for the NationalrnSchool Boards Association foundrnthat “schools in the Northeast are thernmost racially separate of any region,”rnwhile “the South remained the most integratedrnregion.” This confirms whatrnSoutherners who have lived in the northrnhave long noticed: that segregation inrnthe South did not foster the seething,rnunspoken, insidious racial hatred thatrnstill exists in the north. Compare thernstudy’s actual facts to the holier-thanthournpronouncements of certain northernersrnover the last few decades.rn—^Andre MarrournRUSSELL KIRK’S DEATH on Aprilrn29 deprived both the world of letters andrnhigh-toned American conservatism ofrnone of its premier representatives. Authorrnof numerous studies on topics rangingrnfrom constitutional law to economicsrnand creator of Gothic mysteries andrnghost stories, Kirk left behind a corpusrntestifying to his rich learning and literaryrngifts. His best remembered work. ThernConservative Mind, which has gonern4/CHRONICLESrnrnrn