Westling’s actual relation to the unfinishednbusiness of the King plagiarismncase.n— Walter G. MueldernDean Emeritus, BostonnUniversity School of TheologynBoston, MAnPlease see Cultural Revolutions for anreply.nOn ‘DefiningnAnti-Semitism’nAllan Brownfeld’s defense of Pat Buchanannignored the clearest example ofnBuchanan’s anti-Semitism. In one of hisncolumns, Buchanan wrote that the warnIsrael wanted would be fought bynAmerican soldiers. He then listed anrepresentation of the surnames thatnwould fight in such a war. He wasncareful to list an Anglo name, an Irishnname, a black name, and a Hispanicnname — obviously missing was a Jewishnname. The implication of Buchanan’snomission, that Jews would promote thenwar but not fight in it, was fairly explicit.nBrownfeld’s ignorance of this evidence,nor his decision to ignore it, renders hisndefense of Buchanan not very reliable.n— Barry UdoffnNew York, NYnTHE STORY OF Martin LuthernKing, Jr.’s plagiarism has elicited annumber of responses, most of themndisingenuous. Walter Muelder, the formerndean of Boston University’snSchool of Theology, would like tonexculpate Boston University’s JonnWestling (see page 4) but only succeedsnin making matters worse. Mr.nMuelder casually reveals what shouldnhave been evident all along: that fromnbeginning to end, from the Decembern1989 interview with the London Telegraphnto the present. King Papers editornClayborne Carson has consistentlynmisrepresented the facts and distortednthe evidence. According to Mr.nMuelder, Mr. Carson denied King’snOn ‘New York vs.nNew York’nBill Kauffman made some good pointsnin his article (January 1991), but hisnbitterness directed at all things “downstate”ncaused him to overlook a fewnfacts. Somehow he manages to makenManhattan synonymous with the wholendownstate region, which would includenNew York City’s outer boroughs, Westchester,nand Rockland counties andnLong Island. He writes that the upstatedownstatendivision can be seen in thendifferences between “an Elba onionnfarmer” and Jackie Onassis, ReverendnAl Sharpton and Billy Joel. What kindnof comparison is that? Kauffman mustnknow that there are a few million othernpeople in the Metropolitan New Yorknarea whose lifestyles are much morensimilar to that farmer in Elba than tonsuch celebrities. And then he viewsnDavid Leavitt (who is not native to thenarea) as the laureate of the whole NewnYork region — even though most MetronNew Yorkers probably have never heardnof him. I am not saying that there arennot any significant diff^erences betweennthe upstate and downstate regions —nethnicity, urbanism, and suburbanismnare the most obvious. But Kauffinannshould realize the variations withinndownstate also.nCULTURAL REVOLUTIONSnplagiarism to Mr. Westling “unambiguously,”nand apparently this is wherenthe latter got the notion that “not ansingle instance” of plagiarism is evidentnin any of the 343 pages of King’sndissertation. One scholar who did notnhesitate to use the “P-word” wasnKing’s biographer, David Garrow.nMisled by the New York Times’ Novembern10 story, we accused Mr.nGarrow of being part of the cover-up.nWe were mistaken and apologize. Mr.nGarrow found out the story about thensame time as other King scholars andnhad been assured that Mr. Carsonnwould be forthcoming with the truth.nIn fact, even though it is now knownnthat King plagiarized far more than justnnnBy associating Billy Joel with thosenother New Yorkers, Kauffinan overiooksnthe fact that Joel is a native LongnIslander who has fought to maintain thenvanishing culture of the baymen inneastern Long Island, and has helpednmake his fellow islanders proud of anregion that is too often seen as only anreal estate deal or a sleep-away camp fornrich Manhattanites. Another interestingnexample of differences within downstatenNew York is the classic New Yorknaccent—which Kauffman has ridiculednin recent articles. Long Islanders andnothers from New Jersey and NYC’snouter boroughs have recently been attendingnclasses to get rid of these terriblenaccents so they can land a job in the BignApple. It seems that this accent isndeemed provincial and declasse’ innManhattan — which seems populatednmore by Midwesterners than nativenNew Yorkers now anyway. So whilenKauffrnan should be applauded for hisncall for an independent upstate, henshould realize that the downstate monolithnhe dreads so much is itself andivided house.n— R.P. CiminonWantagh, NYnhis doctoral dissertation, includingnmany of his other essays and speeches,nMr. Carson continues his campaign ofndeception and distortion. An article innthe November/December 1990 StanfordnObserver quotes him as sayingn”his [King’s] professors did not expectnoriginality in his compositions.” SurelynDr. Carson, Ph.D., knows that thenchief requirement of a doctoral dissertationnis that it constitute an originalncontribution to scholarship. But thenprize for duplicity goes to the StanfordnObserver itself, which entitled its unsignednarticle “Allegation of Plagiarism.”nEven Carson has quit using thenword “allegation.”nMr. Carson laid on another coat ofnAPRIL 1991/5n