Biden Op-Ed

I was disappointed by former V.P. Joe Biden’s op-ed in the NYT, Reclaiming America’s Values.” Biden basically said that there are only two American values worth reclaiming — diversity and democracy.  He said:

Reclaiming our values starts with standing up for them at home — inclusivity, tolerance, diversity, respect for the rule of law, freedom of speech, freedom of the press. If these are the democratic principles we wish to see around the world, America must be the first to model them…..

You cannot define Americans by what they look like, where they come from, whom they love or how they worship. Only our democratic values define us. And if we lose sight of this in our conduct at home or abroad, we jeopardize the respect that has made the United States the greatest nation on earth.

So, Biden does not think a common language is important; English is no more important than Lao, Swahili or Spanish.  It’s more important that people speak many different (diverse) languages than that they speak a common language.  Any kind of a shared cultural heritage is bad.  Children should renounce their parents as evil; this is something that usually occurs in teenagers anyway, although it violates the Fifth Commandment.  

While democracy and the rule of law are important, I do not believe that diversity is a touchstone of American values.  America was founded by men who looked alike and spoke the same language.  Did they believe they were evil because of that?  I don’t think so.  

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Jewish Student Population at Elite Universities

In a study of race at top colleges, the New York Times failed to examine how Jews are represented in these colleges, “Even with Affirmative Action, Blacks and Hispanics Are More Underrepresented at Top Colleges than 35 Years Ago.” .  The study only breaks out blacks, Hispanics, whites and Asians.  Jews do not consider themselves “white,” otherwise all their complaints about anti-Semitism would be meaningless.  Semitic refers to language, i.e., Hebrew, rather than to race, but Jews use it as shorthand for race.  Arabic is also a Semitic language; so, if they did not mean for anti-Semitism to refer to discrimination against Jews only, Jews themselves would be anti-Semitic because of their discrimination against Palestinians and other Arabs.  Palestinians are kept in ghettos in Israel, just as Jews were in Europe before World War II.  

Jews also try to emphasize the confusion between whether being Jewish refers to race or to religion.  Clearly it refers to both, but clearly there is a Jewish ethnicity separate from race.  An ethnic Jew who becomes a Christian, a Muslim, or an atheist remains an ethnic Jew.  Whether being Jewish means being a separate race from whites may be debatable, but it is clearly an identifiable ethnicity, such as white Hispanic or Slavic.  

I believe that Jews are overrepresented in elite universities, but they hide this fact by refusing to be distinguished from “whites.”  The result is that non-Jewish whites constitute a smaller percentage of students than most statistics indicate.  The Jerusalem Post reported in 2015 that 27 percent of Yale’s undergraduate student body is Jewish, 1,500 out of 5,477.  This figure is apparently based on information from Hillel, a religious organization, and thus may underreport non-religious, ethnic Jews at Yale.  Yale itself reports that 72 percent of its students are “white” but provides no separate data on Jewish enrollment.  Thus, it appears that non-Jewish whites make up only about 50 percent of the Yale students, lower than their share of the US population, while Jews, which reportedly make up only 2 or 3 percent of the population are hugely overrepresented.  The New York Times article did not examine this issue at all, by omitting any discussion of Jewish enrollment.  

My objection to this article is that it purposely ignores an important racial issue, while claiming to be about racial discrimination.  Pointing out the problems of blacks and Hispanics is legitimate, but it’s likely that buried in the numbers is discrimination against non-Jewish whites in favor of Jewish whites.  Therefore an interesting study would be comparing Jews (overrepresented) and Asians (underrepresented).  I suspect that part of the problem is the strongly pro-Jewish bias of the New York Times, but it is also due to the widespread Jewish practice of screaming “anti-Semitism” when anybody mentions the word “Jew.”  The Jews have intimidated everybody.  In addition, the faculties of elite universities are heavily populated by Jewish professors, who tend to play down the Jewishness of their institutions; however, it is hard to find data because Jewish faculty members are usually just reported as “white.”

Interestingly, the Jerusalem Post says that the university with greatest total number of Jewish students is the University of Florida, with 6,500 Jewish students.  

 

Mobile in WW II

The hype about the new PBS series on the Vietnam War reminded me of the PBS series on World War II, which featured my old hometown, Mobile, Alabama, as one of four ordinary cities that figured prominently in the war effort.  It described Mobile’s importance to the war effort as a shipbuilding town, and it highlighted the war experiences of some citizens of Mobile.  This is a link to the description of the city of Mobile during the war:  

City of Mobile – http://www.pbs.org/thewar/the_witnesses_towns_mobile.htm

These are two of the Mobilians who were described in the series.  Unfortunately, the search engine for the series does not seem to be working.  I could only find names I could remember.  I remember these because I went to school with some of their sons.

Herndon Inge – http://www.pbs.org/thewar/detail_5173.htm

Dwain Luce – http://www.pbs.org/thewar/detail_5167.htm

Tom Galloway – http://www.pbs.org/thewar/detail_5196.htm

Sidney Phillips – http://www.pbs.org/thewar/detail_5193.htm

Eugene Sledge – http://www.pbs.org/thewar/detail_5206.htm and http://www.pbs.org/thewar/detail_4182.htm