Tuesday, July 22, 2003

Rights and Reason: We don't want your kind around here

This in from Erin O'Connor at Critical Mass. In a letter dated July, 9th, Michigan Congressman John Dingell has told Ward Connerly, University of California Regent and black anti-affirmative action activist, that he is not welcome in Michigan.

Here is the text of the letter:

Congress of the United States
House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515-2215
July 9, 2003

Mr. Ward Connerly
American Civil Rights Coalition
P.O. Box 188350
Sacramento, CA 95818

Mr. Connerly:

The people of Michigan have a simple message to you: go home and stay there. We do not need you stirring up trouble where none exists.

Michiganders do not take kindly to your ignorant meddling in our affairs. We have no need for itinerant publicity seekers, non-resident troublemakers or self-aggrandizing out-of-state agitators. You have created enough mischief in your own state to last a lifetime.

We reject your “black vs. white” politics that were long ago discarded to the ash heap of history. Your brand of divisive racial politics has no place in Michigan, or in our society. So Mr. Connerly, take your message of hate and fear, division and destruction and leave. Go home and stay there, you’re not welcome here.

With every good wish,

Sincerely yours,


John D. Dingell
Member of Congress
Creepy. Dingell even has the audacity to post the letter on his website. (PDF). Dingell's letterhead has a statement at the bottom saying that his letter was "prepared, published, and mailed at taxpayer expense." I'm sure the taxpayers appreciate that vague threats are being issued on their dime.

While it is commonly held that affirmative action promotes racial diversity, it's plain to see that one of its leading proponents cares little for intellectual diversity.

UPDATE: Here's Ward Connerly's reply

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