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Banana Boat Hate Tour Comes to Duke
Human Events ^ | January.16,2006 | Jason Mattera

Posted on 01/16/2006 10:11:47 AM PST by Reagan Man

When someone has a history of making insidious remarks—such as opining that the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 were a result of “America’s hand of villainy,” calling President Bush “the greatest terrorist in the world,” and comparing Colin Powell to a house “slave” and the Bush administration to the “Third Reich”—normal people tend to distance themselves from the bearer of such animosity.

Not Duke University. Ranked fifth nationally for its undergraduate program by U.S. News & World Report, the school is all smiles after having Calypso’s king of hate pay tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Harry Belafonte, an avowed socialist (who’s a millionaire), didn’t let the Left down. He came out swinging by likening President Bush to al Qaeda. Belafonte asked the Duke audience what the essential difference was in quality “between those who would do the cruel and tragic deed of flying an airplane into a building and killing 3,000 innocent Americans, and those who would lie and lead the nation into a war that has killed hundreds, thousands?” He followed up with “What is the difference between that terror [Bush] and other terrors [al Qaeda]?”

Belafonte continued to disparage the Bush Administration. He chided Bush for his belief in Christianity, saying that it’s terrifying when those in “high places” say that they “are guided by what [God] says.” It must have slipped Belafonte’s mind that King was a Baptist minister who commonly referenced the Bible and used its imagery when preaching about civil rights.

Belafonte also felt compelled to defend the former Soviet Union and any other failed collectivist regime. “How many great movements have been attempted by communist thinkers and socialist thinkers,” he pondered out loud.

For anyone with ears to hear, it is obvious that Dr. King’s soft tenor and brotherly love reveal a stark contrast to Belafonte’s intolerable and divisive words. King famously said, “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Belafonte is calling our President a mass-murderer and has referred to black conservatives as “tyrants.”

Not only does Belafonte’s intemperate attitude make him a poor candidate to commemorate Dr. King, but having the subject of civil rights viewed only through a leftist purview is even more questionable.

The Left cannot claim a monopoly on the civil rights movement, as they usually do. If anything, it was their faith in and adulation for government that was responsible for Jim Crow laws. For instance, although most metropolitan transit systems were privately owned, the government instituted segregationist laws, mandating that private companies could not allow race mingling. Business owners—racist or not—lobbied steadfastly against the government because they were losing money during the transportation boycotts. To these businessmen, green was the only color they cared about. The conservative precepts of limited government and free association were hostile to the coercive Jim Crow rules and regulations.

Furthermore, the position taken by Belafonte and his radical posse that minorities should have their race, ethnicity, and gender considered during the college admission process and in business transactions only metastasizes, not alleviates, racial animosity and division. By being smitten with this stance, in fact, the Left commits the very sin of discrimination that brought about the civil rights movement. In addition, those who favor racial preferences are actually tacitly condoning the same method and powers that wrongfully used race as a source of authority, entitlement, and oppression over the black community.

But students will never hear that point of view at Duke. The school has regularly excluded conservative black leaders such as Ward Connerly, J.C. Watts and Clarence Thomas from honoring MLK. Nowadays, in order to grace academia’s doorstep, one must be an outspoken lunatic who embraces communist thugs overseas.

Duke officials, however, were comfortable and delighted to have Belafonte address the student body. Ben Reese, co-chair of the King Commemoration Committee, gloated that “Harry Belafonte was the unanimous choice of the committee and we look forward to welcoming him to the Duke campus.” Judith Ruderman, Duke’s vice provost for academic and administrative services, said that the University was “very lucky to have gotten [Belafonte].”

Ruderman admitted that Belafonte was a contentious choice, but she asserted that this was a prime example of “free speech.” According to her, “If we [Duke] believe in free speech, which we do, and if we’ve invited controversial speakers in the past, which we have, there is nothing new here.” For Ruderman to bring “free speech” into the debate means that she has no idea what she’s talking about. The problem is not Duke’s “free speech,” but its academic judgment in hosting the grumpy, salacious, and undomesticated Belafonte to talk about Dr. King’s legacy and values. Liberals always mindlessly babble on about “free speech” when they draw intellectual blanks, but such freedom if exercised properly would imply a diversity of opinion that has no precedent at Duke.

Using MLK’s anniversary to sermonize the Left’s message is nothing new for Duke. Last year, the MLK speaker was two-time Communist Party vice presidential candidate Angela Davis. Davis, the third woman to appear on the FBI’s Most Wanted List and a recipient of the Lenin “Peace Prize” from the police state of East Germany, has said that the “only path of liberation for black people is that which leads toward complete and radical overthrow of the capitalist class.”

It’s clear from his ridiculous antics that Belafonte is a has-been who’s trying to relive his glory days, but Duke University should know better than to satisfy his unhealthy craving for attention in support of Duke’s own drive toward infamy.

TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: belafonte; dukeu; highereducation

1 posted on 01/16/2006 10:11:48 AM PST by Reagan Man
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To: Reagan Man

Duke = southern playground for the sons and daughters of northeatern elites

2 posted on 01/16/2006 10:16:49 AM PST by SC33
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To: Reagan Man
Duke is trying to overtake Berkley of Caif as the most liberal bias university of the US.
3 posted on 01/16/2006 10:19:50 AM PST by geo40xyz (Born a democRAT, dad sit me free in 1952 when he said that i didn't need to be a donkey)
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To: Reagan Man
Oh, now. Stalinism is, you know, just a different "perspective." Americanism, however, is hate speech.

That's how it goes with the fanatics on the Left.

4 posted on 01/16/2006 10:24:33 AM PST by Reactionary
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To: Reagan Man

I wish a terminal illness on this piece of work..

5 posted on 01/16/2006 10:29:30 AM PST by InsureAmerica (Evil? I have many words for it. We are as dust, to them. - v v putin)
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To: SC33

As if anybody needed another reason to hate Dook!

6 posted on 01/16/2006 10:32:30 AM PST by Minus_The_Bear
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To: Reagan Man
Day o. Day ay ay o.
Made me big U.S. money
now me wanna go home.

7 posted on 01/16/2006 10:38:24 AM PST by TigersEye (Singing about bananas makes you a foreign policy expert? Where's Donovan?)
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To: Reagan Man
It must have slipped Belafonte’s mind.....

Slipped his what?

8 posted on 01/16/2006 10:39:13 AM PST by Southside_Chicago_Republican (Just say "No" to Judy Baar Topinka)
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To: Reagan Man


This dumbass university is forking over at least $10,000 for this Harry Belefonte performance

9 posted on 01/16/2006 10:48:37 AM PST by dennisw ("What one man can do another can do" - The Edge)
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To: Reagan Man

As far as I'm concerned, Belafonte, Jimmy Buffett, Carlos Santana and Bonnie Raitt can all leave this country and go cut sugar cane for Castro; the sooner the better.

10 posted on 01/16/2006 10:59:07 AM PST by NRA1995 (GOOOOOOO STEELERS!!!)
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To: geo40xyz

You don't understand: Duke is a university with too much money attempting to buy its way into the academic inner

11 posted on 01/16/2006 11:07:41 AM PST by quadrant
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To: geo40xyz

Actually, I am surprised BElafonte didn't go to UNC-Chapel Hill. A friend of mine who used to live there once jokingly called UNC-Chapel Hill the COmmunist Headquarters of the Southeast. Duke is getting there, slowly but surely.

12 posted on 01/16/2006 11:12:22 AM PST by Big Steve (3 Words We Remembered on November 2- LEAVE NO DOUBT!)
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To: Reagan Man

It's only racist if you're white.

It's only hypocracy if you're a conservative.

It's only sexist if you're male.

It's only discrimination if you're Christian.

Since we're none of the above, it's okay. Have a nice day and keep voting Democrat. :)

13 posted on 01/16/2006 11:20:24 AM PST by Tzimisce
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To: Big Steve
I think today Duke is worse than Chapel Hill in terms of leftist extremism run rampt.

The deconstructionists have totally destroyed the English department and are wrecking everything else, despite some noble efforts by moderates (i.e., liberals who are full-blown Communists).

The turning point came when Stanley Fish took over the English Dept. some years ago.

Even though Duke is supposed to be affiliated with the Methodist Church, the beautiful Duke Chapel was determine NOT to be chapel or part of the Methodist Church so that same sex weddings could occur there. I'm sure Washington and James Duke are turning in their graves to see their names besmirched by this rat hole.

P.S. I'm a graduate of this dreadful institution and am embarrassed to admit it.

14 posted on 01/16/2006 11:22:03 AM PST by WashingtonSource (Freedom is not free.)
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To: Big Steve

By moderates I meant to see liberals who are NOT full blown Communists.

15 posted on 01/16/2006 11:23:37 AM PST by WashingtonSource (Freedom is not free.)
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To: quadrant

Duke has always been a rich wannabe. That's why they've gone out of their way to throw money at just about anybody who can get them headlines.

Pity, because I believe that once upon a time, they may actually have had some kind of academic life, and they weren't badly thought of, particularly in the legal world. I'm sure they're still well thought-of, although they've replaced performance with liberal bluster. But who am I to say? The latter probably sells better in any case.

16 posted on 01/16/2006 11:24:19 AM PST by livius
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To: livius
Until the mid-sixties Duke was a sort of finishing school for rich who couldn't make it into one of the Ivies. Then
Duke decided to change its image. What does it change to:
not a unique and individual university but into a pathetic and pale imitation of those institutions that will never accept it.
Duke is similar to the young man who has been rejected by the best frat on campus. Instead of trying to be his own
man, he mimics the pledges of best frat.
17 posted on 01/16/2006 3:03:01 PM PST by quadrant
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18 posted on 01/16/2006 4:15:10 PM PST by Alia
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To: Reagan Man
an avowed socialist (who’s a millionaire),

he probably gives a huge percentage of his earnings/assets to feed poor folks in the third world

19 posted on 01/16/2006 6:38:02 PM PST by alrea
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To: WashingtonSource
I think today Duke is worse than Chapel Hill in terms of leftist extremism run rampt.

hey wait a minute. we heels still have that title.

20 posted on 01/16/2006 6:40:08 PM PST by alrea
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