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Subject: FW: [BRC-NEWS] Is AEI a Bastion of Racist Theory?
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Monday, April 26, 1999


     One of the most influential think tanks in the United States also
houses several of the nation's most controversial pundits on race issues.
In a new analysis, researcher Deborah Toler scrutinizes what she calls the
"race desk" at the American Enterprise Institute.

     Toler, a policy analyst with the Institute for Public Accuracy,
contends that mainstream AEI conservatives and racist hate groups such as
the Council of Conservative Citizens share a preoccupation with managing
the emerging majority of people of color in the United States. According
to AEI fellows, African Americans in particular constitute a major threat
to Western civilization.

     In "The End of Racism," AEI's John M. Olin fellow Dinesh D'Souza
blames African Americans' so-called "culture of poverty" for their
"failure" to achieve what whites and Asians in the U.S. have achieved.
D'Souza advocates as an appropriate policy response the repeal of the 1964
Civil Rights Act.  Black conservatives Glenn Loury and Robert Woodson
found "The End of Racism"  so offensive that they severed all ties with
AEI in protest.

     Charles Murray's proposed study of genetic explanations for poverty
was too hot to handle for the conservative Manhattan Institute -- but not
for AEI, where he is a Bradley Fellow and where he completed the
controversial book "The Bell Curve." In his book "Slouching Towards
Gomorrah," Robert Bork -- AEI's John M. Olin Fellow in Legal Studies --
locates much of the blame for the "decline of bourgeois culture" in
African American culture. AEI fellow Ben Wattenberg shares Bork's
perspective and has written that the global demographic dominance of
non-European populations threatens the ability of the West to continue its
role as "the driving force of modernization."

     Despite considerable criticism of the overtly anti-African-American
views of its most visible racial policy analysts, AEI continues to rake in
huge sums of money from conservative foundations, corporations and
individual contributors. The Olin, William H. Donner and JM foundations
fund Wattenberg's PBS television show, "Think Tank." AEI had $18.6 million
in revenues in 1997 and expenses of only $14.3 million, allowing it to
invest the surplus in building its endowment and pre-funding future

Toler's "The Right's 'Race Desk'" is a Think Tank Monitor inquiry. Think
Tank Monitor is a joint project of IPA and the media watch group FAIR.

The article is available in the most recent issue of Extra!, at or from the Institute for Public Accuracy.
Interviews with Toler can be arranged by calling Sam Husseini at the
Institute for Public Accuracy: (202) 347-0020.

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