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Racial Shootout By: Howard Kurtz
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, September 06, 1999

Washington Post | September 6, 1999

CONSERVATIVE WRITER David Horowitz says he's deeply wounded at being labeled "a real, live bigot" by Time magazine. Calling the charge "a hateful, racial lie," Horowitz wrote Time's managing editor that he has "never written or spoken a word—or committed an act—that any reasonable person could call 'bigoted.' "

The contretemps began when Time columnist Jack White, who is black, eviscerated Horowitz over his Salon.com piece titled Guns Don't Kill Black People, Other Blacks Do.

In ridiculing an NAACP lawsuit against gun manufacturers, Horowitz accused civil rights leaders of being "demagogic race hustlers . . . supporting a fantasy in which African Americans are no longer responsible for anything negative they do, even to themselves." He added that "the myth of racial oppression . . . is an exercise in psychological denial."

Inflammatory? Sure. But is it racist to point out that 90 percent of black murders are carried out by other blacks?

White thinks so, writing that "blatant bigotry is alive and well" and that Horowitz is "a conduit through which extreme political ideas gain access to the mainstream." But Horowitz notes that he raised money for an embattled black radio commentator in Los Angeles, tried to draft Colin Powell for president, and founded the organization Hollywood Concerned to help "charities that benefit minorities and poor people."

While backing away from a threat to sue Time, Horowitz is now negotiating over the length of a reply. White and Time had no comment.


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