Capital Columnist Makes Sweeping Generalization
The Capital is usually good for a laugh or two; and yesterday, they did not disappoint. One of their columnists, Eric Hartley, penned a column about the US Naval Academy professor whose New York Times opinion caused some waves at the US Naval Academy. While Hartley’s left leaning opinions are not a surprise to anyone who has read a few of his columns, this time he took it to an entirely different level.
Fleming has been annoying the powers that be for years. In 2005, he wrote a book, “Annapolis Autumn,” that took a critical look at academy culture. An opinion piece last year in The Capital criticized the institution’s affirmative action policies, saying they undermine the excellence upon which the academy prides itself.
That got him labeled a racist by some, though he is a registered Democrat who called his background “completely liberal.”
One has to wonder if Mr. Hartley has ever heard of David Duke:
David Ernest Duke (born July 1, 1950) is an American white nationalist, former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, former Louisiana State Representative, and a candidate in the Democratic presidential primaries in 1988 and in the general election for President in 1992 as a member of the Republican Party.
Just curious… what were the “sweeping generalizations” made in the article, and why do you feel he’s enough of a “racist” to warrant a comparison to David Duke?
Nevermind… just read a review and critique of “Annapolis Autumn” so I’ll presume that the generalizations you refer to (as well as the Duke reference)were made in Fleming’s book) not Hartley’s article
The sweeping generalization was Hartley’s comment about the professor being called a racist and saying that he was a “registered democrat” like there could never be a registered democrat who was racist. And then I suggested that David Duke was in face a registered democrat and being the grand master of the KKK there has to be an assumption that he was a racist.
I think he is a racist. He stated that the USNA had lowered its standards in order to let more blacks in and get the free education that is normally reserved for white underachieving Senator’s kids ( McCain) and children of navy officers. He suffers from an incomplete understanding of what it means to be intelligent. He hides behind his credentials and often makes seemingly innocent yet obvious racist statements when he has a book to sell.
He appears to wear a cloak of invincibility but he has limited his students with his closed mind. Oh well.
Please don’t think I am a reactionary. Read my original comments when I was Reggie Schmoenberg : http://www.hometownannapolis.com/news/OPN/2009/06/14-47/Guest-Column-The-cost-of-a-diverse-Naval-Academy.html