The Corner

re: The Helms Ad

Roger: I just did an interview on Helms for a radio syndicate and the question of the ad came up, as I knew it would. Every obituary written by a liberal will mention it. But consider what the ad was about: racial preferences in hiring and college admissions. Liberals were (and are) for them. Helms was against them. He cut an emotional ad on the topic in a tight race against a black challenger. That was provocative, but it was hardly racist. In accusing Helms of racism over this ad, the Left is simply try to avoid a debate that it doesn’t want to have. It would prefer to demonize those who disagree with its politically correct pieties. The alternative is making an argument as to why people should be judged by the color of their skin rather than the content of their character.

John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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